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Scrap Metal Necklace Project

Part Number:PROJ-09136

About This Project

Make use of those too-short pieces of chain that have been sitting on your beading table for months.  This extra long necklace can be worn single stranded or doubled up.  It looks adorable with a plain colored sweater, jean and boots.  The perfect Fall accessory.  Enjoy!
Kelly McCoy, Auntie’s Beads Designer 
Chain - 4 feet worth in at least 6 or 7 different styles 
Open jump rings, 6mm, Bag of 10 - The number depends on the number of scraps.  2 bags will be plenty.

Beadalon Nipper Cutting Tool (if you need to trim any of your chain scraps)

Author Kelly Henderson
Kelly Henderson
Auntie's Beads Designer
Pick out some chain scraps.  If you don't have any, purchase 1 foot pieces of your favorite chains and simply trim them a bit.  All you have to do to make this necklace is connect the pieces of chain using open jump rings.  A 6mm should work for most chains (I was able to get them around even very large chains).  It looks best to alternate between small chains and larger ones.  You can also alternate the lengths of your pieces (4 inches here, 8 inches there, etc.)  The total length of your necklace should be about 4 feet.  Dont be afraid to mix in every color of metal!  You should probably decide whether you want bright/shiney finished chains for your piece or more antique/matte finishes to maintain continuity throughout the necklace.
Because this is such a long necklace, no clasp is required (it fits over your head).
If you are new to using jump rings, this instructional video will help. 
Below are some examples of cute chain, but we have many more styles, just click here.

Customer Reviews

5 Stars
Thrifty and SO chic!
I noticed this when perusing the various necklace projects. It was so perfect to efficiently use a number of odds and ends of chain that I had "hanging around" in my stash. I also used chunks of quartz that were "leftovers" at the points where each chain piece joined. I was really pleased at how polished the finished piece looked. Now the 'odds and ends' can be hung around my neck! I was surprised at the compliments I received as well!
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Reviewed by:  from Milford, Kansas. on 5/7/2013
5 Stars
Great inspiration
I usually make earings from leftover chain, but this is a great idea, and I love the mixed metal colours, very current.
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Reviewed by:  from Southey. on 10/18/2010

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