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This hardware chain necklace was a fun little DIY project. All you need is 2 feet of industrial chain and your favorite yarn.
1. Tie three 2ft pieces of yarn to one end of the chain.
2. Braid and secure to the other end of the chain.
3. Tie two pieces of 5ft long yarn to one end of the chain, close to where the braid is secured.
4. Begin to wrap the yarn through each link of the chain. Secure at other end of the chain.
5. To hide exposed knots, wrap each end of the chain with a single piece of yarn and secure.
DIY hardware jewelry is so unique and pretty fun and easy to make. In this tutorial I will tell you the basics to make a hardware necklace.
There are a variety of different ropes, hemp, jute, hex nuts, and washers you can use to customize your piece. For this necklace I used hemp that I dyed and silver hex nuts. I have made a few bracelets with gold hex nuts and white rope and a few necklaces with dyed rope too. The possibilities are endless.
- Hex nuts – I picked up small, medium, large hex nuts
- Rope, Twine, Jute, or Hemp in your favorite color. I bought hemp and teal clothing dye to make the hemp blue.
- Jewelry Jump Rings – You will need the large ones.
- Jewelry Clasp
- For a 30 inch necklace I measured out 3 strands of hemp that were roughly 48 inches long.
- Dye hemp with clothing dye and let dry.
- Take your 3 pieces of hemp and tie around a large jump ring with a basic knot.
- Secure this end to a stable structure so you can easily keep tension on the necklace while braiding. I used an extra piece of string and tied the jump ring end to the chair leg.
- Begin to braid the 3 pieces of hemp together.
- After about 6-7 inches of braiding start to slip a hex nut on each strand before using it in the braid. I started with the smallest hex nuts, then medium, then large for a small-to-large effect.
- Continue stringing hex nuts and braiding until you are satisfied. For this piece, I only had hex nuts in the middle, then continued with a braid (sans hex nuts) to finish the piece.
- Add the clasp to the other jump ring and secure on to the end of your necklace.
- Ta da!