Necklaces, necklaces, necklaces… oh how I love mine. The bigger, the brighter, the bolder, the better. I’m always on the hunt for new ones. During a routine inspiration trip to the hardware store (yes, the hardware store,) I was struck by how pretty these little red valve handles were… and how they had a bit of a nautical (sterring wheel, anyone?) feel to them. I picked up a handful of them – all I could think about was how fun they would be as a necklace.
The little knobs are just over $2.00 a piece… (and also available in stainless steel and brass finishes.) I really adore how the final product looks!
What you will need:
- 5 Red Valve Handles (Home Depot has several varieties and carries the red in store.)
- 14″ Gold Chain
- 12 Large 15mm Jump Rings
- Flat Nose Pliers
Start by laying out your little wheels, and figuring out what you want your pattern to be. To properly attach your wheels, you will need to ensure that you can link your design together via the thinner parts of the wheel. Get creative! I went with a bib type of pattern, but you could string a strand of wheels (vertical or horizontal,) come up with a more circular design, and use fewer pieces for something more simple. (I wouldn’t recommend using more than 5 wheels, as they do get heavy.)
To begin, use your pliers to open up a jump ring and thread on one of your wheels.
Thread on an additional wheel, and use your pliers to close the jump ring.
Your two wheels will now look like the below.
Continue the process, hooking your wheels together using the jump rings. Use two jump rings each time, for extra reinforcement.
Before you know it, you’ll be done.
Use an additional jump ring to secure your chain to the top of your newly formed bib.
Finish things of by attaching a clasp…
And you are done! The results are very Kate Spade, if I do say so, myself.
For extra credit, wear with stripes.