I love DIYs. And this one is a goodie. Here is another one of The DIY Designer projects I thought I’d give a whirl. As seen everywhere, chunky chain necklaces are trending right now. So this statement necklace with safety pins is right on time to cut.
I got a couple of necklaces with matching bracelets for one year. They’ve been sitting in my closet for a couple of years now. The chains are pretty hefty and a lil bit gody on their own. They’re gold and silver-plated, not my style on their own. So, I decided to make them into statement necklaces. Here’s the skinny.
Safety Pins: that match your necklace
Beads: that match your necklaces
*You can use any necklace with an opening to put a jump ring on it.
connect the two necklaces or, in my case, secure the chain and the bracelet. Next, take a jump ring, open it with the pliers, and connect it to the necklace’s top portion. You’ll have to put the chain on yourself to see where you want to place the bottom chain and how much you want the necklace draped. Once the necklaces are attached, they should have a natural slope.
how to open a jump ring
Hold two sets of pliers in each hand, hold the jump ring with one set of pliers, and with the other pliers, open up the jump ring like a door; you bend them back and forth like doors.
take the safety pins and divide them by size. The safety pins should be different sizes and have the same metal tone to make them look cohesive. Using multiple sizes and shapes of beads will give your necklace some dimension. You can find various shapes and colors of safety pins and beads at Joann’s, Michael’s, Walmart, etc., pretty much anywhere they sell craft supplies.
Add the beads to the safety pin and close it. Each pin will be different; and will hold an additional amount of beads. Make 10-12 of each size and style of a safety pin.
Open a jump ring, get the closed side of the safety pin, hook it to the jump ring, add it to the necklace and close the jump ring. Next, add two oversized safety pins to each chain’s center and make those your anchors in the center front.
You’re going to do the same thing to the rest of the safety pins. Create a pattern with the safety pins. Start with a large one, then add a medium or small or a couple of small ones. Start in the middle and add a few on the left and a few on the right. Keep going until your necklace has perfect symmetry. Repeat this process until you’ve added all your safety pins and it looks complete.
try it on and see how it looks on. You can adjust if needed. You want to make sure your necklace is balanced.
That’s it! That’s how you make a statement necklace with safety pins! Have fun with it. I love the way these two necklaces came out! You can wear them casually or dress up. Try it out!