November 14, 2012

DIY Mixed Midori Ribbon and Bead Necklace

Before you start wrapping up gifts in pretty ribbon for the upcoming season, why not wrap up something special for yourself? Using Midori ribbon, chain, and a few large beads, I concocted a mixed material necklace that would make a lovely gift for yourself or someone else. No fancy skills required!




Tools and Materials:
Jewelry pliers
Bead reamer (or thin, pointy object like wire or a large safety pin)
Scissors
Chain, 16 inches
Jump rings and clasp (not pictured)
Large wood beads (similar)
At least 1 yard Midori double faced satin ribbon (I love this stuff-- it's such great quality. I used 1" in Bougainvillea)


Begin by using the bead reamer to push the ribbon through your first bead.


Slide the bead about 2/3 of the way down the ribbon, and tie a knot on the long end side of the ribbon.


Continue adding beads and knotting the ribbon. I love the way the beads look with just the pretty ribbon, but I wanted to add an extra element with the chain.


Cut the chain into two even 8 inch pieces. 


Thread one end of the ribbon through the last link on the chain, and knot in place.


Begin weaving the ribbon through the chain, in and out of the links. It helps to wrap the end of the ribbon with tape to it's easier to feed through the links.


Once you get to the end of the chain, tie a knot. Repeat with the other piece of chain on the other side of the necklace. Trim the ribbon ends (they look best at 45 degree angles) and use fray check or gently fuse with a lighter to prevent the ribbon from fraying.


Disclosure: Materials and compensation were provided by Midori Ribbon for completion of this project. All opinions, however, are completely my own.

3 comments:

  1. I tried once to do something similar but it was a disaster... thanks for sharing, i will try again!

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  2. molto bella!!!! complimenti!!!!

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  3. Hi..This piece of jewelry is really amazing.....Thanks for sharing.:)

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