Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY pearls eyewear chain

turn a necessity into style! 

Ever since I started to use reading glasses I have a pair in each room, in my car, in my purse... yet, still when I need them (often), somehow, they seems to vanish and disappear.

I'm now wearing them around my neck, but wanted something pretty, incorporating them into my outfits, also adding a bit of sparkle...

my two new eyewear chains displayed with the Laura reading glasses
(my new favorites) from Readers.com  {gifted}


left: Nordstrom.com - collage by moi



Make pretty rope & pearls eyewear chains: the supplies



Tools:
Beadalon Bead Crimp Tool
Round Nose Jeweller pliers
E6000 glue
Artistic Wire, 22 Gauge non tarnish silver

Black rope chain:
Ande Monofilament Line (Clear, 40 -Pounds test, 1/4# spool)
- satin twisted rope 10 mm  black - 11"
- 44  - 8 mm pearl beads
- 42  - 8mm Swarovski crystal silver rondelle spacer white
- 4 - 2 x 2 mm silver crimp tube bead
Silver Plated Black Opaque Adjustable Coil Eyeglass Findings
- 2  - Cord Tips Silver-plated Brass, 8x8mm Outside Diameter

Ivory rope chain:
Ande Monofilament Line (Clear, 40 -Pounds test, 1/4# spool)
- satin twisted rope 10mm  ivory - 11"
- nylon thread chain ivory 20"(I bought it locally, only found the exact same chain on Alibaba here)
- 8 -  8 mm pearl beads
- 8 -  8mm Swarovski crystal silver rondelle spacer white
- 8 - 2 x 2 mm silver crimp tube bead
Silver Plated Nylon Adjustable Coil Eyeglass Findings
- 2  - Cord Tips Silver-plated Brass, 8x8mm Outside Diameter 

Rope & pearls eyewear chains: the tutorial // how-to:

cut about 2 x 11" of nylon line.
place a crimp tube onto the nylon line, wrap it around one end of the coiled eyeglass findings,
and pass it again into the crimp tube.

Do that on both parts, and use your crimp pliers to close the crimp tube around the nylon line. 
Thread on the nylon line a pearl and a spacer alternating:
22 pearls and 21 spacers on each nylon line.
Cut two piece of wire of about 2-1/2".
Wrap the wire twice around the round nose pliers, and then make a loop inside the coil. 
insert the knot inside the end cap and make an eye and wrap it around twice
... voila' 

your end caps with eye are ready
wrap the ends of the rope tight with tape, and cut it leaving about 1/4" of the taped part.
You need 11" of rope.
Place E6000 glue around the taped ends, and force the rope inside the end caps.
(use a toothpick and twist the rope while inserting the cap, goes on easier) 
place a crimp tube into the nylon line and pass it around the eye of the end cap,
then pass it again into the crimp tube
Pass the short end of the nylon line into one or two beads, pull it tight and cut the  excess line.
release some of the tension of the line and use the crimp pliers to close the crimp tube around the nylon line.

For the ivory chain, I did pretty much the same steps, except that the nylon line is in 4 smaller parts alternated with the nylon thread chain.
I used the 4 bigger size pearls, alternating the Swarovski spacers and two smaller pearls on each side.


xox, d.

keep in touch! 


4 comments:

  1. So this was the bling post you about on Twitter? very nice, these days I find beaded eyewear chains everywhere and was planning on making one for my mom

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  2. very nice idea and very stylish!

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  3. Eyewears have always been a favorite fashion accessory and with the addition of pearls, it looks more stylish and unique. Wat can better than to protect your eyes in style.

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