I love the idea of creating something with my own hands that is original and personal, be it cakes or cushions, there’s nothing more rewarding than designing and making something you’re proud of. From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by everything artistic and have tried my hand at many a creative past time! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that I’ve ended up in a job that has creativity written all over it, literally… my full time job is working as Deputy Editor of Creativity magazine, the UK’s best-selling craft magazine. The main part of my job role is to come up with inspiring content to fill each issue and commission talented designers to turn the ideas to life. The magazine is made up of how-to-make projects from cake making to home decor ideas.
Each issue we include a jewellery making project and in the latest mag to hit the newsstand we featured a statement necklace that got me inspired to make one of my own! Jewellery making is one of the only crafts I haven’t tried and the idea of making something I could wear afterwards made me eager to give it a go. I’m a big fan of statement necklaces, I just love the way they dress up a simple outfit and this one is an adaption of the one featured in Creativity.
As a beginner with very little jewellery making knowledge, this necklace was perfect for my first attempt – the whole thing is basically weaved together with cord. The main body of the necklace is made up of four rows of two different types of curb chain and I wrapped three different types of leather cord in and out of the chain links to bind them together in both a criss cross and basic looping action. I also braided a length of grey stone diamante in to add a bit of sparkle! At the bottom of the necklace I added some beaded drops, you can find out how to make these here, they are really simple to do and you can pick whatever beads you fancy. I attached these to the last row of chain using jump rings. Finally, I attached chain to either side of the necklace by opening and closing the end links and added a clasp at the back to close.
All the bits I used to make this necklace are from docrafts and you can pick them up from most good craft supply stores. To see the original necklace and full details of how to make a braided necklace, pick up March’s issue of Creativity magazine from larger supermarkets, WHSmith or your local craft store. It may look complicated but it’s actually really simple. I challenge you to have a go at jewellery making yourself!