Sunday, March 22, 2015

Watch Link Necklace DIY

Elegant, modern, and earth conscious:
Win*win*win!

In February, my fabulous Aunt Jennifer sent me a package full of bits and bobbles to play and create with.  As you have probably gathered from reading this blog, re-purposing is my favorite form of creating. Not only does re-purposed jewelry have a one-of-a-kind handcrafted feel, but it's also a form of recycling.  Everything you re-purpose is exclusively your creation, with a history, a special back story, and a charm that only you can infuse.
The delicate silk envelope arrived containing enough treasure to make dozens of lovely little accessories, but I chose to stick with one project each month.  
In February, I used a few of these goodies to craft a Raw Crystal Necklace.
March's DIY is a modern geometric necklace made from a discarded watch link.
You will need:
- watch link
- coordinating chain with clasp
- 2 metal eye pins
- super glue or E-6000 glue
- pliers
- wire clippers

As you pull these unneeded watch links out of hiding from junk drawers or jewelry boxes, consider for a moment how much money you paid for that pretty watch.  
Doesn't it feel good to know that this little piece has a purpose too?
It's like we're using every part of the buffalo here.  
Use the pliers to bend the loop forming a 90 degree angle to your pin.  
It should look like the center pin in the picture below.
Snip away the excess length, leaving about an eighth of the pin attached to the loop.
Connect the ends of your chain to the pins.

Watch links have holes on either side.
Add a dab of glue to the pins and push them into the link.  
Hold tightly for a moment as the glue hardens.
When the glue is dry, try on your new geometric necklace!
Layer it with other interesting jewelry or wear it alone for a sleek, simple look.



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