Have you ever had the desire to create your own necklace but weren’t sure how to begin? You see pin after pin of GORGEOUS jewelry making tutorials on Pinterest and feel overwhelmed by all the choices and materials.
Stop right there, because I’ve got some good news for you!
One thing I’ve learned from years of teaching jewelry making combined with selling handmade jewelry is to start simple.
Now, simple doesn’t mean ugly or boring.
Quite the opposite.
Simple can be elegant and classic and timeless.
Take this necklace
It’s super simple and elegant, and yet it was one of my most popular jewelry designs back when I was selling jewelry.
Even if you’ve NEVER held a pair of jewelry pliers for you, I promise that with this DIY tutorial, you’ll be on your way to making this beautiful necklace for yourself or to gift to your favorite person.
And the best part is you can make your own pendant necklace in under 10 minutes!
Seriously, how beautiful is this?
how to make this simple pendant necklace:
Before we move onto the tutorial a couple of notes:
- Even though this necklace is made with sterling silver, 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!).
- This necklace features a spiral pendant, which is a 5-ring Mobius spiral (if you’ve never made one before, make sure you check out that tutorial first!)
- 5 large open jump rings ( for this tutorial I use 16 gauge 9.5 mm ID (inner diameter) sterling silver jump rings, but I've also made it with 18 gauge 7.0 mm jump rings)
- 3 small open jump rigs (I use 18 gauge 4.5 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- 2 tiny jump rings (I use 22 gauge 2.2 mm ID sterling silver jump rings)
- 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)
- length of chain (I prefer flat cable chain for an 18-inch necklace, I use about 17 1/2 inches
- Using the three largest jump rings (9.5 mm), make a 5-ring mobius spiral.
- To complete the pendant, take one of the smaller jump rings (4.5 mm ID) and loop it through the five rings. Close 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 the 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 (4.5 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 (4.5 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.
- In my FREE mini video course, Jewelry Making Basics, you'll learn the right way to open and close a jump ring and how to make a Mobius spiral. Click here register or go to www.linkouture.com/jewelry-making-basics.
- This tutorial assumes some basic jewelry-making skills, but if you'd like a video tutorial of this and all of the other skills used in this tutorial, I recommend you register for my paid course, Jewelry Making Fundamentals. Click here to register or go to www.linkouture.com/fundamentals
- Make it a matching set with these simple spiral dangle earrings!
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Want to make more jewelry with the same tools & supplies?
- Simple spiral earrings — These gorgeous earrings coordinate perfectly with this necklace
- Spiral chain bracelet — This chic bracelet looks really complicated but is basically just a bunch of spirals strung together.
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A version of this post originally appeared on A Dish of Daily Life.