This weeks Do It Yourself is a 2 fer, same idea 2 ways! More and more I am digging the fancy collar trend and since I am so very indecisive I thought I would try a collar necklaces 2 different ways: a simple chain design and a hammered metal design. The chain necklace is super quick and easy, and the metal necklace is a little more advanced with some special supplies and also a little extra time (but totally worth it!).
• A few extra jump rings
• 2 Eyelet pins
• 2 Beads
01. Find the middle of the longer piece of chain (FYI- for the base of the chain I like to use Bead Landing brand chain from Michael’s, you can get a set of 3 chains with clasps already on them), and connect the middle of the smaller piece of chain with of of the jump rings.
02. Loop up the small pieces of chain to a spot of the base of the necklace that you like and use a jump ring to attach. Repeat on the other piece of short chain. If you want you can be all finished right there! Or if you want you can add a couple beads to the top of the collar to spice it up a little, to do so read on.
03. Put an eyelet pin through a bead and use your round nose pliers to make a loop, then cut off the excess wire. Repeat for the other bead.
04. Snip the larger chain on the link just above where you attached the piece of chain that makes the collar and loop the jump ring that’s there to one end of the bead.
05. Use another jump ring to attached the other side of the bead to the open end of the chain you just cut to close it back up. Repeat on the other side and there you have it! Simple simple.
METAL COLLAR / THE SUPPLIES
• Needle Nose Pliers
• Round Nose Pliers
• 2 Pieces of 4″ chain
• Metal Punch
• Sheet Metal (from Michael’s)
• Ballpine Hammer
• Flat Anvil
• Printed Collar Pattern
SUPPLIES NOT PICTURED
• Permanent Marker
• At least 5 jump rings
01. I drew up 3 different collar shapes and made a printable file for you here. Print that out, pick your favorite design and cut it out. I based the size of the pieces on the pieces of sheet metal I had at home already. I picked up a pack from my local Michael’s (sorry I couldn’t find the exact pack I got online!), they have an assorted pack with silver, gold and copper 24 gauge sheets. I like that it comes in a variety pack- that way you can have extra to try all sorts of shapes, or make a few as gifts!
02. Lay your pattern down and trace with a permanent marker.
03. Cut out the shapes using your shears, and snip off the four corners of both sides of the collar, you don’t have to cut off much, just enough so the corners are super point/sharp. Be careful! The metal scraps can get needle sharp!
04. Next begin to use the round side of the hammer over the whole surface of the two pieces to get a nice texture (make sure to hammer on top of the anvil). As you hammer you will need to flip it over to reshape it from time to time, try to keep it nice and flat. This is the noisy and time consuming part, but take your time and make sure the two pieces are evenly shaped.
05. Use the metal punch to punch out holes on the top corner of the wide end and the center of the skinny end of the metal pieces.
06. Use the jump rings to attach the two sides of the collar together, and the two ends to the chains. Attached your clasp to the opposite ends of the chain and your all finished!