I guess curating all those statement necklaces inspired me to do one of my own 🙂 I’ve had this Dannijo necklace pinned on my Pinterest “365 Days of Designer inspired DIY” board for the longest time, but not done anything about it, so I figured today was the day 🙂
As you can see, the original uses big blue dyed howlite/ “turquoise” beads interspersed with chains and whilst I do love the colour combination, I hate wearing heavy necklaces as they give me neck ache so I decided to use metallised plastic instead, which gives the necklace enough oomph but still keeps the weight down.
What you need:
- box chain
- faceted metallised plastic rondelles
- 2 crimps
- jump ring
- lobster clasp (use as big a one as possible- they’re easier to (un)fasten)
- plastic coated metal wire
- pliers & wire cutters
Cut 17-20 5 cm lengths of the box chain.
Slide a crimp onto the wire followed by the clasp. Double the thread back through the crimp, slide the crimp up to the base of the clasp, then use the pliers to crush the crimp. Make sure the crimp has been flattened well so it can stay in place. Use the wire cutters to cut off the excess wire.
String 10 rondelles onto the wire, followed by 1 box chain. After this, intersperse 2 rondelles with 1 chain till you run out of box chains. You can have more than 17-20 chains if you want a longer necklace but basically 17 is the minimum to not choke you too death. (This of course depends on the size of your rondelle beads. Mine are slightly over 1 cm)
Once you’ve finished the box chains, string on another 10 rondelles to make sure it’s even with the other side, then slide on the crimp and jump ring. Double the wire back over the jump ring into the crimp. Pull the wire so the crimp and jump ring sit just above the rondelles. (The tighter a finish you can do here, the more professional your necklace will look.) Press down hard on the crimp with the pliers then use the wire cutter to snip off the excess wire.
Done! It doesn’t look exactly like the Dannijo one but I never believe in outright copying, only inspiring 🙂 Of course if you want to do an exact replica of the Dannijo, it’s entirely possible. Just get the bluehowlite rondelles or DIY them using FIMO/ sculpey! 🙂
Note: after finishing the DIY, I just couldn’t leave it alone. I like my jewellery BIG so I decided to add on some pearls. You only need pearls and black wire. Wrap the end of the black wire around the part of the necklace where the first chain sits, add a pearl, then wrap around the chain again, add another pearl… continue till you reach the very last box chain, wrap around a few more times to make it secure then cut the wire and tuck the end in.
Took it out for a test run and it got a compliment within the hour. Mission accomplished then1 🙂