Today’s DIY is a little different than usual, in that we are taking a perfectly fine necklace and transforming it into something new and different. If you are anything like me, you probably have a crystal collar or two laying around. I probably have at least five of them, and have been feeling a bit bored with ‘em. My problem is that I keep buying them, and then finding a new favorite. The one I used for this tutorial came from Forever 21, so it wasn’t a big deal to cut it up… but I had no idea how much I’d love the end results… this is hands down, my favorite necklace right now.
You’ll Need: Crystal Necklace (Forever 21 always has great options, as does Etsy. Here, here (colored!) and here are some good options) // Rope // Fishbone Chain (I buy mine at New York Beads in the garment district of NYC but you can also buy it online here). // Clasp (love these magnetic crystal clasps) // 4 small Jump Rings // Scissors // Two Barrel End Caps // (not pictured) Embroidery Floss, pliers, E6000 Glue
Lay your rope out, centering the crystal portion.
Tie on a piece of embroidery floss.
Slowly and carefully wrap the crystal necklace to the rope.
Wrap twice around each piece of crystal.
When you get to the end, make a loop and knot it off. I double/triple knot just to be safe.
Take your fishbone chain and weave it through the center of the crystal part of your necklace.
Finish off the sides by using a jump ring to link the end fo the chain to the crystal part of the necklace.
Using a bit of glue, pop each side of your rope into an end cap.
Allow to dry.
Hook your clasp onto the endcaps using jump rings + pliers.
First, Second, and Last photos by Lydia Hudgens