How to Make a Striking Centerpiece Necklace

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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This octopus necklace is my new favorite piece of jewelry!
Heres everything you need to make this necklace.
Join the large charm to one piece of chain using a jump ring.
Youll join the second piece of chain to the center charm and to the clasp using jump rings, too.
This octopus necklace is my new favorite piece of jewelry!

This octopus necklace is my new favorite piece of jewelry!

Photo: Susan Beal

It seems like some charms are just crying out to find the chain of their dreams and become a new heavy-rotation favorite necklace—the one you reach for first and plan your fall ensembles around. If you have a big, fantastical piece you've been saving for just the right project, maybe an ultra-simple but striking necklace is the way to go!

You'll need:

  • Pliers
  • Large charm with holes or spaces on each side to link through (or you can drill or expand the holes yourself with a Dremel or other hand-held drill)
  • Chain of your choice
  • Four jump rings
  • Clasp and ring
  • Measuring tape
  • Optional: another necklace that you like the length of for easy comparison

1. Choose just the right charm at your neighborhood bead store or in your stash. I found this brass octopus at Ornamentea in Raleigh, North Carolina, and thought he would make a magnificent necklace.

2. Pair the charm with chain that suits its style. I chose this elongated-link copper chain from a long-ago trip to Beyond Beads in San Francisco—I like mixing metals and I thought the style of the two elements would work together nicely.

3. Using a measuring tape or another finished necklace you like for comparison, plan out the dimensions of your necklace. I knew I wanted mine to measure about 17 inches long, like another necklace I recently made myself that sits well. So since my charm measured 2-1/2 inches across, and my medium-sized clasp and ring would take up about an inch total, I cut two lengths of chain, each measuring almost 7 inches. (Remember, it's much easier to make the necklace a bit longer and cut a few links off to make it shorter than to adjust it the opposite way.)

4. Use your pliers to open one jump ring and join the first link in one length of chain to an opening on one side of your charm. (If need be, you can drill the holes yourself.) Close the jump ring securely. Next, you'll join the other end of the chain to a clasp, using a second jump ring.

5. Repeat step 4 with the second length of chain on the other side of the centerpiece and with the other half of the clasp.

6. Try on your new favorite necklace!

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posted in: chain, charms, charm, ornamentea, raleigh, octopus

Comments (1)

LisaCrone writes: This is so great, I love it!! Thanks for sharing such a fun, simple and unique design!! Lisa C,
Posted: 2:14 pm on November 22nd
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