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Recycled Glass Necklace

About this design:

I have been itching to make a summer necklace using the recycled glass. First, I had to decide which colors to use and as usual I was drawn to all the turquoise hues. The use of a couple Desert Gold pieces, leather, and Vintaj chain work really well with this color palette to give it the earthiness I was hoping for.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Select your chain and link up the ends. Lay the chain out to see how you want it to drape. I recommend marking your left and right end link with a twisty tie or a head pin so you don't loose them.
Step 2:
To secure the leather to your necklace, slide 1" of an end through the end chain link. Apply a touch of adhesive to the inside of the leather. Fold leather over onto the other side. Take a 6" length of heavy gauge wire and wrap tightly around the folded leather. I made my wrapping .25" long. Once you have the wrapping complete, snip off the tail of leather. Complete this step on the other end of the leather, attaching to just 1 chain link, rather than the necklace chain.
Step 3:
The clasp ties everything together. I chose a lamp work glass bead, made it into a charm and attached it to the single chain link off the leather cord. For the loop the glass bead is to go through, I made a leather link. Make sure that your glass bead or button can go through the larger loop in the link.
Step 4:
Embellish some links on the chain and the wrapping on the leather link clasp. I used 24 gauge wire and magatama seed beads.
Step 5:
I adorned the necklace with recycled glass. For pieces that have large enough holes, connect them to the necklace chain using extra links of your chain or Vintaj etched jump rings. I added in a few clusters of charms to help fill out the necklace.

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Vintaj Natural Brass Cable Chain

Measurements: 10mm links

per foot

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Ali this is a fantastic design and very creative :D

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    I love it! Great design!

  3. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Gorgeous! A favorite! I want it! :)

  4. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    P.S. ~ Love your necklace display board!

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    Deb Harding says:

    Love it! Beachy with just the right touch of dark to give it weight.

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Very summery indeed. Love it!

  7. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Ali, I love this!!! I am crazy about the recycled glass and this design is fantastic! :)

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Freakin’ awesome!! and I LOVE all your little trinket additions!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  9. chicky zee
    chicky zee says:

    Love it ! Great design.

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Super fun!!! I relly like the addition of the desert gold glass and the champagne pearls. This gives a touch of “sand” to your beachy look.

  11. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Love the design, casual and earthy. I always wondered what to do with those rings, hmmmmm.

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    I like the glass, the chain, the pearls and leather together. As you say, it has a nice, earthy (well, beachy) feel. I was particularly glad to see the lampwork bead as a clasp. Great idea! I have a number of odd beads left over from other pieces–now I know what to do with them!

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    L Glasscock says:

    What size is the lampwork bead you used for the toggle closure? And, where did you ge it?

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love this great summery design!

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    Sassy Bohemian says:

    I can look at a necklace, bracelet, etc & I know you designed & made it. I love everything you do. Our styles are alike.

  16. jade
    jade says:

    Awesome beauty! I love it sooooo much!

  17. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    What a fun look. I have some recycled glass in my “cart.” You have such a gift for design.
    The lampwork bead on the toggle is great!

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    Kirsten says:

    How can you not love this design.I am a little concerned about if the glass breaks in those rings,as you would wear this casually. The beautiful lamp workbead is not listed and it is a important finish that completes the design

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    Kirsten says:

    Post script:
    ah sorry,I found the link in your instructions ,you highlighted the lamp work bead and there are some other choices available

  20. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow Ali I love this!!! all the fun shapes and colors, and like the way you added the seed beads details.

  21. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Not only do I love the necklace, I want that display board!!

  22. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Instant summer! Love it! :D

  23. Ali
    Ali says:

    It looks like the Grace lampwork rondelle I used is now out of stock, it was http://www.limabeads.com/Grace.....4mm-P21221

    I just added to the products list more rondelles that would work instead.

  24. LouKyMom
    LouKyMom says:

    I love this necklace so much that I’ve decided to make my own version of it. Thanks for the idea!!! I just love, love, love this necklace.

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