Friday, July 5, 2013

Simple Summer Jewelry: Knotted Choker

Even though it's crazy hot and humid out, I still can't help but load on lots of jewelry, like usual. But I am deterred from my standard jewelry regimen of layering a lot of gold chains (think Ice-T in the 90s). So I'm trading out some (not all!) of my chains for simpler, lighter fare (also from the 90s; thanks, Brenda Walsh!).

I almost hesitated to put this project up on the blog because it is SO simple, but it has quickly become a staple of my daily summer jewelry so I figured why not? 15 minutes and about 2 bucks worth of hardware is all you need for this one:)
 Materials:
- 2 jump rings
-1 lobster claw
-2 crimping beads
-10" strand of material of your choice**
**I chose to use a remnant piece of a leather strap, because that's what I had sitting around, but really any scrap fabric cut into a wide strip or chunky yarn will also give you great looking results. Use what you've got! :)


Step 1: Tie a knot 6" away from the right side.

Step 2: Open one of the jump rings, place the lobster claw on it then close it again.

Step 3: On the side closest to the knot, insert 1" of the strand through the closed jump ring, then run a 1/2" bead of glue just beneath the jump ring.

Step 4: Squeeze tight with pliers to make sure the glue made a secure connection.

Step 5: Tighten a crimping bead over the overlapped pieces, just beneath the jump ring.

Step 6: Use scissors to trim excess strap from beneath the crimping bead.

Step 7: Repeat steps 3 through 6 with the remaining jump ring on the other side of the strand.

Simple. 
Subtle. 
Summer. 


TOOLS
*scissors
*needle nose pliers
*glue gun


2 comments:

  1. love your style and projects! I live in BKLYN, too :-)

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    1. Heck yeah, Brooklyn! Thanks for the kind words. I was just looking at your beautiful blog. Will definitely be back for more!

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