Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DIY Black Natural Stone with Silver Chain Necklace

Just when you think something is going good, there is always something else that gets in the way. There are some areas of my health that I've been struggling with the past few years and just when I think I have it under control, another thing comes up. I'm beginning to realize that even though I am only turning 24 in November and I'm still young, my body is definitely not as young as it used to be. I can't eat the way I used to and there are a lot more things that I need to worry about. I remember when I was in high school, I could eat and drink whatever without it affecting me at all. Nowadays? Forget about it. Well in order to get my mind off things and relieve some stress, I went to creating jewelry and working on other crafts. 

As promised, here is a post that is NOT a recipe. Although I know, what a terrible name for this necklace! I don't really know what I would call it, so if anyone has any suggestions just leave a comment below or contact me and you will be my favorite person in the world. :) Being in a hurry (because I'm not sure when Coffee Bean will give me the boot off their internet since I've been here for a while) this straight forward title seemed logical.  Making this necklace isn't that difficult, but it does require a lot of jump rings. I used 10 at each end of the beads, except for the ends on the necklace where I used 8. I wish I would have used a few more, but I didn’t want to run out of jump rings in the middle of the necklace. If you are like me and immediately fell in love with this necklace, go grab some supplies and make it for yourself. 
Here's What You Need

6 Natural Stone Black Beads (26mm)
66 Jump Rings (6mm)
Chain (long enough to be able to cut to desired length of necklace when finished)
Lobster Claw Clasp
Wire Cutters 
Round Nose Pliers

1. Place a piece of wire through one of the square beads. Use the round nose pliers and wrap the end of the wire around the tip of the pliers to create a loop. Push the bead towards the loop and wrap the other end of the wire around the tip of the pliers to create another loop. You should have 2 loops at the end of each bead.
2. Repeat step one with the rest of the beads.
3.  Attach on the beads to the chain about a quarter of the way down.
4. On the shorter end of the chain, slide on 8 jump rings. 
5. With a piece of wire, use the round nose pliers to create a small loop. Placing it through the chain and slightly above the last jump ring, clipping the excess wire.
6. Slide 10 jump rings on the chain at the other end of the bead. Attach another bead to the chain slightly above the last jump ring. (It should look like the photo below)
7. Add another 10 jump rings and attach a third bead. Keep repeating until all beads and jump rings are gone. When finished, measure chain to desired length and cut. Add lobster claw clasp to ends of chain. 

What do you think??

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