I'm totally in love with all the big, colorful jewelry that is so popular right now, and I've been thinking for awhile that my grandmother's earrings would make some fabulous statement necklaces. They sure weren't getting any wear while tucked away in a bag in my jewelry box. So I got to work and played around with several pairs of her earrings until I came up with a few designs I love. I call these 'Heirloom Statement Necklaces' since they contain pieces that (for me) have a family history, but you could use any sort of rhinestone pieces to make your own version--rhinestone pins, pearl pendants, jewelry sliders, etc. Have fun with your color mixing and try various sizes and metals together. You can create a fabulous and unique colorful necklace or even a simple, monotone statement piece!
Tip: If you haven't checked out my DIY Mixed Metals Statement Necklace tutorial yet you might want to do so before continuing, as I explain in that tutorial how to attach your rhinestone pieces to filigree blanks so as to make them more easily connectable when putting your necklace together. I won't go into detail on that technique here since I've already posted about it previously, and it's a necessary step in this tutorial.
-7 (or any odd number) Rhinestone earrings/pendants/sliders/brooches, etc. that have been attached to metal filigree blanks (see steps 1 - 8 in previous tutorial here)
-5mm or 6mm jump rings
-Large toggle clasp
-Needle nose pliers (I like using two pairs when working with jump rings, or you can use a pair of flat nose pliers in place of one pair of needle nose pliers)
1. Play around with your rhinestone pieces until you decide on a design you like.
2. Find the middle of your cable chain and attach your center rhinestone piece by using your needle nose pliers to slide a jump ring through one of the holes at the edge of the filigree piece and then close it around your cable chain (at the center point you just found).
Note: You'll notice here that I used two jump rings to attach each piece. I did this for extra stability, and also because sometimes it's difficult to connect a jump ring at the exact center of the rhinestone piece if the filigree blank is not perfectly straight.
3. After attaching your center rhinestone piece, begin working your way up each side connecting the rest of your pieces.
Here is the back side of the two pieces in the photo above, just for a little visual of how each piece is connected.
4. Continue attaching your rhinestone pieces until all have been connected and are spaced to your liking.
Here is another visual of the back side of the necklace so you can see how each piece is connected.
5. Using your needle nose pliers finish off the open ends of the chain by attaching a toggle clasp. Annnnnnd...you're done!
Now go check out your fabulous new jewelry in the mirror...even if you're wearing a shirt that totally clashes. Because it's still AWESOME.
Can you tell how sparkly this thing is? I had a hard time getting clean photos because the light kept reflecting off all of the rhinestones.
And if you use pieces that have sentimental value to you, this will be a necklace you'll treasure for a very long time. Also, it makes for a really great story when you inevitably hear your girlfriends exclaim, "Ooh, I LOVE your necklace!".
So go on, give it a try. Once you get started making your own custom jewelry you won't want to stop!
Do you love vintage jewelry pieces? Do you wear special family jewelry pieces often, or save them only for special occasions? I'd love to know.
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