Hey, what do you know, finally a new DIY! This project has been sitting on my counter for a few weeks waiting to be done, and now that I’ve done it I can’t believe I waited this long. I know how long it’s been because I keep clicking ‘Mark as Unread’ in my Google Reader every time I run across this shot from Sincerely Jules…
It set off my DIY alarms because it looked like such a simple, easy project.
Head off to your local hardware store and pick up some ball chain. I went to one of my favorites, Berings.
I bought three different sizes – 3yds of the largest, 2yds of the middle size and 3yds of the smallest. Mine cost about $0.59 – $0.69/foot. Be sure to also pick up a connector for each size (not pictured).
Connect the ends of each size to itself – this will make one huge circle for each piece. Then take the pieces and wrap into one circle per yard, so my 3yd pieces were in three loops and my 2yd piece was in 2 loops. This made the total length from end to end of the loops about 18″.
Add a large jump ring or d-ring to each end. The reason I used these these d-rings is because I already had a pack lying around. One of of rings I attached an s-hook jewelry clasp. I had to open the top of the S a bit so that it would allow the other d-ring to fit through when I put the necklace on. (To do this just use a pair of pliers and gently pull it open.)
When I’m ready to put the necklace on I make sure that the connectors (you can see the largest one in the pictures) is at the end near one of the d-rings and then twist up the chain.
Unfortunately it won’t stay twisted when you aren’t wearing it unless you hang it like I have in the photos. Does anyone know how to do that? I’m a little worried it will turn into a knot when I’m traveling and toss it into a pile with my other necklaces.
Nevertheless, I love it. Best 5 minute DIY I’ve made in a very long time!