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
- 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.
- Hook the ends of three lengths to one large jump ring.
- Hook the other ends and the lobster clasp onto the other jump ring.
- Slip a gold bead then the big “tarnished” bead onto each head pin.
- 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.