Halloween is right around the corner, and while I LOVE the DIY Halloween crafts and decor, there’s another part of Halloween that I enjoy even more: DIY Halloween jewelry. I’ve long since outgrown donning a costume for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy getting into the spirit with some spooky accessories. Today I’ll be showing you how to make a skeleton cameo tassel DIY Halloween necklace.
At a glance, this long DIY Halloween necklace has an antique-inspired classic style, but up close, the profile is a spooky skull of a young lady, making it perfect for Halloween – or anytime you want an offbeat or unusual piece of jewelry!
- 5mm Antique Bronze Stamped Chain (30 inches).
- 2mm Antique Bronze Cable Chain (20 inches).
- Steampunk Skeleton Cameo.
- Antique Gold Filigree Bead(s).
- Antique Bronze Jump Rings.
- Antique Bronze Lobster Clasp (optional if you make a long necklace).
- Gold Eye Pin.
- Wire Cutters.
- Chain Nose Pliers.
- Round Nose Pliers.
To begin, cut 8 pieces of 2mm cable chain into 2.5 inch lengths. (If you’re low on chain, you can shorten this length, too – that’s the beauty of DIY jewelry. It’s easy to make the style all your own.)
Next, we will create (an optional) filigree connector. The DIY Halloween necklace will function just fine without the addition of a large bead, but I think it adds a little something extra! To create the connector, thread a filigree bead (or a crystal, or whatever you love the looks of) onto an eye pin. Loop the top part of the pin around a pair of round-nosed pliers, and cut off the excess wire. This will give you a bead with a loop at each end. It’s called a connector because we’ll be using it as the connecting piece between the chain tassel and the cameo pendant. Note: if you don’t have eye pins, you can easily use 18 or 20-gauge brass wire to create your connector instead. You’ll just need to form a loop on both ends if you use a bit of wire.
Using a second jump ring, connect the bead and tassel to the bottom of the cameo pendant. You can see, the back of the cameo has both a loop for a necklace chain, and also a pin on the back – so it can be worn as a pin or a necklace.
I opted to make mine into a necklace, of course (though this would be a really sassy addition to a jacket!) so I used 30 inches of 5mm stamped chain to string it. If you’re making your necklace long like this, you can skip the addition of the clasp, and just slip it over your head. Or, to finish it off, you can also add a lobster clasp and jump ring to each end.
If you enjoyed this DIY Halloween necklace idea, make sure to check out this fun Halloween apothecary pin!
Thanks for joining me for today’s DIY Halloween necklace project, and I’d love you hear if you’re making any spooky accessories this year!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).