February 18, 2013

Eclectic Braided Necklace

I am so excited about this week!
Why? Because I am teaming up with the Jewelry Queen herself, Bev at Flamingo Toes, to cohost
Jewelry Week! 

Every day this week Bev and I will present you with a new jewelry tutorial.
I can't wait for you to see everything we've made!

I'm kicking off the week with a little knock of myself!

A couple of years ago I made an eclectic braided bracelet and ever since I have wanted to try making a necklace in a similar manner. A few months ago I participated in a handmade jewelry swap and I knew it was finally the opportunity I was waiting for to make the necklace!

chain of various sizes
2 3-ring spacers
crimp beads
jump rings
necklace clasp

First you need to decided how many pieces you want in each of the 3 strands of the braid. 
I'm going to use 3 pieces per braid strand.
Two of the three pieces will be chain.

I went ahead and decided which pieces of chain I was going to use for each of the 3 strands and trimmed the chain to the length I wanted.

The 3rd piece of each strand is going to be beads.

To create the bead pieces we need to start with a jump ring, thread, and a crimp bead.
Thread the crimp ring then wrap the thread through a jump ring then back through the crimp bead once again.
Cinch the crimp ring and start threading your beads. 

Once all of the beads are threaded, finish the strand off with another crimp bead and jump ring.
Repeat the process two more times for a total of three strands of beads.

Line of the chain and beads into the sections of the braid they will be in.

Attach the three pieces of each strand of the braid to a large jump ring.
Attach each large jump ring to the 3-ring spacer.

Spread the strands out so you can see each of the 3 sections well.

Begin braiding the strands. 
(Tip: I set something heavy on the spacer to keep everything still as I braided.)

Continue braiding until you reach the end of the strands.

Attach large jump rings to the end of each of the 3 strands then attach the jump rings to another 3-ring spacer.

Attach a jump ring to the other side of the spacer and attach the chain for your necklace.

Attach the necklace clasp.

Isn't it chunky and fun?

I think eclectic is definitely a good word to describe this necklace!
What do you think? Is eclectic for you?

Be sure to visit Bev and see her tutorial for her Anthropologie knockoff of the Ice Drops Necklace!

And come back tomorrow for two more brand new jewelry tutorials!


  1. Fabulous necklace!!!Love it and the colors too!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  2. Love this necklace! I'm a jewelry maker too :) following you now!

  3. Oh my gosh I adore this!! Those braids are so pretty - I love the way the chains are all mixed in with the pearls!!

  4. Man oh man! I came back for another look and I so wish I could come visit so you could show me how to do this! I seriously love it and I'm going to give it a try! It's the making the ends part that I'm not sure of. (have never made jewelry)

    1. Its not too bad, Dee! If you have any questions just let me know. :)

  5. What a beautiful necklace! I have been wanting to make a braided one like this. I love al the different chain and beads in it.

  6. i am a jewelry novice, and was wondering what length DID you cut the chains for the braid? I like the length yours is, and am too new to know how to figure that out! It is elegant!

    1. I would say that the chain I used for the braiding section was about 14" long. The length will shorten significantly when you start braiding so you don't want to start with a piece that is too short. :)

  7. Well you know how I feel about this!!! I loved the bracelet. So now when I come to your house to help you we can sit down and you can show me this in person!;)

  8. I am soooo excited about your jewelry week with Bev at Flamingo Toes!!! And neither of you let me down (not that I thought you would LOL). I just love this necklace and since I am both a papercrafter and jewelry maker, I can't wait to make this for my grown daughter's birthday coming up in March. Thanks so much for this beautiful piece!!!

  9. It is so pretty Michele! I am so excited to see all the beautiful tutorials from you and Bev!

  10. This is SO cute! Love it! I'd love for you to link up in my very first linky party {ya, ya...I'm a bit behind the times apparently} that started today.


  11. That's so pretty ... I love the mix of textures!

  12. Oh wow! Great job! Jewelry is one thing I haven't delved into yet, but you've inspired me :) I'm now one of your followers. Have a great weekend!

    Shandy @

  13. I love this! what a great job!
    Thanks for much for linking up this week! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a great weekend!

  14. Wow! I could absolutely do that! I make some other simple jewelry, but had shied away from real beads, etc. because I just wasn't sure how to do it...but it looks simple enough. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  15. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up this week!

  16. Thank you so much for taking the time to link up! I've got some new guidelines. I'm only accepting 200 links, so I'm limiting people to a 2 link max.

  17. This looks complicated, but after seeing the instructions it does not appear to be. I will definitely try this one.


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