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Make a Revamped Sparkle Necklace and Earrings Set!

comments (3) May 17th, 2009     

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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?


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.


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.


A scallop of chain hangs below each of the three central beads.

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Comments (3)

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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