How to make a collar necklace

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How to make a collar necklace
A homemade collar necklace lets you experiment with a range of beads and techniques. (necklace image by Dozet from Fotolia.com)

Collar necklaces provide a cascading accent that drapes over the wearer's collar bones and upper chest area. Depending on the material from which it is made, a collar necklace can be casual or formal. Making your own collar necklace isn't difficult and gives you the opportunity to try out your jewellery making skills. Making homemade jewellery is a creative endeavour that can produce wearable pieces of art.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Jewellery wire
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Assorted findings
  • Assorted crystal beads
  • Jewellery glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three lengths of flexible jewellery wire measuring 18 inches in length. Gather the three lengths of wire together with the ends evenly lined up. Tie the end of one of the three bundled wires into a simple knot around the other two. This holds the wires together.

  2. 2

    Slide the knot of the bundled wires through the opening of a simple 20 gauge ring finding. Loop the knot over the ring and then connect it to itself to form a knot around the finding. Secure the knot with a dot of jewellery glue. Let it dry for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Slide several crystal seed beads down the length of the first and the third length of wire. You may need up to 300 seed beads to complete this task. The beads must be strung over the entire length of each wire. Once all the beads are on, tie the two ends of these wires together into a simple knot. Leave the central wire hanging freely.

  4. 4

    Slide assorted larger crystal beads down the length of the remaining wire. You can choose decorative beads of various shapes and sizes for this.

  5. 5

    Secure a clasp finding to the free end of the beaded necklace. Do this in the same manner you used to attach the first ring finding, in Step 2.

  6. 6

    Secure the knotted lengths of wire to the second finding with a dot of jewellery glue. Let the glue dry for 10 minutes. Hook a clasp finding to one of the ring findings.

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