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Make a Revamped Sparkle Necklace and Earrings Set

comments (21) July 21st, 2015     

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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The revamped sparkle necklace joins crystal-clear beads with chain, accented with small drops.
Revamp an old costume jewelry necklace into a new, delicate necklace and earrings set, using a few simple craft materials!
The earring drops are made with delicate chain and matching beads.
The revamped sparkle necklace joins crystal-clear beads with chain, accented with small drops.

The revamped sparkle necklace joins crystal-clear beads with chain, accented with small drops.

Photo: Susan Beal

I wanted to make a new set of jewelry to wear to a friend's wedding coming up, and I came up with this idea to rework an old necklace I never wear anymore. I used a piece with graduated clear Lucite square beads and mixed in two styles of chain to update it as a sleek choker with matching scalloped embellishments. I had enough beads left over to make matching earrings, with plenty to spare for a future project…a bracelet, maybe?

sparkle necklace and earrings set
Here's everything I used to make my necklace and earrings set.

What you'll need:

  • Pliers (flat-nose, round-nose, and wire cutters)
  • One old necklace to work with
  • 22-gauge gold wire
  • Seed beads in a coordinating color
  • Oversized gold circle chain (I used 9 inches total) and thinner gold chain (I used 18 inches total)
  • Eye pins, clasp, and earring wires
  • Velvet jewelry displays to design on

To make the necklace:

1. Cut the necklace cord so that the beads are free, and arrange seven of them as you'd like with your focal or largest ones in the center (if they are different sizes). Measure each of your three central beads and write down their length. I used a total of seven beads that ranged from 1/4 to 1 inch across, so depending on the size of your beads, you may need to use more or fewer total. My arrangement was three large beads (1 inch across), two medium (5/8 inch), and two small (1/4 inch).

2. Cut seven pieces of 3- to 4-inch-long wire, one for each of your beads. Form a plain loop on one end of your first piece of wire. Add one seed bead, one larger bead, and another seed bead. Form a plain loop at the other end so that you have a bead link ready to work with.

sparkle necklace and earrings set
Join the beads to the circle chain with plain loops.

3. Repeat step 2 with each of your other beads.

4. Cut six pieces of circle chain-mine were three links each at 1-1/2 inches long. These will go in between each of the seven bead links.

5. Referring to your measurements in step 1, cut one piece of thin chain for each central bead, exactly twice as long as the bead measures. If your large beads are 1 inch across, the corresponding pieces of chain will measure 2 inches, for example.

6. Starting with the center bead, gently open the plain loop on one side and slip the end link of the chain onto the open loop. Slip the end link of your first piece of circle chain inside, too, and close the loop.

7. Repeat step 6 with the other end of the chain and the other side of the bead link. You now have a scallop of chain hanging down below the center bead in the design, with a section of circle chain to each side.

sparkle necklace and earrings set
A scallop of chain hangs below each of the three central beads.

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Comments (21)

Dallinlarsen5 writes: great
Posted: 3:36 am on September 20th
Dallinlarsen4 writes: ultimate
Posted: 12:54 am on September 17th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: Beautiful chain
Posted: 2:41 am on September 16th
Johnychamp writes: Ultimate
Posted: 5:06 am on September 15th
DallinLarsen writes: Nice Work
Posted: 1:50 am on September 15th
matthewtweedie writes: cool
Posted: 12:19 am on August 4th
Davidecristiana writes: creative
Posted: 1:16 am on May 4th
alliancelimo writes: well done
Posted: 3:20 am on April 25th
AileyKare writes: Wonderful
Posted: 6:01 am on March 7th
jesushale writes: soo nice necklace.
Posted: 11:19 pm on March 3rd
Rahonda writes: OOSSMM ...keep it great work
Posted: 3:23 am on December 3rd
DieterAchan writes: WoWWW.Its fantastic.Beautifull jewelery
Posted: 5:54 am on December 2nd
JaffronTox writes: I think its great for gift
Posted: 11:56 pm on November 24th
RoyKafen writes: Very inspiring
Posted: 6:37 am on November 24th
LaurenKey writes: I love your necklace design
Posted: 12:17 am on November 24th
MichalCarte writes: that look like....Beautifull
Out standing
Posted: 7:02 am on November 21st
RamiroStokes writes:
i love all the design. nice present
Posted: 4:17 am on November 21st
LilyFord writes: Good work I would pay for this :)
Posted: 9:33 am on August 12th
BellaPerlaJewelry writes: love this, gave me a great idea
Posted: 1:10 pm on November 23rd
mommaviv writes: I like this a lot. Now I'm anxious to raid my rarely opened jewelery box.

Posted: 11:28 pm on June 4th
Maureclaire writes:
Wow ! Gorgeous ! And, sooo creative !
Posted: 10:45 am on May 17th
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