A couple days ago I talked about using up some of my jewelry making stash. I made a quick and easy bracelet. This time I made a fun shell necklace only using things I already had on hand. Please excuse my almost 50 year old neck. My 2 younger necks (Amanda and Emilee) were busy with other things.

I started out with various chains, jump rings, shell beads, a lobster clasp, and pliers. My chain measurements are: 20″, 18″, 16″ and the extender is 3″.

Open the jump ring and attach all 3 chains (remember twist, do not pull).

On the same jump ring, add the lobster clasp. Then close.

Attach a jump ring to the other end of the chains and add the extender chain, then close.

I added a cute little ball bead to the end of the extender chain (I don’t know the real name of this but you know what I mean) just for fun. And because I have short hair you can see it.

Then I decided on the spacing of the shells by skipping 2 links in the chain.

I started in the center of the necklace and worked out so everything would be even when I finished.

Ta-Da! Another piece of jewelry I didn’t have to spend a dime on. Maybe you have some jewelry making pieces you can get creative with. Or is there a piece of jewelry you’re not crazy about anymore? Take it apart and make something new you’d love to wear. Isn’t it a fun Summer necklace? I have another super simple necklace I’ll be making in a couple days.

I’m linking to these awesome blog parties:
Show and Share Day at Just a Girl
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Look What I Made at Creations by Kara
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage

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Amy August 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

I love the necklace- and your 50 year old neck is darling! ;) Are you coming to the meet up on the 30th?

Billy August 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

You go girl. I made my daughter a messenger bag using only what I had on hand. Thanks for the inspiration!

PS You don’t need neck models … you are beautiful!

Haley August 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

I have to agree with the commenters above: I love the necklace and your neck still looks young.

Rachel @ Lines Across My Face August 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I would love it if you would stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you soon,
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Sofieke August 22, 2011 at 6:11 am


I love the necklace you made! And thanks for the tutorial. I love to make jewelry too. I saw you on the motivate me monday blog party.

Greetings Sofieke
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Jennifer @ PigskinsandPigtails August 23, 2011 at 5:19 am

I love it! Great idea to add the other 2 chains with it. I would have never thought of that.
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Sara August 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

Would LOVE it if you would share this at my brand new turquoise lovin’ linky party!! ;)
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Jordan (Wayward Girls' Crafts) August 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful! I like the different tones and textures in the chains. Thanks for sharing!
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