DIY: Hardware Store Inspired Necklace

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I was recently in the hardware store last week and stumbled upon these mending plates, while looking for some screws. If you remember anything from last year hardware jewelry was everywhere. You’ve even probably DIY’ed some bracelets yourself with nuts or bolts! Don’t worry your not the only one!  I had some idea what I may be able to do with these mending plates but was unsure how it was going to come together.  This DIY is truly all trial and error and figuring it out as I went along.  Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • 12mm  beads
  • 8mm beads
  • Beading string
  • 10 Mending Plates ( you can find these at your hardware store)
  • A large circular ring or large jump ring
  • Large clasp

DSCN35831.  Cut a long piece of string. If you look at your mending plates they have two holes one located at the top and bottom. Start by stringing one of your 12mm beads followed by a mending plate.  String two more beads, mending plate, two beads, mending plate etc.. When you string your last plate only add 1 bead after the plate.

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This is what it should look like when you’ve finished. This piece is the bottom half of your necklace.

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Knot on both sides. Tie a couple of knots to secure and add some super glue on and around your knots.

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Cut another piece of string. Now we need to start the top half of your necklace. String a 12 mm bead then pull your string through the top hole in your mending plate. String another bead followed by a plate. Keep stringing in a 1 bead, plate, 1 bead, plate, pattern. Keep up this pattern until you have reached your last plate.

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Now your necklace should look like the one pictured above.

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Now let’s begin stringing the beads that will go around your neck. String 13 of your 8mm beads on both sides.

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If you want more length add more beads to lengthen.

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Tie and knot your ring and clasp to your ends.

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Cut all your strings.  Don’t forget to add super glue on and around your knots!

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Viola!!!  I think I will make another one I want to try it using two different color beads!

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