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DIY: Knotted Chain Spike Necklace

This necklace project is the perfect excuse to use up leftover chain and frolic around Brooklyn parks in a tutu…right? Right. 😉

– Strands of chain…lots of it! *
– 10-12mm Jump Rings (2)
– Jewelry Clasp
– 3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers
– Spike Charms (3)
– 8mm Jump Rings (3)
* For a dynamic look, opt for chains in different styles and finishes. Each strand should be about 27-30 inches (69-76 centimeters). Don’t forget that you can always attach shorter strands of chain together to really use up any remnant. Just connect them with small jump rings!
1) If you haven’t already, trim your chain strands to about 27-30 inches (69-76 centimeters) each. It may seem long now, but keep in mind that the chain will be knotted three times. You can always trim it even further, if necessary.
2) When placed next to each other, my strands of chain measured roughly 3/4 of an inch (1.9 centimeters) wide. Feel free to use this measurement to achieve a finished product similar to mine. You can obviously use more or less if you’d like.
3) Carefully take the strands and tie the first – and center – knot. This might take a few tries! The trick is to moving the chain bit by bit. I find that once I bring the chain around itself and insert it through the loop, moving the actual knot-to-be is more efficient.
4) Tie another knot to the right of the center knot.
5) Tie one more on the left side. This might also take a few tries to ensure that it is somewhat even in spacing.
6) Using jewelry pliers and a jump ring, attach a spike to each knot.
7) At one end, trim the chains so that they are even (or at least close to it).
8) Attach all of the chains to one large jump ring.
9) Trim the ends of the other side, and attach a jump ring and a jewelry clasp.


Here, I paired the necklace with an all-black ensemble. Love the way the mixed metals look together.


Haruka and I had a blast shooting in Prospect Park. Of course, we had to take some just-for-fun shots…I mean, how often does a non-ballerina get to prance around in a tutu? In public, no less.


 xx K
Tutorial Images: Kirsten Nunez