Necklaces have been used since the Stone Age according to archaeologists. Since then they have been used to depict high stature within a society - from using golden adornments and chokers to the birth of gemstones in the first century. Nowadays, necklaces are used for a variety of reasons. Some wear them for religious purposes, as characterized by religious pendants. Others wear them in the name of fashion and art. The bottom line is, anyone can wear a necklace but not too many people know how to make one.
You can easily make necklaces using cheap materials that are readily available at home or the nearest crafts shop.
Things to prepare:
- 3 Different colored nylon strings, with each string in 20”, 22” and 24” lengths, though this may vary depending on collar style (Choker types may have shorter lengths)
- 9 pieces of beads (Optional)
Here are simple steps on how to make a layered-type necklace:
- After determining the collar style, make three lengths of nylon strings with measures of 20”, 22” and 24” each.
- Align and hold the three nylon strings on one end using a crimp. Crimps may come in different styles such as coil, barrel, parrot etc. Attach the crimp to the ends of the nylon strings and pinch it using your pliers.
- Since your nylon strings are already colored, you may opt not to put beads on as well. But in case you want to accentuate your accessory, all you need to do is to slide three beads on one nylon string. You may use your creativity in choosing the bead styles and color. Then place the remaining beads on the other layers.
- Align the other ends of the nylon strings (like on step 1) and tighten the ends using the crimp. It’s that easy!
If you want a braided necklace design, you need to ready these materials:
- 3 Different colored nylon strings in a uniform 22” length
- Using your ruler and scissors, produce three pieces of 22-inch nylon string and pinch the ends using your pliers and crimp.
- You may use a book or something heavy to keep the necklace in place while you are braiding it. You don’t need to use an adhesive tape as the nylon sting, being a polymer with a lightweight property, wouldn’t really move in the process.
- Place the leftmost string over the middle string without overlapping the rightmost string. The left string now becomes the middle string.
- Place the rightmost string over the middle string. Then place the leftmost string over the middle. Repeat the process until you have half an inch of string left.
- Carefully pinch the ends of the braided nylon string using your pliers and crimp.
It is important to note that when you’re braiding your nylon necklace, the end result would be a bit shorter than its original length, so you may want to make an allowance in its length.
It’s not only fun to do, but you also don’t have to worry about having someone at school or the office wearing the same necklace from the mall. This is also a perfect bonding activity for your family or friends, and it is a perfect gift for someone special.