March 25, 2013

DIY Crystal Spike Necklace


This number has been a DIY idea cooking on the back burner for a long time. It's inspired by Fallon's classic biker choker, but you can find similar knock-off versions for sale online too. On a bit of an Etsy shopping spree I finally bought the jewels to make it myself. The rhinestones set me back around $25, but that's a bargain compared to the $325 for the Fallon version. I know I've talked about this before, but I'm finding that with online-only shopping, I am more selective and deliberate about what I purchase and make. So, when I finish a project, I'm twice as excited. I hope you are too! Enjoy!


Tools:
Round nose jewelry pliers
Chain nose jewelry pliers
Wire clippers
Jewelry/super glue
(material details after the photo)



Materials:
18 inches curb chain
Head pins (one for each pendant)
Spikes
Sew-on crystals in setting (I used 3 large round, 7 small round, and 6 marquis/navette)
Jump rings and clasp

DIY tip: Be sure to buy crystals in a setting that matches the other metals of your materials for a polished look!



 To begin, I laid out the design of my necklace.


For the center focal point of the necklace, push a head pin through the holes of one of the larger crystals.


Put a dab of glue on a crystal, and press in place to attach to the large crystal.


Repeat to add additional crystals to make the focal point of the necklace and allow to dry.



For the next pendants, push a small and large round crystal onto a head pin. Add a drop of glue to a spike, and press firmly onto the bottom crystal. Repeat for a second pendant. Let dry.


Use the same process to make the final pendant pieces. For mine, I made sure that the design mirrored itself with the navette shaped crystal pointing toward center on both sides.

Once everything has dried, it's time to attach to the chain. The steps above show another pendant, but it's a good idea to start with the center focal point and work your wait outward to make sure everything is centered and symmetric. 1) Grip the head pin with pliers and fold the wire over at a 90 degree angle. 2) Clip the wire, leaving about 1 cm. 3) Grip the pin wire with the needle nose pliers at the angle, and 4) use the flat-nose pliers to wrap the wire over the round needle nose pliers, creating a hook. You can see this in action in this video. Don't close the loop just yet.

Hook the head pin wire around the chain link, and then use pliers to bend the remaining wire onto itself into a loop around the chain.

Using this method, attach all the crystals and spikes to the chain.


Finish the necklace by adding jump rings and the clasp to the chain ends.

And it's done!





24 comments:

  1. LOVE!! Such a great statement piece! Definitely going to have to try this one with all my little crystals that have been hiding in my craft box!
    Thanks for sharing! xoxo

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    1. That sounds great! So glad you like it : )

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  2. I LOVE this idea! The material are quite pricy but it totally worth it :)
    Gonna give it a go when I finally get hold of curb chain :)
    Great tutorial <3
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm sure you could shop around for crystals and find a good deal-- it's definitely worth it, though!

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  3. Loved it!

    great DIY, it looks so expensive =)

    Lila&Sirena
    lilasirena.blogspot.com

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  4. I actually drooled when I saw this. Amazing! I did find a neat little trick to bypass the uber crazy expensive rhinestones: go thrifting and purchase a rhinestone necklace and just disassemble it. I just bought this rhinestone necklace for $5 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Statement-Rhinestone-Crystal-Black-Ribbon-Chain-Bib-Collar-Necklace-/321095976540?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac2cfc65c only set back is no settings :( though i think you can also by regular settings somewhere on the internet

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    1. Thanks so much Gloria! That's a great tip for sourcing the materials.

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    2. You're welcome! Big fan of your blog <3 I also like stores like Forever21 which have these enormous rhinestone necklaces for like $10. The quality of course isn't as fantabulous as buying them legitimately but when you're uber broke and you want to rhinestone *everything* you own, it's a good alternative.

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  5. I love this necklace! The crystals look so badass with the spikes and thick chain. :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! So glad you like it : )

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  6. wow. Your projects are getting so sophisticated (yet still well explained.)

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    1. That just may be the best compliment ever. Thank you!

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  7. I like how this is ladylike and edgy all at the same time. :)

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    1. Thank you, Erica! It's all about the contrast : )

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  8. This is amazing... I LOVE it... wish I thought of this myself! #DIYjealousy ;)

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  9. I've had that Fallon necklace on my wishlist for a while - I can't believe how similar this looks. Adding to my "to make" list!

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    1. Oh you have to make it if it's on your list! Love to see if you do!

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  10. Amazing job, Erin! This is drop dead gorgeous, and your instructions again are perfect!
    xx
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  11. Muy profesional

    http://lamodamimanera.blogspot.com.es/

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  12. Wow! Looks amazing.

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