Learn how to make a chain lariat necklace with just a few supplies and materials. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can put together a beautiful necklace!
Once upon a time, I was involved in an organization for young professionals. There were several interest groups, from the neighborhood in which you lived to people who worked in specific fields to a bookclub.
I, of course, ran the craft group.
About once a month we’d meet up to do try a different project. From card decorating to making clay figurines, we were on a mission to try our hands at different mediums and bond over our love of crafting.
One month we went to this fantastic jewelry-making studio in the neighborhood that has sadly since gone out of business. It was my go-to place to learn new skills — these were the days before Pinterest and YouTube was in its infancy stage.
On this particular Craft Club meet up we were learning how to make lariat necklaces, and I absolutely fell in love. With just a length of chain and a few beads, I learned how easy it was to put together a stunning necklace. One of my favorite things about lariat necklaces is there are so many variations, and none of them take very long to make.
For this particular necklace, you will use a large closed ring and a bead that strings through the ring.
You can easily customize this chain lariat necklace, using multiple beads on the end instead of one or creating a large loop out of wire instead of the hoop.
Let’s get started!
Here is what you will need to make these beaded lariat necklace designs. For your convenience, I have included affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
- 2 pairs of flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Flush cutter
- 2 tiny open jump rings
- I use 22 gauge 2.2 mm ID (inner diameter) sterling silver jump rings
- Length of chain
- I recommend at least 20 inches. You want to make sure it’s long enough to go around your necklace and have the bead hang down. You can always cut the chain down shorter if you decide it’s too long. I prefer using flat cable chain.
- Ball headpin
- Large bead
- Large closed ring that is bigger than the bead
HOW TO MAKE A Chain Lariat NECKLACE:
Take one of the tiny jump rings and string it through the large closed jump ring. Attach one end of the chain to the jump ring. Close the jump ring snugly using the flat-nosed pliers.
Put the head pin through the bead and create an eye loop at the top. For reference, here is a video I made show you how to do this:
Next, it’s time to add the bead to the chain. Open the tiny jump ring and string it through the eye loop that you just created. String the jump ring through the other end of the chain and close it up tight with the pliers.
See how easy it was to make your own lariat necklace?
To wear the necklace, take the two ends of the necklace around your necklace and string the bead through the large ring.
For even more tips and tricks on making jewelry, check out my free online resource guide, how to get started making jewelry today.
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