January 27, 2012

DIY Bib Necklace

Let's get down to business*: I found a necklace at a cheap jewelry store that seemed to be the perfect backdrop to create a Dannijo-esque bib necklace with its rows of chunky circular links. But it had a bit of... a problem. Here's the before:

Like a disco ball for cleavage, the weird plastic key-chain jewel had to go. Once it was removed, I had a blank canvas to personalize. I was inspired by Dannijo's use of dagger beads and lady-like pearls. See how reinterpreted the necklace after the jump!

(images from here)

*If you read that phrase and immediately sang the song from Mulan, mad points for you.

Tools and Materials:
Pearl beads
Jump rings
Head pins (not pictured)
Pre-made necklace (similar

1. Using my pliers, I removed the "gem" and its links.

2. Attached the spike beads to every other link using jump rings.

3. I originally thought I would use beading wire, but changed my mind and used head pins instead.
4. Slide a bead onto a pin.
5. Trim down the pin and bend it into a loop with the pliers.
6. Repeat with the other pearls.

7. With jump rings, I attached the pearls to the links in between the spike beads.

This necklace has way more personality than before. DIY changes, big or small, can have quite an impact on store bought or thrifted items that might otherwise be a little bland.


  1. I like the inspiration, but I lOVE your version better! What a great statement necklace :-)


  2. I love what you did with this, Erin! Now it's absolutely gorgeous!
    Smart n Snazzy

  3. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Loved how you took a gaudy piece and made it a "I want one, too" statement necklace. Great work!

  4. I love this necklace! Dannijo makes amazing necklaces but this one is so great! Good work

  5. Where did you buy your necklace to work with?


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