Steampunk Oldjunk Necklace

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I love jangle bracelets stuffed with moving parts. I also love necklaces that look like jangle bracelets. That was the inspiration for this fun project. Keep in mind, creating it should be fun! Gather together all your leftovers from projects past and see what might work to create your own version of this necklace. I bought the metal gears and the chain at Michaels store. Everything else was old junk - did I say junk? There's no such thing in jewelry making. Some items were left over from other creations, some produced many years ago. So you see, it pays to hang onto all those bits and pieces. You never know when you might need just three brown pearls!

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Directions

step 1 - Measure your chain to the length you need. Arrange it on a design board with the center of the chain at the zero mark.

step 2 - Add your focal piece to the center of the chain with a jump ring. Place your major pieces to the sides of the focal piece with the left and right side mirroring each other. Do not attach the pieces to the chain until you are sure you like the layout. Experiment with the pieces in different positions. Also try combining extra elements with the pieces. Note that I added a pearl and large gear to the focal piece in the finished necklace, and crystals to the smaller gears on the left and right.

step 2 - Add your focal piece to the center of the chain with a jump ring. Place your major pieces to the sides of the focal piece with the left and right side mirroring each other. Do not attach the pieces to the chain until you are sure you like the layout. Experiment with the pieces in different positions. Also try combining extra elements with the pieces. Note that I added a pearl and large gear to the focal piece in the finished necklace, and crystals to the smaller gears on the left and right.

step 3 - Continue experimenting but only on one side of the board. Arrange smaller items like pearls, crystals and other elements with the major pieces.

step 3 - Continue experimenting but only on one side of the board. Arrange smaller items like pearls, crystals and other elements with the major pieces.

step 4 - When you like your design, attach everything to the chain with jump rings. Then mirror the design on the opposite side of the chain.

step 5 - Finish the necklace by attaching a lobster clasp to one end of the chain and a jump ring on the other.

Tips for creating an interesting necklace with leftover beads and elements
  • Gather up what you have on hand and see what might work together. Spend time experimenting with your stash before you start creating your necklace.
  • When using pearls, mix different sizes and colors.
  • Add a touch of bling by adding crystal bicone beads in colors similar to the pearls.
  • Elements should vary in size with some small, medium and large pieces.
  • Try combining metal elements with beads, crystals and other metal findings.
  • Mixing textured metal with smooth shiny pieces will keep the necklace from looking static.
  • Place the largest pieces toward the center front, moving down in size as you work to the back of the necklace.
  • For comfort, don’t add elements or beads to the chain past your shoulder line.
  • Use different size jump rings to attach pieces to the chain. Some elements like the large metal disks required a much larger jump ring in order for them to move comfortably. Items attached to the chain should be able to dangle without getting hung up because the jump ring is too small.
  • Keep in mind that adding pieces to the chain when it is stretched out flat may result in unwanted spacing when finished. It's best to add the pieces to the chain on a design board or as it hangs around your neck. When working with the chain around your neck, use small safety pins to temporarily attach elements, then place your work on a flat surface and replace the pins with jump rings.

  • See Beadology instructions creating wire looped beads.



Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • chain
  • Steam Punk Gears
  • Jewelry design board

Miscellaneous

  • various metal elements, beads, crystals
  • multi sized jump rings – 5 through 10
  • lobster clasp

At Amazon

  • Jewelry pliers and cutters

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