It is officially my birthday week. Yes, week. I celebrate the entire seven days, which is good since it’s supposed to get up to 70° today and only 34° with a chance of snow on my actual birthday. I am quite excited for the rest of this week–it will be filled with all of my friends, my family, and lots of food. Just about the best combination there is.
I’ve been itching to do another DIY and I finally had a wonderful excuse and opportunity to actually follow through with one this past weekend. For today’s Iowa State Daily, I wrote an article showing how to make an Anthropologie-inspired thread-wrapped affirmation necklace.
Affirmation everything is being seen all over the place this spring, from graphic tees to BCBG’s popular leather cuffs. I pinned this several weeks ago and just had to make it! It was actually not as hard as I was imagining, just a little time-consuming and a bit hand-cramping. I’m happy with the outcome and I plan to make many more!
Let’s get started. Here is what you’ll need:
-1 skein of embroidery thread
-10” 20 gauge wire
-round nosed pliers
-clear nail polish
The first thing you’ll want to do is cut your wire to about 10″ with your pliers. Still using your pliers, curve the end of the wire under on one side, making a small eyelet. Next, tie the embroidery thread up by the eyelet. Triple knot it, cutting off the loose end.
Begin wrapping the thread very tightly around the wire, working your way away from the knot. Make sure to push the thread up, towards the eyelet, as you go to ensure the rows are as close to each other as possible. You will continue this down the length of your wire until there is about a 1/2” of wire remaining. Tie another few knots, cutting off the excess. Take the clear nail polish and dab a little on each knot for extra security. Let dry.
Taking the eyelet end of the wire, position your pliers about one inch from the edge and bend the wire out to the left, making a backwards “L”. Then, take the wire you just bent to the side and loop it over the top, making a forward “L” with a small loop in the corner.
Take your nail polish bottle and wrap the wire around the lid, making an “O”. This is just for a general shape. You can then mold your “O” to be the size you want, at the distance from the “L” that you desire.
After making the “O”, angle the wire upward.
Take the now-vertical wire, near the height of the “O”, and angle it sharply downward, using your pliers to pinch it closer. This is the beginning of your “V”. At the bottom of your “V”, shape the wire back upward, putting your pinky in the bottom curve to base the shape.
At the place you want “V” to end, angle the wire out to the right side at slightly less than a 90° angle. Place your pliers about 1/2” from the end of the “V” and wrap the wire upward, down, and around to create your “E”. Shape the “E” to your liking, angling the tail of it upward. You may have to play around with this a few times to ensure proper spacing and sizing.
At the end of wire you just completed, attach your charm and one end of your chain. Use your pliers to close the wire into an eyelet, just as you did on the opposite end.
Attach the other end of the chain to the eyelet at the top of your “L”. Make sure to close it tightly with the pliers.
Cute, eh? If you want yours to be a shorter chain, then you can cut the length in half and attach metal clasps to each end. My friend Emily also made a necklace and that is the route she took–still very cute! I made a second necklace already and I’ll definitely make more. They’ll be so cute to layer with in the summer!
Good luck crafting and have a wonderful week!
Until next time–