I have a fun little summer project for us all.
I don't know about you, but I love a big statement necklace. They're a fun way to jazz up an outfit. Lately, I've been inspired by large, over-the-top, funky, tribal necklaces. Ones that are bright and colorful that I can just throw on, and go. Check out the necklaces of the men and women of the Massai tribes.
See what I mean? Simply beautiful.
So imagine my delight when I found the Navala Necklace the other night at Anthropologie.
Studying the necklace really got my gears turning. I rushed home and whipped up my own, using a lot of the things I had at home. For $15. Booyah.
*Friendship bracelet string (floss, I think its called?).
* Cording or rope of some kind. I used cording from Jo-Ann's. Mine is about around the same thickness of my pinkie. For three necklaces I got a little over 2 yards.
* Small amount of chain
*Jump rings (they're a plain, metal ring in the jewelry section at the crafts store)
* Nuts and washers the same thickness as my cording. You will need 1 washer and one nut for EACH end of each necklace. 2 ends x 3 necklaces: 6 washers and 6 nuts. Grab a few extras if you want some extra embellishments.
Optional: beads or any extra bling.
Loop the cording around your neck at your desired length and cut. My strips are 22, 24, and 29 inches. Take an awkward picture if you need to get the position right.
Lay your strips out and tightly tape your ends, ensuring they won't unravel.
Leaving an inch or two out, start wrapping your cording with your first floss color. You want to wrap evenly, but not too tightly. Every few inches scrunch down the wrappings- you don't want any gaps!
Want to change colors?
Cut your first color and tie the end to your next color, hiding the tail as you wrap.
Step 4: Optional
I added a few extra bells and whistles to mine, but you don't have to. As you wrap, thread a bead, extra nut, or washer and continue to wrap.
Keep wrapping and changing colors, until you reach the end. Have fun with it! Remember to leave a few inches at the end. Repeat for the other two pieces of cording.
Grab a nut and a washer, and carefully thread them on the ends of your necklaces.
Lay your chain out and decide how long you want it to be. You will be attaching some chain to each end. I cut my chain at 2 inches long. Repeat for all.
With the end pieces of floss, carefully tie it to one end of the chain. Also, trim down the leftover end of the cording, Repeat for all.
(sorry no pic)
Here you have two options. You can either:
- make 3 separate necklaces
- have 3 necklaces, strung together as one BIG necklace.
I chose the 2nd option, but both are easy. Grab and open 1 jump ring and one of the lobster clasps. The jump ring links the clasp and the chains of the actual necklace. Carefully open the jump ring and thread the ends of the chains. Now add in the little hoop of the clasp, and close the jump ring. Repeat on the other side. If you wanted to make separate necklaces, you will need a jump ring and 2 lobster clasps.
Step 10: Optional
I added a bit of super glue to each of the end nuts/washers and to the string on the chain. You know, just for durability. Let everything dry and trim up any loose ends.