DIY: Neons: Adjustable Chain Necklace

There are a variety of simple ways to make your outfit stand out by accessories alone! Especially, when you have loose chain and gradated thread within reach. Today's DIY is inspired by my appreciation for [neon] colours. Yes, that's it! 
Neon DIY Fashion
Remember this fun colourful thread that I used for my spool earrings? I had a small amount left over and decided that it was the perfect moment to create a necklace. Since then, I've been working on other projects for a couple of my friends (may show at later date), and I wanted to add a few chain styled pieces in my accessories trunk. I was struck by this thread because of its intense and gradual colour change. 


Here's the quick and fab how-to!


Materials:
Linking flat chain
Solid colour thread-thick (length of chain + /8"
Scissors
Cord ends or metal tab ends (2)
Needle-nose pliers
DIY Tutorial Chain necklace


I took flat chain and cut it to my preferred length (you may use a measuring tape to see where you want your necklace to drop). Then, with the coloured thread I started to insert thread in every two chain links ... over and under the chain, weaving the the thread through the chain (see images).  Next, two knots were made on each end of the chain to secure the thread.  You should use thicker thread than your chain width ... depending on your chain width.
To make the adjustable loops/straps I tied a double knot at one chain end (side A) first, allowing the loop end to be extended on the thread's outside edge. Then, on the opposite chain end (side B), I interlocked its thread end with the extended loop of side A, creating another double knot with an extended loop. 


To check your straps, you should now be able to pull on both sides to make the necklace tighter or looser. Pull each chain end tightly on the double knots to secure. Use scissors to cut excess from loop ends, but leaving at least .25" on the ends to add cord ends/tabs to finish the edges. Use pliers to attach metal tabs. Secure each tab closed and you're finished!

*More DIYs coming up for you soon.

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45 comments

  1. Wow honey you are so creative! I love this necklace and the colours it has! :) 

    Take care,Daniella xox

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  2. Love this, thanks for showing us, Im def making one for myself:)

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  3. This is a really cute DIY!  I may tackle it with my sister when I am in Atlanta over the next few weeks!

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  4. this is so much fun! you could make bracelets too, and stack them in different colors!

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  5. sartorialsidelines01 May, 2012

    This is such a cool idea - love the look of it!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  6. Definitely! I've done the bracelets so a necklace was needed as well.. 

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  7. that is so cute! cool DIY dear! love it!

    Babi

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  8. somekindofstyle01 May, 2012

    always love a fashionable DIY.. amazing! xo

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  9. love this necklace!  what a great idea.  the colors make it so fun!

    Claire
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  10. francesca romana capizzi01 May, 2012

    ooooh this is so useful! I love this DY!!




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  11. Wow, this is a neat idea. Accessories really do make an outfit. 

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  12. Joanna Gwizdała01 May, 2012

    Great. Love this rainbow string.
    I just today did my DIY necklace,
    Check it out! http://niebieskookagigi.blogspot.com/

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  13. Always sooooooooooo clever.
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  14. Very cool DIY - I love how the neon pops but is subtle at the same time!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  15. NICE POST... UR diyS ARE GREAT!!
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  16. Very cute Madison! I love the multi-color neon thread!

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  17. Simple yet very effective. Xxxx

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  18. Styleshewrote02 May, 2012

    A great take on the neon trend! Thanks for sharing this DIY. xo style, she wrote

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  19. This necklace is so cute! And I'm loving how colorful it is too! 

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  20. that's a great way to brighten up a chain and make it look fabulous! The neon thread definitely adds pizzaz!

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  21. So lovely!

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  22. Love this DIY - the necklace is SO fun!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  23. Ooh, I so love this DIY! I am digging neon necklaces right now, so this is perfection!  :)

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  24. Christel02 May, 2012

    Beautiful ! I love the contrast of the chain and the neon thread, brilliant !!
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  25. Simplicityischic02 May, 2012

    Really nice!

    Kisses, Em**


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  26. GlamKitten8802 May, 2012

    I love the fun, bright colors.  Right up my alley!



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  27. Oh to Be a Muse02 May, 2012

    Wow, that's so easy to make. And it really turns a regular silver chain into a very springy necklace! Love the tutorial.

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  28. Me too! Thank you for your sweet comment Erika! 

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  29. Thank you Rocquelle. Yes, it works best with gradated thread. 

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  30. Another fantastic DIY. LOVE the colors!

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  31. THis is cool! Very neat idea. 

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  32. You are most welcome. I enjoyed it immensely. -xx

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  33. I love neon colours too. This is a fantanstic DIY.

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  34. OMG super cute and fun!! It's been awhile since my last DIY.

    xoxo

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  35. Now that's a fun and EASY DIY! 

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  36. Thank you Dvora! -xo Have a joyous weekend. 

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  37. Absolutely! I love bits of pizazz in an outfit. Thanks Mongs! x

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  38. Great article! Well-written and nicely presented.
     

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  39. I am really  struck by this thread because of its intense and gradual colour change. 

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