Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tiered Connector Necklace



I'm back this week with another project featuring our glorious line of connectors. Last week's project was just the tip of the creative iceberg. I was so inspired to use these sweet connectors again that I decided to create a piece that really showcases their beauty and versatility. 

The result? A drop tiered necklace with layers of connectors linked together to create unique strands. My necklace has a nature theme as I chose the long rose, mini bird and branch connectors to work with. A small round pendant tray serves as the centerpiece. Imagine how easy this piece would be to customize for a special recipient. 

Let's get started...

What You'll Need

30" Craft Fantastic Rolo Chains (2) - One serves as my necklace base and the other provides the extra chain I'll need to create my additional strands. I'm sure 2 24" Rolo Chains would work just as well since we are cutting them up.  








Pliers (2)

Not Pictured:






This project takes more time than last week's simple pendant piece, but the results are dramatic and unique. If you wear this piece out, prepare to be showered with accolades! 



First, hold the chain by the clasp and cut the chain in the center (the opposite end of the clasp) with a pair of scissors. Do not use your fancy schmancy scissors for this endeavor. You can see how beat up the pair I'm using are. These are the dollar store variety and they will end up in the garbage once I have drained them of their usefulness. 



Trim each end to 7 1/2". You're still working on the end opposite from the clasp.



Attached a small jump ring to each of the loose ends of chain.



Attach a large jump ring to each of the small jump rings. 



Now assemble this strand. To the large jump ring add the following...

small jump ring
mini bird connector
small jump ring
1/2" length of chain (4 links)
small jump ring
branch connector
small jump ring
1/2" length of chain (4 links)
small jump ring
mini bird connector
small jump ring
1'2" length of chain (4 links)
small jump ring
branch connector
small jump ring
1/2" length of chain (4 links)
small jump ring 
mini bird connector
small jump ring

Connect this end to the large jump ring. You're almost there! Only 2 more strands to go!



Now assemble the next strand. To the large jump ring attach the following...

small jump ring
3/4" length of chain (6 links)
small jump ring
long rose connector
small jump ring
1/4" length of chain (2 links)
small jump ring
long rose connector
small jump ring
1/4" length of chain (2 links)
small jump ring
long rose connector
small jump ring
1/4" length of chain (2 links)
small jump ring
3/4" length of chain (6 links)
small jump ring

Connect this end to the other large jump ring. Only 1 more strand to go!



The last stand is pretty simple. To the large jump ring attach the following...

small jump ring
1 1/2" length of chain (14 links)
small jump ring
large jump ring
small round pendant tray (with glass)
small jump ring
1 1/2" length of chain (14 links)
small jump rings

Connect this end to the other larger jump ring. Voila! You're finished!


Behold your fabulous creation!


Pretty swanky!



Well, that was fun! Imagine this beautiful piece displayed in the open neckline of a crisp, white shirt with the collar turned up. I may have to run out and buy one to add to my wardrobe!

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