Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DIY Lulu Frost initial necklace

initials, numbers, monograms and words

Big come back in fashion and jewelry: just say it!
I had an old "D" pin that used to be on my jackets' lapel all the time. Then it has been hidden for quite some years.

I've been thinking to give my old brooch a new life and have the Lulu Frost necklace in my project-to-do folder for quite a long time.

left: Charm and Chain - Lulu Frost - collage by moi

Few days ago, I've got the supplies I was missing and made it!


* approx 20" of chain in each color - I used slightly different sizes (what I had, but I like the mix and match):  4 mm sterling silver chain5mm copper curb chain , 6mm gold curb link chain
* initial D pin: mine is old, but plenty of styles available (like this with the rhinestones!)
Pin to Pendant Converter - I got this (which is a set of three) because all the others were out of stock (must be a popular item lately!)

( ... or you can just skip one step and get an initial charm or (even better) make your own: check on True Blue Me and You for so many tutorials on all things wordy.)
* a heart charm, I had mine forever (this is a sterling silver not expensive option)
* a 20 inch long strip of silk fabric, or ribbon (if you're using ribbon I'd pick the 3/4" wide max)
round nose, flat nose, wire cutter pliers

the initial necklace how-to / tutorial:

first thing first: cut the three chains at 9" long - you'll have a set of 9" and another set at 11", but it will get equal at the end.

thread one pearl onto the wire and onto the first link of each chain

wrap the wire around the chain
twist the wire around a couple of times and cut the excess

make a loop around one pearl, and repeat on the other side of the chains,
leaving the second loop un-done
thread the wire into the loop of the pearl,
while placing the pin to pendant converter in the middle of the two pearls 
place the pin into the pin to pendant converter! 

Why I placed the two pearls?
well:... first because I like pearls, but also having the pearls gives some extra weight to the center of the necklace, so won't keep turning around.

If you're using ribbon, you won't need this step.
But I had a small leftover of this pretty aqua organza silk:
Fray Check the edges - I do like a fray look, but this would fray way too much.

Add a jumpring on one or the chains at 6"
starting from the pearl on the longer side of the chains 

pass the ribbon or silk through the jumpring and reach the half point

braid (messily) the ribbon twice, then place the heart charm onto one part of the ribbon

keep braiding the fabric/ribbon and the chains three more times,
and place another jumpring onto a chain (at about 2" from the pearl)

pass the silk/ribbon through this jumpring as well

... and make a bow! I cut the excess silk at an angle,
and fray the edges with my fingers before fray check the end.
You can see the left side of the bow as just cut - and the right side is finished.

at this point, cut the excess links to the longer side of the chains
(the three different chains will be uneven because of the braiding!)
and add a jumpring on each side and connect the toggle clasp

xox, d.

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