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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

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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.

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  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

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    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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