Easy, Classic, and Functional
If you’re like me, then you have a lot of lovely pendants in your jewelry wardrobe but seem to gravitate to a few favorites. A good way to keep your favorite pendant pieces looking fresh is to wear them on a cord necklace. This changes their look dramatically and makes them easier to layer with other pieces (think no more tangled chains).
Cord necklaces can be expensive to buy when purchased from a jewelry retailer, but with a few findings and some jewelry making tools, you can easily assemble your own.
Here’s what you need:
- Cord in your choice of color – hemp, leather, silk, whatever material you like best. I chose black for my piece since it is a classic and goes with everything.
- 1 lobster claw clasp (or spring ring if you prefer)
- 2 split rings – a split ring comes in handy if you want to add a pendant to your cord that has a bail smaller than the finding. You can simply take the split ring off to add your pendant and easily replace it again without the need for tools. Think key ring here.
- 2 crimp ends or flat cord ends – these are different from crimp beads
- Crimping pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Tape measure
First, determine the length you want your finished necklace to be. Cut off the appropriate amount of material with your scissors.
Next, add your crimp or flat ends to each end of the cord, crimping them closed with the crimping pliers.
Now you’re ready to attach the clasp and the split rings to your crimp or flat ends. Use a pair of pliers to help hold each piece in place if necessary.
Pick a favorite pendant, and viola! You now have a very chic, very functional piece of jewelry. I love that I can easily switch out my pendant depending on my mood and outfit. I save money and help lessen my environmental impact by not shopping for new pieces all the time.
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