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 πŸ˜› So I’m just going to go straight into the tutorial here πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚
  • 2 ribbon connectors
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2 crimps
  • 16″ black fringe
  • scissors & pliers

It seems like a lot but it’s really not πŸ™‚ It’s a very simple yet dramatic looking project!

IMG_6054Step 1

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

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Step 2

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-Β In this way, you are using the jump ring to hold the 2 loops together.

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Step 3

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.

You could actually attach to a clasp and have a silver necklace now! Β But we’re not done yet πŸ™‚ That would be a little too easy πŸ˜›

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Step 4

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- Β then back into the crimp and the crimp flatten with the pliers.
In this way, you’ve attached the wire to the chains!

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Step 5

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.

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Step 6

It doesn’t matter if you do step 6 to 7 first, so I’m just following the order of my photos here πŸ˜›

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 πŸ˜› So we’re attaching a fringe πŸ™‚


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Step 7

Open the ribbon connector wide, then clamp-wrap it around 1 end of the fringe using the pliers. Repeat at the other end.

IMG_6067Step 8

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 πŸ˜›
Repeat at the other end, and you have the final version of the necklace πŸ™‚ I was thinking of adding crystals then decided, enough is enough πŸ˜›

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Styling: Sandro top, Amazon hanger πŸ˜›

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 πŸ™‚

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