What do you like about crafting? For me, I love the challenge of turning something into something totally different. (Which is why I love my collaborative projects with other bloggers in which we pick a common theme, such as rainbow jewelry, and then independently create a DIY for it. It’s soooo fascinating to see how different- or how similar!- our projects turn out! An example of a past collaboration is this marbled phone case I did with Evija)

I also love finding a use for something that other people would consider junk! Which is why upcycling DIY projects are among my favourites 🙂 Here’s a link to a gallery showing all the upcycled DIYs I’ve done. Let me know if you like any- or if some still look like rubbish! Much as I love quirky fashion, I’d rather not be on the streets wearing something that looks like I salvaged it from the waste bin (even though I really did :P)

Today, I’m going to show you how I turned some old washers- donated to me by a good friend!- into a statement necklace. You can buy them at any hardware store, Amazon, or get them from your old electronic products! 🙂

What you need

Black washers in the same size

Silver jump rings (we want silver to contrast against the black!)

Silver (oxidised) chain

Pliers (optional if your jump rings are soft)

Step 1

Use the pliers- or your fingers!- to open the jump ring and slide 2 washers in then close it. Now keep repeating this to link a ton of washers together. Make sure you some washers are linked to more than 1 other washer- if not, you’ll just end up with a very long line of washers (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Note: I’m not showing you the steps to recreate my exact necklace because the fun of this project is seeing what different variations you come up with! If you do want to recreate the exact same one, it should be easy to figure out from looking at the final necklace shown below. If not, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help you out! 🙂 

Step 2

Once you’re done, open up another jump ring and link the final washer to 1 end of the chain. Repeat for the other side.



Eye-catching necklace created in 2 easy steps! I really love the geometric pattern created by the silver jump rings! Usually black jewelry is a pain if you like to wear black clothes (they get swallowed up), but here the silver rings help it stand out! 🙂

Written by Zen