I'm slightly loving all the chevron patterns I've been seeing and wanted to translate the pattern into a necklace. It took me some playing around, but I think I've come up with something I'm happy with.
What you'll need:
Ellongated oval beads - I used 12 - Found here
1 focal piece bead- Found here
Chain 24"- 30"
Eyepins (same amount as beads)
pliers - flat, round and needle nose.
First, set up each of your beads.
Make sure that the eye pin is at least 1/4-1/2" longer than the bead. Put the bead on the eye pin and make a Simple Loop. To open the loop, using needle nose pliers, grasp where the loop opens and move it towards or away from you. Never bend the loop back into the "straight" direction to open it. The metal will become weak and break.
Begin attaching the beads to the chain. First determine how long you want the necklace. If its 18" cut two 9" pieces of chain and line them up next to each other with some space in between. Cut a 3" strand of chain and place it between the 9" ones so they are lined up at the bottom. Attach the eye pin of the first bead to the 9" chain on one side and to the first link of the 3" chain on the other. Now attach the next bead to the 3" chain in the same link as the first bead and the other side to the 9". It should form a line or a v when held up.
Continue working your way down. I used every other chain link when attaching the turquoise because my beads were on the larger side.
When you are finished with adding your beads you should have some chain links hanging down (picture below). Cut the ones on the outside and leave the middle chain longer one chain link longer. Take your large focal bead or pendant and attach it to the middle chain.
Finished product in action!
P.S. Why do my legs look like Gumby's?
AND...I just noticed this little gem on Anthropologie's website...Look familiar?
Anthropologie's Golden Rule Necklace