Hi lovelies! Amanda here from On the Corner of Brodhead. Its Friday! Can I get and Amennn!?
I hope this weekend you’re all getting dressed up for Halloween and eating wayyyy too much candy and creating every single one of Colleen’s to die for Halloween DIY’s! I know I am. For sure!
Ok, so I’m taking DIY’ing to a whole new level. And I have officially added jewelry making to my repertoire. Because, why in the world not?!
So, here’s how it all happened. I have been completely uninspired by my jewelry collection as of late and was in need of something new and sparkly to take me into the fall wardrobe-ing season. That’s part I of how I became a jewelry maker.
Part II of this jewelry making journey finds me in the hardware store.
Lowe’s is my second home. We’re in the midst of a bathroom addition. Therefore, when you can’t find me, 9 times out of 10, I’m hanging out in the tile aisle.
But this girl can only take so much. So I left the tile aisle and wound up in the hardware aisle where I laid eyes on some sparkly gold bolts.
And I had an aha! moment. Gold bolts = delicate gold beaded necklace. Thank goodness the craft store is just a mile away from the hardware store so I could pick up the rest of my supplies!
DIY Hardware Store Necklace Supply List:
- Gold Bolts from the hardware store
- 3 Jump Rings
- Head Pin
- Lobster Claw
- Necklace Chain
- Round Nose Pliers (I recommend this pair)
This project is pretty much like a puzzle. Its all about fitting the pieces together! So easy, it just takes some steady hands and tad bit of patience.
1. Begin by choosing the length you’d like your necklace to be. I didn’t get fancy and measure, instead I held the chain up to my neck and estimated. Using the plier tool, de-link the chain amount you’re happy with from the rest of the chain.
2. Split the chain you’ve de-linked into 2 separate equal pieces. You’ll now have 2 smaller chain pieces.
3. Add the bolts onto the head pin and make a loop using your trusty plier tool at the open end of the pin. There will now be a closed “eye” at each end of the pin so the bolts stay in place and don’t slide all around.
4. To these “eyes” add a jump ring to each.
5. Now, to each one of the jump rings link 1 piece of chain. At this point its really starting to look like a necklace!
6. All that is left to do is add one more jump ring and the lobster claw. The lobster claw will clasp to the final jump ring.
7. Voila! Pat yourself on the back and add jewelry maker to your resume!
My fall wardrobe is completely paired down this season. Can you say all the neutrals? And basics. The simplicity of the hardware store necklace is going to pair with all of my fall go-to’s (cable knit sweaters everyday) so perfectly! Not to mention, the gold hue of the bolts is just so rich and warm. The perfect cold weather quick fix!
So, now its your turn. Conquer your fear of jewelry making and get to the hardware store stat!
What other unexpected materials would make a new piece of jewelry? More ideas, please!
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