Multi-Length Gunmetal Necklace

As we move into Autumn (even though we’re still enjoying temperatures in the high-20s°c here in HK) I’m aware that I’m probably going to have to tone down my rainbow/neon/colour obsession. So, in the spirit of keeping things relatively neutral, this DIY tutorial is a little different from the recent trend – it’s a bit more demure and subtle but still retains a hint of “edge”. I love using different colour chains – specifically, there’s something about gunmetal and burnt-metal that I find simply addictive. Seriously, I’m not exaggerating when I say I always have a yard or two of gunmetal chain in my fold-out craft box (yes, I have a craft box and I love it). What I really love about this particular DIY is that it crosses simplicity with style. Now, don’t get me wrong – I am a magpie when it comes to accessorizing – anything sparkly, shiny, big and bright – the more the better! I rarely follow Coco Chanel’s advise to take off the last piece you put on before leaving the house. But, sometimes less can be more!…that being said – I simply couldn’t leave the chains naked so I added some “bronzed” & “tarnished”-effect beads.

What you need:

  • 1.5 – 2 yards gunmetal chain
  • 2 large jump rings
  • 4 medium jump rings
  • 4 long head pins
  • 4 big, flat “tarnished” beads
  • 4 small gold beads
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • Pliers

How to:

  1. Measure out the longest length of chain – mine was about 17″. Then work backwards: cut a slightly shorter length and an even shorter length. All together there should be 3 lengths of differing lengths.
  2. Hook the ends of three lengths to one large jump ring.
  3. Hook the other ends and the lobster clasp onto the other jump ring.
  4. Slip a gold bead then the big “tarnished” bead onto each head pin.
  5. Loop the top of each head pin shut with a pair of pliers and attach to the chains at random using the medium jump rings.

 A brilliant thing about simplistically chic DIYs is that they really don’t take much time or effort, thus giving added meaning to the term “effortlessly chic”. This particular DIY is great – I intend on “clashing” it with a flowy maxi-dress, wearing it on top of a buttoned-up white blouse and sporting it on the beach during these last few weeks of perfect sunshine…you gotta love the versatility that comes with simplicity.

Happy DIYing!

xoxo   V.

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