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How to Make Necklaces: 10 Easy Tutorials

Updated on January 2, 2013
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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This article is for any novice searching for a necklace project that isn't too intimidating, an experienced jewelry artist interested in a quick project, and everyone in between. All of the tutorials here are for simple, easy necklaces that will come together in only a few hours or less. Almost all of the materials that you'll need for these projects are available at most craft stores.

Please note that all of these tutorials are for personal use only unless it is indicated otherwise. If you are interested in selling your necklaces, please contact the artists directly. Thank you and happy crafting!

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Birds Eye Necklaces

Even if you do not have much experience with wire wrapping, don't go running from this project. The design is very simple and forgiving, and you can use just about any type of craft wire that you have on hand for it. Authentic or glass pearls make beautiful "eggs." You can also use any type of bead that has holes large enough to accommodate the wire.

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Glass Tile Necklaces

I used these tutorials to make the glass necklace that I featured at the top of this article. I have not found a lot of glass tiles in craft stores, but they are readily available in all shapes and sizes online. If you get hooked on making these glass tiles but only need so many necklaces, you can also use them for magnets, thumb tacks, brooches, and more.

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Shrinky Dinks Cloud Necklaces

Jenny has some of the most creative ideas for Shrinky Dinks that I've ever seen. I attended undergrad at a university with a meteorology department. I had to smile when I first saw this because I know a lot of people who would really love this idea. Whether you are a weather nut or you're like me and simply enjoy clouds and rain, this is a perfect project for you.

DIY: Shrinky Dinks

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I used a magazine page.  Old book pages work well, too.
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Glass Bottle Necklaces

These necklaces are very popular right now and can be as simple or complex as you like. The possibilities are endless. I've included just a few ideas for inspiration here. Search Etsy and/or Pinterest for many more options. I've purchased glass bottles and corks on Etsy and 15/32" screw eyes from a hardware store. Bottles and corks are also available on eBay. Some people choose to use eye pins instead of screw eyes.

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Washer Pendants

I have written about these pendants before, but I have to include them again here because they are so neat. Washers of all different sizes are available at any hardware store and will be completely transformed by patterned paper. I love to add a little extra detail to my pendants with self adhesive rhinestones. Many people use a waxed cord or hemp to create necklaces from their pendants. You can also make a beaded rope.

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Mini Books Tutorial

Tiny Leather Book Necklaces

There are several variations of this idea out there. Some people attach a jump ring or other wire loop to the corner of a book. Other people stack several books and pierce the center of them with an eye pin. There are also several different options for materials. Leather is a classic choice, but paper can work well, too. Alternatively, if you don't want to make the books yourself, keep your eye out for miniature dollhouse books.

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Pencil Necklaces

How clever is this necklace? This project involves precision cutting and drilling with a miter box and power drill. I don't recommend purchasing these tools purely so you can complete this project, but if you have them on hand, go for it. This necklace is perfect for writers, teachers, and artists.

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Faux Feathers Necklaces

There is absolutely nothing wrong with using real feathers to make a necklace. However, sometimes this simply isn't an option, due to lack of materials, or just isn't something that you're interested in doing. Alisa makes her faux feathers out of leather. As always, she puts together great details about her painting job as well as the other steps that she took to make this necklace.

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Cluster Pearl Necklaces

Don't let this project intimidate you. It does involve wire wrapping, but it is a basic technique that you'll repeat over and over again. You can use any kind of pearl with the ribbon of your choice to create an elegant, one of a kind piece.

Basic Beading Lesson: Wire Wrapping

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Recycled Leather Necklaces

This necklace is a great way to use up leftover leather scraps and those few odds and ends beads from other projects. The sewing does not need to be perfect. Freeform stitches will give it a whimsical, carefree charm.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      These are great projects, as usual from you, but I absolutely cannot look at them until I get some already planned projects out of the way.

      Sigh.

      Okay, I'm going to look, but j-u-s-t look.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I liked the washer necklace and glass tile necklaces the best. The washers because it seems you can make them look like just about anything - as long as its round and the tiles because of the variety. Up and shared.

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      Wilbart26 5 years ago

      This hub will help me for sure, I am looking for new business to start with. My current business is kinda like going down and I am very eager to explore other things to earn money for my family, whatever it takes me.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      RTalloni, I know how that goes! It's good not to put too many projects on your plate at once.

      Angelo, you are definitely right about washers. There are so many unique ways to transform them.

      Wilbart, I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Best of luck!

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Well Illustrated hub. Need to be recirculated... Sharing it and worth it...

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      Usually when I see a list of crafts, I like one. Or two. But, I really like a lot of this list. I will be bookmarking it for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Leann! That's great!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      My son saw the pencil necklace and said, "WOW - cool!" We have the tools... now to see if we can actually make one!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome! Good luck with it. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I used to make beaded necklaces. I like the glass tile necklaces and am bookmarking this article for a project. Thanks for the great resources!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Christy!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Rose,

      Great hub! I love doing necklaces. I think my favorite is the washer pendants.. so cute! I have made a few before. It's surprising how easy they are to make. I love the glass tile pendants, too :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Jamie! I can't believe how easy washer necklaces are either. I have only just started to experiment with that technique, but I will definitely be making more of them.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, I absolutely LOVE these- especially the cloud one! What beautiful necklaces! Here's hoping more people start wearing jewelry that's this cute and playful. What fun!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Yes, I hope so!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Wow, what excellent photos! I have just recently started making some jewelry (thanks to my mom) and the kids LOVE wearing what I make :) Great hub! Voted up and shared.

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      Joy M 5 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      Lots of fun ideas. I'll have to try a few. I havn't broken out the beads since the girls were small. (I had put them up as sollowing hazards.) Looking foward to starting again. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Cassy, that's awesome! Have fun with your jewelry. :)

      Joy, enjoy breaking out your beads again. :)

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      Dr Funom Makama 5 years ago from Europe

      This is great... Thanks for the share

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      Motherbynature 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I just found something to work on with my daughter this summer. Thank you. Great hub and beautiful pictures.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Motherbynature! Thanks. Have fun creating with your daughter this summer. :)

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      How-to-crafts 5 years ago from Ireland

      I am thinking of making necklaces too and this article is very informative. I like the washer necklaces, they look good and are not too hard to do.

      Thanks for this excellent article, it has certainly given me some ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, How-to-crafts! I'm so glad that this is helpful for you. You're right about the washer necklaces. They are not difficult and can be really beautiful.

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      patti parks 4 years ago

      i am trying to find out what kind of hardware is used on the ends of wine cork necklaces and the only hardware information i get is to use a 15/32 eye screw can anyone help me my e-mail is parkspa@centurylink.net, thank you patti

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