Monday, October 17, 2011

DIY: Bow tie necklace

I've been coming across a lot of bow tie style necklaces lately while browsing stores online. I am loving them. Bow ties are huge right now. Headbands are adorned with them, shoes are bedecked with them, and the pussybow blouse is having a moment. It was decided. I, too, would take on the bow.

The inspiration:
1. Asos 2.Max and Chloe 3. Modcloth

What you'll need:

1 Bow (I found this at JoAnne's)
Chain (to the length you want)
4 small open jump rings (I used 3.5mm)
2 slightly larger open jump rings (I used 4mm)
1 closed jump ring (I used 5mm)
Bead reamer (or pin/needle)
I happen to have jewelry making supplies on hand, but Michael's and other craft stores sell these supplies.
Be aware most craft stores won't have sterling silver, which is my preference. You'll most likely need to go to a beading store for sterling, or order online. 

Pierce hole on the side of your bow (for the connections).
Repeat on other side.

Open your larger jump ring. 
Using both pairs of pliers, find the seam and push/pull in opposite directions.
Place smaller jump ring on the open one.
Attach through the hole you made, close jump ring.
To close, repeat how you opened it, be sure to make sure there's no gap.
Repeat Step 2 and 3 for other side.
Measure your bow.

Based on the size of your bow, determine the amount of chain needed.
I wanted my necklace to be about 16 inches, so I cut 13 inches of chain.
Be sure to keep in mind the clasp will add some slight length as well.
Cut the chain into 2 equal lengths.

Open smaller jump ring and attach a piece of chain, then close tightly.
Repeat for other side.

On one side, attach another smaller jump ring and your clasp.
Close tightly.

On the other side, attach the smaller jump ring and the closed one.
Close tightly.


And on. 
Please pardon my no makeup'd Sunday crafty self.

If you do this for yourself, I'd love for you to share it with me! What's your stance? To bow or not to bow? I'm excited to wear this with tees, button ups and dresses. I mean everything is classier when you're wearing a sparkling bow tie necklace, right?


jessica whitaker said...

Oh my goodness! How cute! Love!

Denise Pacurar said...

This is such a cute and creative idea! It seems pretty easy to do! (Well, because of your awesome photo turorial!) thanks for sharing!

XOXO – Denise

PS: I’m having a vintage jewelry/antique tea cup giveaway on my blog!! Come visit and enter to win!

Hailey said...

AHHHHH I WANT I WANT!!!!!! You make it look so easy!