- tape measure (not pictured)
- scotch tape (not pictured)
- wire cutter (not pictured)
- round nose pliers
- safety pin
- black embroidery thread (i used two bundles of it)
- 1/2″ wide silver curb chain 16″ long (i used double curb chain)
- 18″ of clear rhinestone chain
- (28) glass pearls 6mm round
- (28) 1″ silver head pins
- (2) silver jump rings 6mm
- (1) lobster clasp
- a 2″ chain extender (or piece of chain with links large enough for the clasp to link into.)
Begin this project by cutting the curb chain and the rhinestone chain to size with the wire cutters. The curb chain should be 16″ long and the rhinestone chain should be 18″ long because it is going on the outside of the curb chain and therefore needs to be slightly longer.
Next take the embroidery thread and cut it into 4 pieces, each 110 inches long. Keep them lined up together in a bunch.
Next roll the four strands of embroidery thread into a single piece of tape to create the look of the end of a shoelace. Then take scissors and snip the tip into an angle. Repeat this step to the other end of the 4 strands as well. Doing this will make it so much easier to weave the thread in and out of the chain.
Now take your 4 thread bundle and put it through the top link in the curb chain and line it up so that both sides of the thread are evenly distributed. You can also take the safety pin and attach the top of the chain to something like a pillow to keep it from moving while you are weaving.
It will look messy the first couple of links and then once you get the hang of it, you will start to see the correct shape start to take place. With the chain I was using I made 3 or 4 knots on each link before I jumped down to the next link. Also, i know it’s a lot of string to be holding and keeping straight/un-knotted. It will get easier as you work your way down and the thread starts to get shorter.
Once you are done weaving the thread through to the very last link you can tie it off. Make sure it is tied securely so it won’t come undone in the future.
Take your scissors and trim off the excess thread.
Now, flip the chain over so that you are working on the bottom of it (where you didn’t weave) and grab your rhinestone chain and another piece of embroidery thread cut to 110 inches long. This time you will only need one strand. Pull the thread through the top link in the chain and make sure it is once again evenly spaced on either side of the chain. Now grab both ends of the thread and wrap a piece of tape around the end and snip at an angle. This way the thread is now doubled in thickness and is 55″ long.
Now just start wrapping the rhinestone chain onto the links. Make sure to do this as securely as possible.
When you have wrapped the rhinestone chain all the way to the bottom of the last link of curb chain, cut any extra length of rhinestone chain off with the wire cutters and then tie off the thread so that it will not unravel. Then cut off the excess thread.
Next grab your pearls, headpins and pliers. It’s time to start attaching the pearls to the necklace.
Place a pearl on a headpin and then snip off 1/3rd of the end of the pin because it’s too long. (i’m using a 3-in-1 tool that also works as a wire cutter.)
Now gently bend the top of the wire into a round shape using the round nose pliers. don’t close it all the way though.
Loop the headpin onto a notch on the embroidery thread (on the rhinestone side of the chain)and then close it all the way. using the pliers. I spaced them one pearl, every 3 rhinestones and just kept attaching them like that all the way around.
When you have finished attaching pearls all the way around it should look like this and you should still have 1 pearl left. keep that one handy because you will use it in a minute.
Now grab your jump-rings, clasp and extender chain. Attach one jump-ring to the end of curb chain and also to the lobster clasp and then close it. and attach the other jump-ring to the end of the extender chain and then to the curb chain.
And Voila! It is complete! (and it looks kind of badass with a ladylike twist.) I don’t know about you, but I really like it.
Here I am wearing it on the shortest length, but you can adjust it to be longer using the extender chain which makes it more versatile.
Are you ready to make one of your own? I would love to see the results whenever one of my readers makes one of my DIY projects. I created a hashtag on instagram #designthriftdiy. Please use it and post pictures of your finished Design Thrift DIY’s.