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Neck Mess Layered Necklace

About this design:

These necklaces are easy to make & are great for layering together for a statement-making look, or just wearing a couple if you like to keep it simple. I especially love using the paperclip chain for these necklaces- it makes it super easy to hang charms from!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

Assorted styles of chain, small gemstones, seed beads, charms, 24 gauge wire, jump rings, lobster clasps.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
For the first necklace, begin with two 7" pieces of chain. Use a jump ring to attach the carnelian link to the two pieces of chain. Cut the chain about half way up. Make 2 bead links with the carnelian 4mm rounds & attach the links directly to each side of the chain. Finish by attaching a jump ring & lobster clasp to the ends.
Step 2:
Use the wire to make bead links with the gemstones & seed beads. Attach the links throughout your desired lengths of chain (either attach them directly to the chain links or attach with jump rings). These necklaces are 21" & 23" long.
Step 3:
Use jump rings to attach charms to your desired lengths of chain. These necklaces are 16.5" & 21" long.

Buy Products from this Design

Gold (plated) Textured Paperclip Chain

Measurements: 15x5mm links

per foot
Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Small Paperclip Chain

Measurements: 6x1.75mm links

per foot
Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Half Flat Delicate Cable Chain

Measurements: 4x2.5mm links

per foot

↳ Also available as: 25 ft spool

15-16" strand
½ strand (loose)

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Hamilton Gold (plated) Small Paperclip Chain

Measurements: 4x2mm links

per foot
Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Paperclip Chain

Measurements: 11x4mm links

per foot
Antique Brass (plated) Small Paperclip Chain

Measurements: 6x1.75mm links

per foot
Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Small Paperclip Chain

Measurements: 4x2mm links

per foot

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. kye
    kye says:

    Oh this is a great look! Each individual necklace works on it’s own too. So versatile. It would be fun to wear as few or as many as you’d like.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Wowzapalooza! What a super necklace/s. So many combinations for wearing from single strands to numerous combos of various strands.

  3. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    Oh wow !! These are great !! Been eyeing that paperclip chain for a while now

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Great look. Love the paperclip chain and all of the charms.

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    Narcissa M says:

    Elaina, I absolutely adore the exotic, boho and sometimes whimsical style that your designs embody. Thank you for sharing with community; it helps us intuit beautiful accessories.

  6. Elaina W
    Elaina W says:

    Thank you everyone!!

  7. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Elaina, I love what you’ve created with the layered look! So colorful a Neckmess, yet all plays together well!

  8. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Layers of fun & goodness! So versatile and surely a blast to make with endless possibilities. Nice work!

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