Finally, as promised I made a tutorial on how to make a ladder necklace. Sorry about the delay. This DIY project was inspired by a bunch of ladder necklaces made by Vanessa Mooney. This project is inspired the most by this necklace in particular. It’s gorgeous and bohemian and would look amazing on tanned summer skin, except it’s $180 and most people probably don’t have it in their budget to spend $180 on a necklace unless it’s fine jewelry like gold or diamonds. So, I decided to make my own (for around $20) and now so can you.
This project will take approximately 2 hours to complete and it uses wire wrapping. (if you don’t know how to do wire wrapping, have no fear, a tutorial on wire wrapped links is right here. All of the sudden i’m Doctor Seuss!) Also you can use any combination of beads and chain for this project, the ones I used are just suggestions. Bone beads or something else would be equally beautiful.
For this project you will need:
- wire cutters
- round nose pliers
- chain nose pliers
- ruler (not pictured)
- 24 gauge wire
- 40″ of rolo chain (I used this kind) (for a guide to different types of chain go here.)
- 7″ of double curb chain
- 9 oblong beads (i used these)
- 38 5mm heishi spacers
- 22 gold trade beads, or any kind of beads really
- 2 6mm jump rings (i used these)
- 22 4mm jump rings (i used these)
- a spring ring clasp or lobster clasp
Begin by cutting two 8″ pieces of chain from your 40″ long rolo chain using your wire cutters and ruler. You don’t have to use rolo chain, it can be any type of chain you want as long as it is smaller in width to the double curb chain that will make up the centerpiece.
Next, grab two of the smaller jump rings and your clasp and use your pliers to attach the clasp to the end of the 2 pieces of 8″ chain. (I used a chain tab but that’s optional, just using a jump ring will work just fine as well.)
When you are finished it should look like the above picture.
Now cut a 2″ piece of wire and grab one of the trade beads.
Now make a wire wrapped link just like in the tutorial that i made, except when it says to add a piece of chain to the link, use the end of the necklace you just started and DO NOT put another piece of chain on the bottom of the link. When complete it should look just like the one in the picture above.
Repeat this step for the other side of the necklace and it should look like this.
Next take your curb chain and cut it into two 3.5″ pieces using the wire cutters.
Now grab 2 more of the smaller jump-rings and use them to attach the curb chain to the wire wrapped links you just made.
Next, repeat that last step 8 more times until you have 9 of these beautiful wire wrapped links. This is the most time consuming part of the process, but once you get the hang of wire wrapping, it will become easier and faster.
Now that all of the links have been made, you can begin attaching them to the curb chain using one jump ring on each end. Make sure to space them out evenly on the chain.
I find it easier to attach all of the links onto one side of the chain first. Like i did above. And then move on to the other side and attach those.
Keep working until all of the links are attached on both sides with jump-rings.
Now cut another 2″ piece of wire and grab a trade bead and a heishi spacer.
Wire wrap them right onto the end of the curb chain, just like you did with the first 2 at the top of the necklace.
Repeat that step and put it on the other curb chain end. As seen above.
Now, take the remaining section of rolo chain that you should still have left and cut it into 3 pieces. One should be 4″ long, one should be 7.5″ long and the last one should be 12″ long. Also grab the 2 larger jump-rings and open them.
Slide the chain onto the jump-ring with the shortest one being on the inside and the longest on the outside and attach it to the end of the wire wrapped link that you just completed.
Do the same for the other side and it should create a tiered swag shape.
The ladder necklace is now complete.
Enjoy it and wear it to all the festivals and fun summer outings you can because it’s gorgeous! Also, you saved a ton of money by making it yourself so obviously you should be proud of yourself and make sure to tell everyone that you DIY’ed it and so can they! And then kindly point them to this tutorial 🙂