Thursday, July 11, 2013

The green necklace tutorial


Many of you might remember this necklace:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

I've worn it a TON this summer! You can see me wear it in an outfit here and here. And of course the outfit above, which will be coming up soon!

People keep asking me how I made it, so I made another version in dark green and wrote up a quick tutorial for you all!


Here is what you will need:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

I started with the materials above. I used some small jump rings, two strands of the small beads shown above, a 32 inch long chain, the flat metal disks from an old pair of earrings, and half a pack of head pins. Whew! You can use a shorter chain then 32 inches too, I just liked this as a really long necklace.

 Connect both ends of your chain together with a jump ring.

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

Put a bead onto one of your head pins:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 Cut your head pin down to about 1/4 of an inch:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 Use your needle nose pliers to create a hook with the end of the head pin. Leave it open a little bit:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 Loop your hook over a link of the chain, then clamp it closed:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

I stated out by placing four beads around the length of the chain to create equal fourths. Then I filled in the bottom two sections by spacing the beads evenly within them. Then I took the bottom two sections of those, and filled those in more:

 DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 Then once I had gotten it to that point, I started filling it in randomly:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 Here's a close up of the bottom of the necklace, before adding the silver disks. If you're not using two different kinds of beads, ignore the next few steps:


I removed the disks from the earrings:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 I attached each of the disks to the chain with small jump rings:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

 I just put the disks on randomly. If you're just using one kind of bead and not two, keep filling in the empty spots along the bottom three inches with beads:

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

Once you run out of beads, you're done! The bottom three inches should be very, very tightly spaced. At the end I got to the point where I was placing a bead in every link of the chain. This makes for a lot of movement and texture.

DIY green beaded necklace jewelry tutorial

There you have it! I hope you enjoy this tutorial and that you love your new necklace! As always, if you make one of your own please let us know and send us pictures. We love seeing our reader's creations, and you never know, they just might get featured on our blog or social media!

~Jessica

21 comments:

  1. I love it. Great use of the earrings. I was looking at this and thinking, "hey, she ripped off the 'Miss Pink' necklace, I wonder who did that." Haha! It was you. I loved that necklace too - great style that can be used many different ways!

    Kristin

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    1. Lol Kristin! I actually made my mint green necklace before I made the miss pink necklace, then used what I had learned to make my daughters "miss pink." But good eye! I'm not sure if I would have been that observant!

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  2. This is a really cute necklace - you'd never guess you made it yourself! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  3. I just posted some necklaces I made. And since I happened upon your lovely tutorial this morning, I've linked to it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! I went and looked at your necklaces and they're gorgeous! The chain with the simple strand of tiny beads was my favorite!

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  4. Love the beads you choose! Very pretty! Feel free to link up again at Loving Lately today!

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  5. Hi, Jessica! It's beautiful! I love how it thins out around the edges, and the tiny discs are perfect.

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  6. So beautiful! I love all details! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fun weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  7. I love this and gave me a great idea....thanks!

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  8. I love this necklace design. The random-ness of the beads is really eye-catching.
    ~Kelsy
    http://looseendscraftblog.com

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  9. So cute!!! thanks for sharing :)

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  10. It is stunning, you did a super job and a fabulous tutorial also. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  11. Super cute! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

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  12. I love the green with the coins! I would so wear this! Great job! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  13. Congratulations on getting the opportunity to evaluation such fun products! Jewelry is so much fun. I'm avoiding by from All Factors Friday (Bacon Cooked Chicken) Have an excellent week!

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