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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

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    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

Spiked Necklace Combo

About this design:

As soon as I started checking out the spikes, I was hooked. It is so hard to choose just one color, so when I decided to make a necklace using them I knew I was in trouble :-)
The concept for this piece came from the thorny tangled thickets in the woods that I am constantly trying to keep the kids out of. The combination of metals and metallic chain makes it easy to wear with anything. I added a bit of leather to soften the look. These 2 necklaces can be worn independently or together.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 4 7x17mm Czech glass spikes
  • 15 4.5x8mm Czech glass spikes
  • 5' 24 gauge Artistic or Craft Wire
  • 2' length and 1' length of 22 gauge Artistic or Craft Wire
  • 24" length of chain
  • 18" length of chain
  • 4 oval jump rings is colors to match chains chosen
  • 2 larger jump rings for hooking to clasp
  • 2 lobster clasps in matching metals to chain chosen
  • 6" length and 8" length of suede lace
  • long brass tube bead

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Choose the supplies and spikes you would like to use in your design.
Step 2:
Take your 5' length of Artistic wire (if this is too much for you to work with all at once, split it into 2 lengths) and wrap around the African brass tube several times. String your spikes onto the wire.
Step 3:
Begin wrapping the spikes tightly around the tube in pairs or as singles.
Step 4:
String your 2' length of 22 gauge wire through the 7x17mm spike. Double the wire over and twist up at the head of the spike. String the wire through the bottom of the tube.
Step 5:
Once you have pulled the wire ends through the tube, form a messy wire wrapped loop.
Step 6:
String the suede lace through the loop and knot to the center of the necklace chain.
Step 7:
To attach the clasp, use an oval jump ring. String the jump ring through the end 2 links, hook on the clasp and close the jump ring. On the opposing side, string on another oval jump ring through the end 2 links, then attach an 8mm (or so) jump ring the to oval jump ring.
Step 8:
For the shorter necklace, start by making a wire wrapped bead link using the 3 remaining 7x17mm spikes. Make sure the loops are large enough for leather to string through. Bend the ends up slightly.
Step 9:
String the leather around the the first loop a couple of times, then pull across the spikes and string through the second loop a couple of times. There should be at least a couple inches of suede lace tailing off of each loop. String the chain through the same 2 loops, pulling until both sides are even.
Step 10:
Attach the clasp just as in step 7.

Buy Products from this Design

Camel Suede Leather Lace 3mm
per foot: $0.70
Antique Brass (plated) Woven Curb Chain

Measurements: 4mm links

per foot: $3.07

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Very cool use of the spikes Ali! Great design!

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic design Ali :D

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Its very cool Ali. Very punkish and metalhead looking but not so much that a suburban Mom wouldn’t wear it. Hmmmm…how would it look in all black?

  4. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    Love this Ali! Into faves!

  5. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I am liking this very much!

  6. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! I’m excited to try more techniques with the spikes :-)

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