Last week I made a quick stop at Michael’s to buy chain for a crafts + cocktails night I was teaching and, of course, had to check out the jewelry clearance rack. I ran across these spacer bar findings and they inspired this necklace. Spacer bar findings are often used for multi-strand bracelets or necklaces but I decided to make a pendant because earlier that same day I had seen these cubes with colored glue.
Here’s what you need- jewelry pliers (chain-nose, round-nose, flush cutters), chain, wire, jump rings and spacer bars. The package I bought came with 6 smooth and 6 textured.
And for color I used that favorite material of preschool teachers everywhere- craft foam! I bought a multipack with 5 sheets of each of the colors shown and then used about 1 square inch of each so there’s enough left for 4898292 more necklaces.
I suppose you could measure or trace the spacer bag, but I just pressed it on the foam and used a knife to cut around each side. Chemical engineering this is not
I cut 5 of each color so I’m prepared for any combination of colors I may want to use in the future.
Assemble the necklace by cutting an 8” piece of wire. Thread it through the holes on each end of one of he spacer and slide it down to the bottom of the U-shape.
Time to select your first color combination! I went with green because (spoiler) the Whimseyboxes are going to be very green this month so I have it on the brain. I decided to use 4 of the 6 spacer bars in this necklace- you can use all of them if you prefer!
At the top I made a wrapped loop in each piece of wire. (Not familiar with wire-wrapping? Here’s a helpful YouTube video. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments!)
Finish by attaching your chain using a jump ring to connect to each wired loop. It might seem tricky at first, but you can easily change up the colors of the necklace by snipping the wire and reassembling with different colors. For me it takes about 5 minutes to change it around which isn’t too much trouble at all!