Saturday, February 2, 2013

Crystal Heart Lace Chokers for My Valentines DIY

I went shopping at a bead shop last week with a coupon- buy one get one free.  If only I didn't know I could get unlimited amounts of strands with this deal I wouldn't have bought so many.  Oh, well.  My little girl was with me and was so very patient that I let her pick out a strand of the most beautiful ones (she liked).  She chose some lavender cut glass hearts.  And so I made a Valentine's Day necklace for each of my girls.  Here are some instructions:

-Double loop jump ring(prevents catching on ribbon)
-20 gauge wire (about 2 inches)
-3/4 inch bead heart
-braided cord clasp
-12 inches ribbon/lace
-round nose pliers
-needle nose pliers
-jewelry glue
Insert wire.  Bend the wire with round nose pliers like the pictures illustrate.
Bend the bottom of the wire into a small loop, trimming excess wire.
Cut the ribbon 12 inches to make a short necklace/choker.  Melt the edges of the ribbon with a match to prevent fraying.
Here are the instructions for clasps used for fabric or braided material.
 Fold a couple small folds into the ribbon.  For the lace, I tied a knot in the end for more grip.  I put a couple small drops of glue inside the clasps, one in the upper, one in the lower parts of the clasp.  Use needle nosed pliers to fold them closed securely.  These felt pretty tight and secure.
I did replace the jump rings with my own to make sure the metal was strong enough.  This is a Jump Ring Opener.  It was only $2 at Hobby Lobby.  It is one of the best tools for the money!  It's awesome.  I highly recommend getting one of these if you use a lot of jump rings.
I made one extra and put it up for sale in my etsy shop.


  1. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work chokers