Hello hello! 🙂
I really wanted to make this choker for myself because I didn’t have a neutral, beaded one that would go with everything and the ones that I saw online cost upwards of $50. Um no.
So I went to Michael’s and made my own just the way I wanted it for a grand total of about $10. Not too bad 🙂
Without being a professional jewelry maker by any means, here’s the breakdown of how I did it:
What you’ll need:
beads/crystals of your choosing
string (I chose .25 mm clear string)
a little gold ring for the clasp
crimping beads (optional)
pliers (of any kind)
Cut a long piece of string (better safe than sorry on the length for this project) and thread it through your gold hoop and tie a couple of knots. Thread a crimping bead and put it right over your knots and crimp down with your pliers. (Not too hard, because you can break them). The crimping beads are optional but do hold the knots in place more securely than not having them.
Choose a pattern or string your beads randomly. I chose to randomly string mine. I took the extra thread from where I tied by knots and threaded it back through the already strung beads to hide it. You can also cut it, but I think it looks cleaner to restring it.
Size your choker. You have the option of course to have multiple gold hoops on the end in order to have the possibility of looser or tighter fits, but I chose to just put one. So I had to be very sure that the length of my choker was perfect for where I wanted it to sit.
Take the end of your string and go around your last bead and string back up through it to really secure it in place. This way, the beads will not slide back and forth.
Tie a couple knots and crimp another crimping bead over them like before.
Thread your clasp. Here I got a little creative with my knot-tying so that it was extra secure. I kind of looped the string back through itself before securing the knot as I tried to demonstrate in the photo:
Enjoy your gorgeous new sparkly choker! 🙂
I probably didn’t make this as perfectly as a real jewelry maker but I think it came out looking great, tied very securely, and it didn’t take me long at all to do. I found this project to be very easy and it saved me a lot of money for a trendy piece.
As always, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and let me know your questions/comments below! 🙂