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The Un-Twistable Necklace

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I started making necklaces like this a few years ago. I usually find necklaces to be such a hassle that I don’t bother. The goal of this necklace tutorial is to fix a few of those problems.

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For one I have really curly hair. I HATE getting my hair all wrapped around the clasp (my hair does a lot on it’s own, like forming dredlocks) and then there is ripping, tearing and screaming.

I also hate. hate. hate when the clasp gets all twisted around and then random people try to fix it. I’m really sensitive about people touching my neck and I tend to pull my neck back like a turtle (really it’s quite sexy) and… hiss. Sometimes I blindly swat as well. I can’t help it. I get it from my mother. It’s usually her who gets the hissing turtle treatment.

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Also, this necklace hooks in front. Much easier to wear.

Like most things I do this is more of a general idea, less of a rock solid tutorial.Good because you can make fifty necklaces that are basically the same thing but all look different. Also, all of my jewelry supplies are purchased on clearance (so good luck finding anything I used!) so not so repeatable…

You need:
Fancy Chain
Clasp
Fancy ‘Stuff”
Pliers

For this particular necklace I used a butterfly pendent, a circular charm and a salvaged pearl.
This is the only real ‘technique’ I’ll be giving you:

When you open jump rings/chain they should look like this:

NEVER pull the ring apart, it weakens them and you’ll never get them to look right again. Instead use two sets of pliers and twist them apart.

I also added a faux pearl. This came off an old necklace I picked up at a garage sale. You need a bead, a head pin and round nose pliers. Clearly the pin in this pic is way too long. We are going to use the pin to make a loop, this is pretty much experimental, cut off a little of a time until you get it right.

It’ll look like this when it’s done.

Now it’s time to put her all together!

Using either the chain links or a jump ring attach the clasp to one end and the butterfly charm to the other. Use the circular chain to replace one of the chain links. DO NOT open the chain and just stick it in. If you want it to lay flat when you wear it you need to remove one link and replace it with the charm. Hook the pearl in the chain at the top of the circular charm so it hangs in the center.

Ta Da! A one of a kind necklace made by you!
Here are some examples I’ve made in the past to inspire you:

PS. I’m really trying, are my pictures any better?

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Comments

  1. Nice! Saw you on Country Momma Cooks! Happy Saturday! :D

  2. Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet:)

  3. That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing it. And I think your pictures are great! I’m struggling with mine for my blog. I don’t have a fancy camera, so I’m trying to learn to make better us of the settings on my little Coolpix. Your staging and light both look great to me! Thanks again :) Have a great week!

  4. Your jewellery and photos look wonderful.
    Lou

  5. Lovely. Really. It’s gorgeous.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

  6. very pretty:) looks just like all the ones I see from the fancy jewelry girls blogging out there! following you now from Debbie’s party would love for you to visit me too:)))

  7. Your necklaces are really pretty and your photos are great! I am following you now from Debbie’s party. Hope you will jump on over to my blog as well.
    Peggy

  8. Found you at Debbiedoos as well. I never tackle jewellry, but these are great, and the photos look pretty good to me.
    Your life sounds very idyllic with all the space and animals you have – though I’m sure they keep you pretty busy.
    Following from justpaintitwhite.blogspot.com. Hopefully you might pay me a visit !

  9. Very cute I ideas! I’m following you from Debbie’s newbie party. I hope you will follow me too! Blessings to you!

  10. Very cute! I think your photos look great!

  11. Your necklaces are beautiful! …and I think your photos are great :) Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2012/01/bedazzle-me-monday-16.html

    Have a great week!!

  12. So pretty. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  13. Hi Alecia – I’m also a newbie linking up with Debbiedoos. I love making jewellery and love these necklaces. Please pop over and visit sometime. Im your newest follower. Take care Natalie
    http://northshoredays.blogspot.com/

  14. Your necklaces are so pretty. Thanks for sharing with us how to make. I think you photos are pretty good, this is an area that is a slow learning process. I’m better than I was with photos but no where I need to be. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  15. your necklace is beautiful,Thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

  16. Your pictures are awesome, as are your necklaces. I’ve always wanted to live on acreage with tons of animals! I live 6 miles from the beach in North Carolina, so I’m pretty happy with that!
    All great things to you!

  17. Your pictures are wonderful… and of course so are the necklaces! New follower here :) Cheers!

  18. The pictures look great. I really like the idea of the necklace hooking in front. I always have problems getting them hooked in the back. I like your craft ideas and will try some of them as soon as I recover from the holidays. I understand about your cat….my daughter has one with the same personality. :-)

  19. I’m a fan of necklaces that hook in the front. There’s so many cute clasps that are too cute to hide in the back!

  20. Beautiful-I hate when they get all caught in my hair too.

  21. Very pretty and I think your pictures are awesome!

  22. I thought your photos looked great. Love that last necklace especially – great tutorial and pointers. Would love for you to link up to our party tomorrow. http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/

  23. just great..picture AND necklace!

  24. Yay, you made it. Thanks for joining our party!! :)

  25. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

    (by the way, you have word verification on. you can unlock your blog’s potential by turning it off, allowing your ‘fans’ to interact more easily with you. Find out how at my bloggy tips post here: http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2011/12/bloggy-tips-101.html)

  26. Everything looks gorgeous! Beautifully created. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Gayle.

  27. Alecia – just wanted you to know that we featured you on facebook today. Love this necklace. If you want a featured button, go on and grab one.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesepeastastefunny?ref=tn_tnmn
    Home of the buttons: http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/

  28. Thanks for the tips! Your pictures looks great! Thanks for sharing.
    ~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

  29. Very unique necklaces love them:)

  30. Thank you sor sharing this sweet tutorial. Your photos are lovely. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines Corner. Hugs and smooches and wishes for a wonderful weekend

  31. Great pics of beautiful necklaces. LOVE the clasp in front. Such an easy fix why did no one come up with it sooner??? I’m a member of the don’t touch me club too. So I’m loving this fix!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  32. How beautiful! I just had an ah-ha! moment. I’m not a jewelry maker, but with the couple of necklaces I’ve made, I’ve had trouble with the jump rings. Why did I never think to twist them open instead of pulling them open! Hello!! Thank you so much for the tip!!

  33. So pretty! Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  34. I think your pictures look great! I’m hosting a new linky party. Would love it if you came by and linked up! http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com/2012/01/manic-monday-linky-party-2.html
    -Melissa

  35. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party..Have a wonderful week!

  36. Wow, these are some great tips! I adore the jewelry you make!! Your “inspire” necklace is so, so cute! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  37. Looks SO good!!! Great Tips!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

    XO, Aimee

    PS Did you sign up for my giveaway yet!?!
    Awesome Customizable Frames, Art & Home Decor

  38. awesome…just love it and I feel the same way about the hassle with clasps, will be revampin’ some necklaces for sure.. ty for sharing!

  39. I wanted to stop by to say thank you for your sweet comment on my blog about my Grandfather Clock. Your jewelry box from your Dad looks so beautiful by the way! What a fabulous keepsake to have from him.

    PS-Love your necklaces! You are one talented lady! :)

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