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!
So, this one falls squarely into the obvious category, but it’s so fun, simple and cute that I wanted to share it. Lately I’ve been admiring enamel jewelry, but since I don’t own a kiln (yet!) I can’t DIY the real thing. So I decided to fake it using nail polish – even the least crafty lady probably has a drawer full of it.
I used Essie Absolutely Shore (love!) and Sally Hansen Commander in Chic . The round pieces are metal stamping blanks- you can buy them at most craft stores or online.
It’s self explanatory, right? A few notes: try to avoid air bubbles and pop any that develop in the surface with a pin right away. Also, leave the piece to dry for a full 24 hours before attaching it to the chain to ensure the the paint is completely dry or you might end up with with fingerprints visible on the surface. On the bright side, if this happens you can grab some nail polish remover and start over!
Use a jump ring to attach the (nail) enameled pieces to a chain.
Happy Friday! Here’s a fun and quick necklace project I made this week you might want to try over the weekend. Every since I made the DIY faceted earrings I’ve been considering how to make a necklace in a similar way with a slightly different look.
- Polymer clay- I used white, but use whatever color you like
- Glitter – I recommend the fine Martha Stewart branded glitter, it really is superior
- Blade – Polymer clay blade or razor blade (be careful!)
- Chain- Any kind
- Bamboo skewer
1. Condition your clay. I used a pasta machine (specific for clay, not my kitchen one!), but you can just use your hands. Work the clay and until it’s warm and isn’t crumbling.
2. Add some glitter and continue working the clay until it’s blended through.
3. Press the clay into a rough cube shape.
4. Use your blade to begin slicing off sections and continue until you like how it looks. If you make a mistake, start over!
5. Decide how you want your pendant to hang by choosing a top and bottom/front and back. Use the bamboo skewer to create a hole through the clay about 1/4 of the way from the top.
6. Bake according to clay directions. Mine took about an hour at 275F.
7. Thread the pendant onto the chain. Experiment with different chains and cords!