After digging out a bag of square studs for the easy stud necklace I posted previously, I was itching to do something else with some of the studs I had left!
I ended up making this short necklace, inspired by some Japanese street fashion photos. A lot of the stylish and adorable people snapped were wearing necklaces that looked like all kinds of non-necklace things: curtain ties, upholstery tassel, even doll parts!
Remembering the tassel braid left over from when I recovered my bedroom stool, I pulled this necklace together over the space of a few minutes!
The construction is very easy and requires a few basic stitches and a few basic jewellery-making techniques. Anyone can do it!
1 x 6 inch tassel braid or similar
2 x 6 inch lengths of chain
4 x jump rings
2 x split rings
1 x clasp (I used a lobster clasp and a third split ring)
Metal studs of your choice (Optional! I used 8 square ones)
Thread to match the braid
Glue OR fray stopper
Flat nosed pliers
1. Cut the chain and braid to length and glue the ends of the braid to prevent it from fraying. I folded the corners into the back slightly so no glue would show on the front.
2. Stitch a split ring to each upper corner of the braid.
3. Use a jump ring to attach a length of chain to each split ring.
4. Fix the clasp onto the opposite ends of the chain using more jump rings.
5. Optional: Attach the studs: push them through the braid and carefully push the spikes down at the back.
6. Style it up and show it off! Worn here with my nifty second-hand shawl and my refashioned
Of course, you don’t need to include the studs: you could sew on some gems, attach rhinestones, or leave it plain! Alternatively, you could sew small embellishments to the bottom of the braid--how about some tiny bells, or small coin charms?
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