Friday, 10 June 2011

Tutorial: Trash necklace (part 2)

Following on from part one, this trash necklace tutorial uses leftover fabric and haberdashery to take the design one step further.

This time around I made two necklaces, one using scrap paper rings and one using rings made from toilet roll tubes.

Time needed: 30-90 minutes, depending on materials used

You’ll need:
Scrap paper and/or toilet roll tube rings
Ribbon or cord for necklace
Greek springs with loops (optional)
A clasp (optional)

A selection of:
Leftover fabric
Embroidery thread
Bias binding

1. If you haven’t done so already, make some rings from scrap materials as explained in part one.
2.  Cover the ring frame:

  • For a wool or embroidery thread-wrapped ring, tie the end of a length of wool around the loop (knot on the inside). Wind the wool around the ring and tie off with another knot on the inside once the whole ring is covered.

  •  For fabric, cut into strips first. Seal the edges if you don’t want a frayed look.
  • For flat things such as bias binding, ribbon and strips of fabric, use a dab of glue on the end to secure to the inside of the ring. Then wrap around the ring, sticking down the other end inside the ring (you may have to trim off a little!)
  • To get a more decorative look, glue or tie contrasting trim or thread around the covered rings.

4. Either thread onto a length of ribbon to complete the necklace...

5. Or use thin cord: cut three lengths, longer than you want the necklace to be. Knot the ends to the length you want them and trim all but one of the ends.

6. Attach a greek spring with a loop to each of the longer ends of cord. (I needed to cut the longer piece down a lot more than I showed in the previous picture!) Add a clasp to the end.

7. Thread on your covered rings and go show off your cheaply-made but fresh ‘n’ funky necklace!

Had a nice email just yesterday, the long and the short of it being that my Ancestry of Tibet necklace tutorial has been linked to over at All Free Beaded Jewelry! Yay!

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  1. So cool!! Thanks for leaving the nice comment on my blog. :)

  2. thanks for stopping by my blog!! I am loving the Trash necklace!! Thanks for sharing the Tutorial!

  3. haberdashery - I like it :)

  4. Such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  5. Looking at the final product, I would NEVER in a blue moon have guessed the materials you used! I am so glad I discovered your blog :)


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