This weeks Do It Yourself is a 2 fer, same idea 2 ways! More and more I am digging the fancy collar trend and since I am so very indecisive I thought I would try a collar necklaces 2 different ways: a simple chain design and a hammered metal design. The chain necklace is super quick and easy, and the metal necklace is a little more advanced with some special supplies and also a little extra time (but totally worth it!).

CHAIN COLLAR / THE SUPPLIES
Needle Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Apx 20″ of cut chain with clasp
• Apx 12″ of cut chain
• At lease 3 jump rings

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES
• A few extra jump rings
• 2 Eyelet pins
• 2 Beads

01. Find the middle of the longer piece of chain (FYI- for the base of the chain I like to use Bead Landing brand chain from Michael’s, you can get a set of 3 chains with clasps already on them), and connect the middle of the smaller piece of chain with of of the jump rings.

02. Loop up the small pieces of chain to a spot of the base of the necklace that you like and use a jump ring to attach. Repeat on the other piece of short chain. If you want you can be all finished right there! Or if you want you can add a couple beads to the top of the collar to spice it up a little, to do so read on.

03. Put an eyelet pin through a bead and use your round nose pliers to make a loop, then cut off the excess wire. Repeat for the other bead.

04. Snip the larger chain on the link just above where you attached the piece of chain that makes the collar and loop the jump ring that’s there to one end of the bead.

05. Use another jump ring to attached the other side of the bead to the open end of the chain you just cut to close it back up. Repeat on the other side and there you have it! Simple simple.

METAL COLLAR / THE SUPPLIES
Needle Nose Pliers
Shears
Round Nose Pliers
• 2 Pieces of 4″ chain
Metal Punch
• Sheet Metal (from Michael’s)
Ballpine Hammer
Flat Anvil
Printed Collar Pattern

SUPPLIES NOT PICTURED
• Scissors
• Permanent Marker
• At least 5 jump rings

01. I drew up 3 different collar shapes and made a printable file for you here. Print that out, pick your favorite design and cut it out. I based the size of the pieces on the pieces of sheet metal I had at home already. I picked up a pack from my local Michael’s (sorry I couldn’t find the exact pack I got online!), they have an assorted pack with silver, gold and copper 24 gauge sheets. I like that it comes in a variety pack- that way you can have extra to try all sorts of shapes, or make a few as gifts!

02. Lay your pattern down and trace with a permanent marker.

03. Cut out the shapes using your shears, and snip off the four corners of both sides of the collar, you don’t have to cut off much, just enough so the corners are super point/sharp. Be careful! The metal scraps can get needle sharp!

04. Next begin to use the round side of the hammer over the whole surface of the two pieces to get a nice texture (make sure to hammer on top of the anvil). As you hammer you will need to flip it over to reshape it from time to time, try to keep it nice and flat. This is the noisy and time consuming part, but take your time and make sure the two pieces are evenly shaped.

05. Use the metal punch to punch out holes on the top corner of the wide end and the center of the skinny end of the metal pieces.

06. Use the jump rings to attach the two sides of the collar together, and the two ends to the chains. Attached your clasp to the opposite ends of the chain and your all finished!

GUEST COLUMNIST / ANDREA FAIRSERVICE
Andrea Fairservice is a designer & blogger who is always bursting at the seams with inspiration and is known by her friends as a “gatherer.” She shoots and develops the Do It Yourself column.
  1. Woohoo, this column is fantastic, and I want to make these both! Thanks for a sweet DIY!

  2. Amy says:

    this is amazing – I’m digging this new column, and these collar necklaces are gorgeous. going to have to try my hand at these for sure. keep ’em coming, andrea! :)

    • Andrea says:

      Thank you so much Amy! You have no idea how pumped I am to see everyone digging the two posts so far. I’ve got lots planned for the future, don’t you worry!

  3. Emily says:

    This is an awesome idea! I cannot wait to try this at home. I’m so not crafty but this seems like it will be pretty easy (and fun) to pull off! Thanks!

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  5. Rin Tin Tin says:

    Wow! how fabulus are both of them… Give more ideas like these!

  6. Barbara says:

    Love how different these are! And you did an amazing job! I did my collar necklace, please check it out: http://whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/party-or-casual-detachable-collars.html
    I have some spare chain and would like to have a try at the other design you posted, thanks! :)

  7. Monica says:

    I made the first one today and it’s totaly awesome. Sooo simple and chic, and totally cheap!! Please do more dyi tutorials, like this one, they make a great impression by their simplicity and elegance. So lovely! Thank you!!

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