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Hibiscus Bib

About this design:

I have been wanting to try this type of necklace for a while now - linking together components to form a bib. The trickiest part of this necklace was laying it out and not losing my place every time I picked it up to attach jump rings. In addition to my usual step by step instructions, I have a printable pattern for you to work from or add to :) If this project inspires you to try this technique with other components, I highly recommend laying out your pattern and taking a picture. You can either print out your pic or refer to it on your screen.

Try adding more rows or columns, maybe even embellish along the bottom!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 51 4mm jump rings
  • 18 (or more) open hibiscus focals
  • 14" of cable chain
  • lobster clasp
  • bent nose & chain nose pliers

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your design and open all of your jump rings.
Step 2:
Take a picture of your design or if you are using the pattern, print it out. This will help you keep our place when linking together the focals with jump rings.
Step 3:
Each time after adding a jump ring, I recommend laying down your design. This seems tedious, I know, but it will save you from having to fix mistakes later.
Step 4:
Take a 7" length of chain, using one of the chain links like a jump ring, attach the chain to the top petal of the outermost top hibiscus. Repeat this for the other side of the necklace.
Step 5:
Attach the lobster clasp to the chain on your dominant hand's side using one of the chain links like a jump ring. If you have used a cable chain with large enough links, you can secure your necklace without having to add an additional jump ring.

Buy Products from this Design

Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Oval Cable Chain

Measurements: 6x5mm links

per foot: $1.45

Also available: 25 ft spool

Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Flat Cable Chain

Measurements: 5x4.5mm links

per foot: $2.11
Antique Gold (plated) Flat Oval Cable Chain

Measurements: 6x5mm links

per foot: $1.55

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. kye
    kye says:

    Wow! This is so cool. At first I thought it was chainmaille with colored jump rings. Very interesting and creative :)

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    This is a great design. I love the photo of the necklace on–it lays great and has that ‘WOW-factor’ feature going on. Thanks for the tips–the picture idea is a very helpful one.

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is gorgeous Ali! I like bib necklaces. I had a beautiful silver one that I wore everywhere until it’s protective coating started wearing off. It disappointed me so much. Now I have a new option.

  4. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    Really pretty! I like that it’s easy in that there aren’t many components but the tips will be very helpful. If that is you wearing it, may I say you have a beautiful décolleté

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    Poms Forever aka Donna says:

    Thanks LB and Ali. WE have all wanted a bib necklace!
    I am going to keep this one for myself. Love it!

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    So simple and so stunning, your designs are always inspiring :D

  7. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    This is very pretty! Thank you for sharing your design and directions! :D

  8. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Was never a fan of bibs, but this is a stunner!! Awesome design ;)

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    D Shove says:

    I love this design! So delicate and pretty.

  10. Day of the Bead
    Day of the Bead says:

    This is Beautiful! I really want to try this, because you’ve inspired me :)

  11. Silver Penny Artisans
    Silver Penny Artisans says:

    This is stunning! What did you use to patina the component?

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    Y Kirkland says:

    This is very nice. I am going to make this one for myself.

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    Z bradley says:

    Looks lovely, can’t wait to try. Thank you for such a beautiful necklace.

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