Happy Halloween! Hope you’ve all got your costumes ready, pumpkins carved, decorations hung up and tummies ready for some serious sugar onslaught! In true obsession-style, I’ve decided to use one of my favourite days in the year as an inspiration for some truly mysterious but fabulous DIYing! It’s not a surprise to most of my readers that I am a “skull”, “spike”, “metal” obsessive. I love statement jewellery – the bigger the better! This piece is what I think of as “S&M”-chic…I just can’t get enough of these spikes! This DIY is so deceptively easy and can be so versatile; if skulls aren’t really your thing; you can use all manner of pendants and charms, plus these spikes come in all sorts of colours – from pastels to gunmetal: ready to suit any personal style!
What you need:
- Four 3D Skull Pendants
- 2 Flat skull pendants (these are a bit “voodoo”-esque to me…and I love them!)
- 1 Gunmetal locket
- 16 Long black spikes
- 24 Medium gunmetal jump rings
- 3 Small gunmetal jump rings
- Wide & flat gunmetal chain
- Medium silver chain – 5″ long
- 1 Silver spring clasp
- Measure out how long you want the flat gunmetal chain; ideally either end should finish at opposite sides of the base of your neck.
- Decide how you’re going to place out the pendants. I started by placing the locket in the middle of the chain, followed by 2 spikes, one 3D skull, 2 spikes, 1 flat skull, 2 spikes, one 3D skull and finally 2 spikes (there should be one link between every pendant and spike). Mirror on the other side of the locket.
- Connect every pendant to the chain using a medium jump ring.
- The 2 flat skull pendants and locket will need to be hooked onto a small jump ring before using the medium jump ring to connect it to the chain – this will ensure that it the pendant faces forward.
- Using the pliers, hook the toggle clasp onto the end of the flat chain.
- Fold the medium silver chain in half and using the pliers, open the middle link slightly and hook it onto the other end of the flat chain.
- Connect the two open ends of the silver chain together using a jump ring and hook the small ring of the spring clasp onto it.
I really love this necklace – I’m actually quite lucky I adore every DIY I make, funny how it works out that way isn’t it!? I’ve also always loved lockets, I always loved the idea that a locket can conceal inner thoughts, photos of clandestine lovers and secrets – they’re very personal, mysterious and quite often guarded. Obviously, knowing me, I wasn’t going to be making a simple locket chain – go big or go home! This necklace is perfect for this halloween but I can definitely see it becoming a staple in my autumn/winter wardrobe in the coming months! Fabulous!
Happy DIYing!…and Happy Halloween!