Coachella DIY: Dreamcatcher Choker Necklace
Awhile back when I infatuated with choker necklaces, I stumbled across this one on Pinterest. The first thing that came to mind when I saw it....Coachella. Good ol' Indio, California. Sunshine, beautiful weather, and that breeze. *whew*
This necklace was not as easy as I thought it would be. Once I dug in, I did get a better grasp on a direction of how to attack it. So don't turn back on this one in fear of it being a lost cause. I'd rate it as: worth it. Although, there was no turning back for me since I envisioned it would go perfectly with this dress from Forever 21 that my friend gave me.
It went together like peanut butter and jelly.
- Beads: the ones I used are by Bead Treasures from Hobby Lobby, 6/0 Glass Seed Beads in Sapphire and Black Opaque.
- Dreamcatcher Pendant: found some at Hobby Lobby, but you can also check eBay and Etsy.
- Tail Chain: by the Jewelry Shoppe, a 3.5 inch (89mm) extender chain to give sizing room for a perfect fit. All of the necklace hardware was purchased at Hobby Lobby, minus my tools.
- Lobster Clasp: by the Jewelry Shoppe, 12mm lobster clasp with eyelet. I didn't use the eyelet since the closure hole was too small, which makes it harder to put on the necklace.
- Bead Tip Cover: by the Jewelry Shoppe, 9mm Large Bead Tip. Be mindful, some bead tips don't come with hooks like you see above. Make you get the ones that have hooks on them.
- Jump Ring: 4x5mm Oval Jump Ring. Doesn't matter which shape you get, just make sure you have enough space to fit two cover hooks.
- Pliers: mainly used to open the jump rings and seal the bead covers, so make sure you get some that are used for general handling and not cutting. The two above came with a kit that I got from here.
- Bead & Jewelry Cord: .7mm/.028in. invisible cord by Stretch Magic.
Step 1: Grab the beading cord, a choker or necklace that fits you nicely (or a measuring tape). Since the pendant is in the middle, you’ll measure half of your neck for one piece of the cord. Once you got that sizing figured out, cut four pieces of beading cord twice that length. This will allow room to bead and tie out the knots.
Step 2: Now that you have your beading cords cut out, begin by tying the ends of each cord. I tied my knot three to four times and made sure to pull it tightly for the cord to grip securely. Once you have your cords knotted, slide on the bead tip cover with the opening going down towards the knot.
Step 3: Gently secure your bead tip cover over the knot using your pliers. Not too tightly to the point where you flatten out the sphere, just enough to conceal your knot. Do this for all four of your cords.
Step 4: Before you start beading, have an ending spot in mind. Bead two of your cords black and two of them blue. You don’t have to do it this way, whatever floats your boat. Alternate the colors, wrap some cording around or in between the beads, get funky…whatever. Once you have finished all four cords, be sure to lay them all next to each other to ensure that they are all the same length.
Step 5: Tidy up a bit, if you have beads all over your workspace then grab a lint roller. Since the beads are small, it’s an easy way to clean them up as opposed to picking them up one by one.
Step 6: Before you start knotting your four cords, you’ll want to prep them all with a bead tip cover first (as opposed to knotting first) since we’re now working our way backwards. Put the bead tip on with the opening facing away from the beads. Now, you can start making your closing knots.
Step 7: First hook one end of your cords onto your dreamcatcher pendant, then use pliers to close and wrap the excess of the hook around the dreamcatcher rim. Continue doing this with the rest of your cords.
Step 8: Now that you have your pendent attached, time to work on the closure. Grab one jump ring then take the hooks from one side of the necklace and close them around the ring with your pliers. Once the two hooks are secured, take the extender chain and open it with your pliers so you can attach it to the jump ring.
Step 9: Repeat the same step above, but instead we will be grabbing our lobster clip to attach to the jump ring. Once the hooks are on your jump ring, open it with your pliers and slip on the end of your lobster clasp and close the jump ring back.
Step 10: Admire your handy work, try it on, and share it with me. I'd love to see what you've come up with. Having trouble? Let me know below in the comments.