Have you ever had the desire to create your own necklace but weren’t sure how to begin? With this DIY tutorial, you’ll be on your way to making beautiful jewelry for yourself or to gift to your favorite person.
Here is what you will need to make your own necklace. For your convenience, I have included affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
- 2 pairs of flat nose pliers
- 5 large jump rings
- I use 18 gauge 7.0 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- 3 small jump rings
- I use 18 gauge 3.5 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- 2 tiny jump rings
- I use 22 gauge 2.2 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- length of chain
- for an 18-inch necklace, I use about 17 1/2 inches
- 1 small lobster clasp
- I use about a 9mm lobster clasp. You can skip this if you are using chain that comes with a clasp on it
How to create your own necklace:
You can vary it up using different metals or color rings. For example, you can use aluminum rings in multiple colors for a teenage girl or use gold jump rings to make a gift for a special birthday or holiday (or simply to treat yourself!).
To get started on the pendant, take the five largest jump rings (7.0 mm) and close one of them (you know it’s closed well when it makes a click sound and the two ends are flush). Take a second one and loop it through the first jump ring and close it tight.
Hold the two jump rings so that they are flat against each other with a small opening between them, kind of like you are making a venn diagram (I know, who would have thought a jewelry tutorial would involve something you probably haven’t used since high school). Take a third jump rings and loop it through that opening where first two jump rings overlap. Now close up that jump ring.
You’re going to do the same thing again, but hold two of the rings together and make a venn diagram with the third ring. Link the fourth large jump ring through this opening and close it up.
One last time. Hold three of the jump rings together and make a venn diagram with the fourth jump ring. Link the fifth and last jump ring through that opening close it up.
To complete the pendant, take one of the smaller jump rings (3.5 mm ID) and loop it through the five rings. Close it it nice and tight with the pliers. I like to add a second smaller ring as well, but you can just use the one.
Now to make the actual necklace! Loop the really tiny jump ring (2.2 mm) onto one end of the chain, and then loop it through ring on the end of the lobster clasp. Close the ring so it is nice and secure. String on the pendant, making sure to go through the small jump rings (3.5 mm) so that the pendant hangs down. Once it is strung on, loop another tiny jump ring (2.2 mm) on the other end of the chain and close it. Loop the small jump ring (3.5 mm) through the tiny one and close. (This is where you will hook on the clasp.)
That’s it, you are done! Your spiral pendant necklace is ready to be worn or wrapped in a nice box and gifted. And if you want something beautiful to coordinate, see how to make earrings that match!
A version of this post originally appeared on A Dish of Daily Life.