Fringe… I was going to say something corny about wanting to go to the Edinburgh fringe but substituting with a fringe necklace instead. But it was SOO lame, it made me cringe 😛 So I’m just going to go straight into the tutorial here 🙂
What you need:
- small pearls
- silver chain (about 64 inches)
- 10-15 silver nugget beads
- tigertail wire
- 2 ribbons- I used ones from Selfridges bags- ideally they’d be flat grosgrain ribbons not these cord ones but no one really sees them anyway and waste not, want not 🙂
- 2 ribbon connectors
- 2 jump rings
- 2 crimps
- 16″ black fringe
- scissors & pliers
It seems like a lot but it’s really not 🙂 It’s a very simple yet dramatic looking project!
Lay the chain out in 4 equal lengths.
On 1 side of the chain, there will be 2 loops whilst on the other side, you will get 1 loop and 2 ends of the chain
For the side with the 2 loops, insert the open jump ring into 1 link in each loop (so 2 links in total) and then close it- In this way, you are using the jump ring to hold the 2 loops together.
Repeat on the other side, but this time holding 3 links together- 1 link from each of the chain ends, and 1 from the loop on that end.
Thread the tiger tail through 1 crimp & end of the chain – I have linked it through each link of the chain AND the jump ring for security as they all have tiny gaps from which the wire could slip out- then back into the crimp and the crimp flatten with the pliers.
In this way, you’ve attached the wire to the chains!
Now it’s time to start threading- the slightly tedious part- but happily this is quite quick as the beads aren’t too small. Thread a few pearls followed by 1 silver nugget- I did 6 pearls for every 1 nugget- and repeat till you have a length equal in length to the silver chains.
End this using a crimp as you did in Step 4 and you will get the following.
It doesn’t matter if you do step 6 to 7 first, so I’m just following the order of my photos here 😛
Thread the ribbon through the jump ring till it’s in equal lengths then tie a knot.
Repeat at the other end.
Again, this could be a necklace in its own right (hence 2 + 2!), but I like BIG jewelry 😛 So we’re attaching a fringe 🙂
Open the ribbon connector wide, then clamp-wrap it around 1 end of the fringe using the pliers. Repeat at the other end.
Link the ribbon connector to the jump ring- the jump ring should be attached to the rest of the necklace but i’m showing it to you in isolation above so that you can see it better- except for the fuzziness of the photo! Hard to take photos 1 handed 😛
Repeat at the other end, and you have the final version of the necklace 🙂 I was thinking of adding crystals then decided, enough is enough 😛
Styling: Sandro top, Amazon hanger 😛
And since we were already on fringe duty, I decided to do another version of a fringe necklace. Simple this time- just the fringe + colourful beads – so the method of making it is the same as above – but I think no less eye-catching due to the vibrant colours 🙂