This DIY designer-inspired statement necklace is affordable and easy to make and will keep you glittering for the rest of the winter! You can adapt the design to make use of whatever rhinestones you have.
Supplies needed to make your own rhinestone statement necklace:
- Jewelry Wire
- Rhinestone Slider Beads in a variety of shapes and sizes. Use a limited color palette (such as blues and greens) to keep the necklace from looking gaudy. I used the following:
- 1 Sheet Plastic Canvas (10 mesh) in a color matching your stone settings (I used black)
- Plastic Canvas Yarn
- Chunky Chain (I used a triple jump ring chain)
- Matching Extender Chain (optional)
- Matching Lobster Claw Clasp
- E-6000 Adhesive
- 4 Small Jump Rings and 1 Large Jump Ring
Step 1. The slider beads have two sets of holes in the back which allow you to string them together using jewelry wire. Use two strands of wire for each set of beads.
Step 2. After you position the rhinestone strands according to how you want your statement necklace to look, twist the ends of the wire together. Then cut to about a half inch and bend the ends behind the beads.
Use a few pieces of jewelry wire to loosely wire each strand to the mat at the center point of each strand. This is to temporarily hold the beads in place. You will later remove this wire for your finished statement necklace.
Position the top strand of beads (the square beads) to have an even curve. Wire the ends of the bead strand in place.
Step 4. At this point, the simplest way to attach the beads to the mesh is with jewelry glue. (See Step 7 before gluing. Don’t glue down the mesh where you will be attaching your chain until after the chain is on.) However, if you would like a less permanent option, you can also stitch the bead strands to the mesh.
Step 6. After the beads are firmly attached to the mat, you can remove the wire used to position the the beads. Then cut around the plastic mesh. I cut roughly with scissors and then more closely to the beads using small wire cutters. (You can also use fingernail clippers.) If you have glued the beads to the mesh, you can cut very close. If your beads are sewn on, cut more cautiously so you don’t sever any thread.
Step 7. Divide your chain into two equal lengths. Double each piece of the chain over and attach the chain ends to the mesh. Use small jump rings if the chain is too bulky to attach directly to the mesh. Glue around the statement necklace mesh where the chain is attached if needed.