As a WFHM, I rarely wear jewelry since it’s very tempting for little hands to pull. Especially since the majority of my jewelry stash is made up of large statement pieces that are particularly grab-able. After I rediscovered these dainty bar necklaces I’d made for an Etsy shop I had years ago while cleaning out my craft room, I was immediately smitten.
I absolutely adore the organic look and delicate feel of these necklaces. They make a great finishing touch to any outfit and are so light I barely even notice that I’m wearing a necklace at all. Plus, I love the pop of color from the center bead. It’s so customizable, you can totally fit it into whatever season or color palette currently making up your closet right now.
This necklace is a quick make and so simple to put together. It’s the perfect project if you’re just getting into crafting your own wardrobe!
- Lobster Claw Clasp
- Chain (optional to get 2 different sizes to make the necklace adjustable like I did, but not necessary)
- Jump Rings
- Eye Head Pin
- Gold Seed Beads
- Colored Bead
- Pliers + Wire Cutter
Because this necklace doesn’t require very many beads, you could also get creative and shop your closet for materials. I got all my colored beads from an old bracelet that was collecting dust in my jewelry box. You could also reuse chains + clasps from necklaces that don’t get much wear for a low-impact craft.
Full disclosure: You can also buy all of your supplies from any major craft store (I did). But since I’ve pledged to start supporting more small, local, and indie businesses, I thought I’d link to a few of those that you can support. I did not purchase my materials from these shops, but they are the ones I would try out when purchasing these supplies in the future.
Step 1: Using your wire cutter, cut 2 pieces of chain to your desired length (I made mine 9in / 23cm). If you are making your necklace adjustable, cut two pieces of your smaller chain 7in / 18cm, one piece of your larger chain 2in / 5cm, and another piece 3in / 8cm. Attach chains with jump rings to form 2 larger chains. Set aside.
Step 2: String your eye head pin. I chose to do 3 gold seed beads, 1 colored bead, then 3 more gold beads but you can honestly do whatever you want here!
Step 3: If needed, use your wire cutter to trim any excess from your eye head pin, leaving a bit at the end. Using your needle nosed pliers, form the cut end of the pin into a circle to mimic the eye on the other side.
Step 4: Using your needle-nosed pliers, attach a small chain to each end of the eye pin. Be sure to crimp the openings closed with your pliers so your chain doesn’t slip off.
Step 5: Attach a jump ring joining the end of one chain to a lobster claw clasp. If necessary, add a jump ring to the other end of the chain to join.
That’s it! Now you have a beautiful, delicate necklace perfect for dressing up or down, depending on your mood.
Be sure to tag me, @happymakes_me if you create your own so I can see your lovely makes!