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Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 26th 2011  |  1 Comment
happy monday everyone! i thought we’d start the week off with this rockin tutorial for my zipper necklace. hope you enjoy! you can do so many different things with this…. i can’t wait to see what your versions :)
*this tutorial is for PERSONAL USE ONLY*
  • 20″ separating metal zipper
  • hole punch
  • eyelet setter
  • eyelets (i used 3/16″)
  • jump rings (big ones, sorry, i don’t know what size I used)
  • needle nosed pliers (thanks Davis! your manly pliers did a great job on my girly project)
  • two big lobster clasps (not the ginormous ones, but bigger than average)
  • two 3 point connectors
  • beads, chains, pearls, etc
First, punch a hole on one side of the zipper about 1/4″ from the edge.
Set an eyelet in the hole.
Repeat 3 times on each side on both ends of the zipper.
Next, attach two sides of the 3 point connector using jump rings and pliers. (use your pliers to open the jump ring, hook the connector loop, then pinch jump ring shut)
Next, attach a lobster clasp on the 3rd point of the connector using another jump ring.
Repeat on the other side. You’ve just completed the zipper part of your fabulous new zipper necklace! (easy huh!)
Now find some pretty beads, chains, etc to go with different outfits. All you need to do is make sure you have a jump ring or a ring on each end of your string of beads/chains to hook your lobster clasps too. Then when you want a different color, it takes like 2 seconds to change out the beads by just unclipping the lobster clasps. Pretty sweet, huh?
and here it is with the teal beads I was telling you about. Changes the look com.ple.tely. Now I’m looking for about 5 strands of small beads to put with this necklace.