Hello, 30 Days readers! I’m Allie from Miss Lovie! I’m excited to be here to share my Glitz and Gold Holiday Necklace tutorial with you today! This necklace is the perfect addition to any holiday party outfit! It can also be great as a statement piece used to fancy up a t-shirt or it would be a perfect accessory with your favorite cocktail dress. And since the tones of the necklace are neutral (and sparkly!), it is super versatile .
Best part, though? It’s easy. Really. Fancy and easy is my favorite combo.
Let’s gather your materials:
(clockwise from left)
Head pins (my favorite are 2 in.)
2 lengths of large link chain: 20 inches and 8 1/2 inches
Large and medium beads (gold pearls and glass translucent beads from JoAnn’s Fabric Superstore)
Large rhinestone drops (purchased from Way to Bead Etsy shop)
1 length of small length chain: 2-3 inches (not pictured)
Jewelry Tools Needed
(clockwise from left) Flat nose pliers, bent nose pliers, needle nose pliers, wire cutters
Let’s first create the actual necklace from the chain.
Open a small jump ring and slide on one end of the 20 inch section of large link chain along with the lobster clasp (picture 1 and 2), and close the jump ring. Open a large jump ring and slide on the other end of that length of chain as well as the small length chain if you want your necklace to be adjustable, and close the jump ring.
The ends of your chain should look like this now.
About 4 inches down from the beginning of one side of the chain add a jump ring and the second length of chain. Close the jump ring. Add the other end of the short chain with another jump ring 4 inches down from the other end of the long chain.
Now your necklace looks like this.
Now let’s add our beads. To create the connectors for the beads, we need to make simple loops on each bead.
1. To create a simple loop, slide your bead onto a head pin.
2. Then use your bent nose pliers to bend the pin at a 90 degree angle right against the bead. (the picture shows to leave space above the bead. Don’t. For a simple loop, bend the pin right against the bead. To do this, simply, grasp the pin directly above the bead and bend it down. Be careful not to chip the bead
3. Then, use your needle nose pliers and place them above the bend in the pin. Use your fingers to pull the pin up over the pliers.
4. Reposition your pin as shown in picture 4 and keep bending the pin all the way around to create the full loop.
Snip of the end of the wire as shown here.
See how the loop is close to the bead?
Your bead will, of course, look more like the one below with a little bit of a larger loop than is shown in the tutorial above.
The size and number of the links in the chain you use will determine how many beads you need and how many simple loops you’ll need to create. I’ll share the number I used in order to give you a general idea of about how many beads you’ll need.
Sometimes I use this bead palette to help me plan out my projects, but it is not a necessity. For this necklace I basically started by putting a large bead every other link-one bead per link. Then I alternated the type of beads. I filled the rest of the links with the medium gold pearls and rhinestone drops.
On the top chain of the necklace which is about 7 1/2 inches long (from jump ring to jump ring), I used 4 large gold pearls, 3 large glass translucent beads, 4 medium gold pearls and 2 rhinestone drops.
On the bottom chain which was about 81/2 inches long (from jump ring to jump ring), I used 5 large gold beads, 4 large glass translucent beads, 5 medium gold beads, and 4 rhinestone drops
To attach the beads to the links, simply stick your needle nose pliers inside the simple loop and pull the loop back open. Slide the open loop onto a link. On smaller links it does not matter what side you place the bead, but with larger links like this, you need to test out which side of the link the bead will lay best. The bead will hang on the necklace awkwardly when placed on the wrong side.
To close the loop back up, you can do one of the two options above (or a mix of both). You can stick the needle nose pliers in the loop and twist it closed again (as the picture on the left shows). Sometimes the loop is too small and the link is in the way, so (the picture on the right shows that) you can grasp both sides of the loop with your bent nose pliers and squeeze the loops shut.
Keep adding beads on the top part of the necklace like this alternating large and small beads and then work on the bottom section of the chain until finished. I only had 6 rhinestone drops total (left over from my Statement Bridal Necklace) so I spaced those out.
Fancy and fun.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions! And enjoy those holiday parties looking fabulous!
If you loved this tutorial be sure to check out my other jewelry tutorials on 30 days, DIY Turquoise Pendant Necklace, Chunky Colorblock Necklace, and Collar Statement Necklace or jewelry tutorials on my blog!