I am pretty excited about sharing these chandelier crystal necklaces with you today! This is a project I’ve had in mind for a while now, and I finally got around to creating them. And I am SO glad I did, because I think they’re gorgeous!
One of my favorite things to to browse booths and tents at indie craft fairs and fleas admiring unique pieces of jewelry. One of my favorite purchases a few years ago was a pendant necklace made from an old crystal and a bullet casing. That may sound strange, but I love the juxtaposition of the crystal and metal, plus I get a kick out of jewelry made from “found” items like that. So when I received a bag full of chandelier crystals for last Fall’s Swap It Like It’s Hot challenge, I knew they were destined to be turned into jewelry.
Can you believe this is my first jewelry project? Me either!! I’ve always thought I would love making my own jewelry (I was right!), but I’ve always felt a little intimidated by it. I think I didn’t want to invest in a lot of materials and tools and then hate it. These necklaces were very simple to create, and I think there will definitely be other jewelry projects in my future!
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How to make chandelier crystal necklaces:
1.) Cut the suede cord to your preferred length. Use one of your favorite necklaces as a guide. Mine measure between 28″ and 33″, but you could go shorter if that’s what you prefer.
2.) Add a jump ring to your crystals. Mine still had original wire loops and I was able to thread a jump ring through these. Thread the suede cord through the jump ring on the crystal.
3.) Fold the cord caps around each end of the cording, add a jump ring to both ends and a lobster clasp to one side. And that’s it!
You can personalize your crystal necklaces by adding additional beads and charms, or even by knotting the cord to give it a different look. Have fun with it!
I’ve been hoarding a few pieces of hardware that I had to remove from the old steamer trunk I redid a while back and decided to use that for one of my necklaces. Rusty hardware and chandelier crystals never looked so good together!
Now that you’ve got a trove of beautiful new vintage crystal necklaces, be sure to check out my magnetic jewelry organizer here for a way to organize and display your necklaces!