Chain Necklace – DIY Using Scrap Chains

Chain Necklace DIY

If you are a jewellery crafter like me you will probably, at some point, find yourself with lots of short chain pieces that you can do absolutely nothing with. “Absolutely nothing” of course means “Absolutely everything” I my world.

Here is what you will need to make your own scrap chain necklace:

  • Small chain parts. Lots of them, and of different types and hues:

chain parts

Where the hell did I get all of these chain parts??!! Crazy!

  • A longer chain that you will use as a base for your necklace and put the smaller chains on:

base chain
Tip: If you don’t have a chain that is long enough, you can also put together a long base chain using several short chains.

  • Jump rings. You will need these to connect the small chain parts to your base:

jump rings

Start attaching the scrap chain to the base. I find the easiest way to do this is by starting off with the longest chains and save the shortest for last.

Entwine the first chain with the base. Attach the ends with jump rings.

entwining chain

Continue on with the second layer. Repeat. And then repeat some more.

It takes some time and patience, but after a few more layers your necklace will look something like this:

chain layers

Add more chains to get it even thicker…

And soon you will get this:
close up

When you reach a point where you could never detangle the mess you have just created, the necklace is finished!

Long chain necklace

I made the longer necklace using the same technique. The difference between the two versions is that the longer was made with less chain and they were also attached more loosely to the base.

Long necklace

This gives the necklace a more distressed look.


Chain Necklace – DIY Using Scrap Chains — 5 Comments

  1. This is great. I think I do have a few chains at home that I no longer use, but can still remake. Awesome post! :)

  2. This is lovely, I’ve been saving chains to make exactly this (though I don’t have enough to, yet!). I’d like to feature this on my blog when that time comes if that’s alright with you. :)

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