Monday, July 17, 2017

Maker's Monday: Creepy Message Necklace

I'm trying to get back into the blogging groove and decided to start out with a Maker's Monday. Over the weekend, I had a serious case of Halloween Fever and ended up making a few easy to assemble necklaces. I also started two necklaces that will be featured in this week's WIP Wednesday. Let's get to it!

1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typed Token Halloween
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tag
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ball Chain
2 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jump Rings (any color, one large, one small)
1 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Swivel Clasp

I like to mix metals in projects

Jeweler's pliers (one or two pairs, depending on your preference)


1.  Open your large jump ring by clasping it in the pliers with one hand and holding it firmly between your thumb and index finger of your other hand (or another pair of pliers). Gently twist the pliers away from you and the jump ring should open. Slide it onto the hole of the large Philosophy Tag. These are a "harder" jump ring so I used two pairs of pliers to open and close them so I didn't ruin my fingernails. Close it using the opposite twisting motion and make sure it is completely closed. Repeat for the Typed Token.
These tokens and tags are fun because you can mix and match colors and come up with eerie messages

2.  The Swivel Clasp comes with a short length of chain attached to it. I opened the jump ring attached to the clasp, removed the chain, and then closed the jump ring. Open your Swivel Clasp and add the Philosophy Tag and Typed Token. Close the clasp.
You could add beads or more tokens, but for me, less is more

3.  Unhook the ball chain and slide the chain through the Swivel Clasp's jump ring. Hook the ball chain closed

A fun necklace to inspire fright!

I love longer necklaces but if you prefer shorter, the ball chain can be trimmed using wire cutters (for jewelry), nail clippers, or even scissors. I had fun creating creepy messages and will have a few of these necklaces posted in the shop very soon.

 Have you been thinking about Halloween too? I'd love to hear what's up your sleeve for this year!

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