From delicate chains to bold pendants and beading, there are many ways to craft a DIY lariat necklace. We create a looped version of this necklace style, but if you're working with a thicker rope chain or pendants, you can go with a classic knotted finish around your torso. Or, for a super on-trend look, add chain and beading to a choker-style necklace. If you're into layering necklaces—as has been popular this season—a simple lariat necklace is the perfect base, whether you're dressing up classic jeans and a tee or adding a little sparkle to a plunging neckline. If you are looking to lengthen your look, this necklace is a great starting point!
Materials: chain, one gold bead, one jump ring, one gold hoop, one head pin, needle-nose pliers, and a wire cutter.
1. Put the headpin through the gold square bead, and push the top of the headpin all the way over, creating a 90 degree angle.
2. Using your pliers, create a loop at the top of the bead. Snip off excess wire.
3. Before you close the loop you created in step 2, slip the last link of the chain onto the wire. Close with pliers.
4. Open the small jump ring, and slide the last link of the opposite end of the chain onto it.
5. Slide the closed gold hoop onto the open jump ring, and close the ring.
6. Lay the DIY lariat necklace in a Z shape on a flat surface.
7. Grab the middle section of chain, and push it through the closed gold hoop. Slide the chain all the way through the loop; the gold bead will catch at the end. The neck allowance will be adjustable; you can slide the DIY lariat necklace over your head—no clasp needed!
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