Sunday, 17 June 2012

DIY Spike and Skull Necklace

Helloo!

I have been seeing a lot of the spike style necklaces in high street stores lately and it got my DIY ideas flowing! I've put together a really nice and simple (or so i hope :S) DIY tutorial on how you can create your very own spiked necklace! Two DIY's in a row, i must be mad!


This is the necklace i'm going to show you how to make! It took me around half an hour and wasn't rocket science so i'm sure this tutorial will be nice and easy!


MATERIALS
The bits and bobs you will need to create this necklace are:
- Howlite skull beads in any colour or size you like! (I ordered mine from Ebay HERE)
- Some gold/silver seed beads, available from any craft shop (Be sure they are big enough for the elastic)
- Pin spikes (I got mine from a TOPSHOP hair bobble that i spotted in the sale but you can get them from Ebay HERE. They come in super funky colours)
- Some jewellery elastic, extra strong is best. (get this from a craft shop)
- Necklace fastenings (You can buy them from craft shops but i just chopped them off of an old necklace... whoops!)
- You'll also need scissors and possibly a needle and pliers 


First, cut your elastic to however long you want it. I find it easiest to pull out a long piece and hold it around my neck until i get it to the right length drop. The length i used was around 30cm (add a little extra for tying off) 

Next, lay out or spikes and skull beads for the centre piece. You could do yours in the same pattern as mine or make up your own (don't make it too heavy or the elastic will drape too much).


Now take only the clip part of the necklace fastening and tie the end of the elastic through the small chain which should be at the end of the clip. (you don't have to tie a bead in with it like i did, it makes no difference). I personally tied about 10 single knots over and over again to make sure it was secure! But don't pull too tight or you'll break it. You can leave as much of a tail end as you like, i always leave a centimetre or two.


Take your gold and silver seed beads and thread them onto the elastic. You can do as much of this as you like but remember the same has done be done one the other side once you have put the centre piece in! I did 10cm of beading on either side. Try and place the beads on randomly so it doesn't have too much of a patterned effect.


Picking up from where you stopped with the gold and silver seed beads start placing on your centre piece design. (don't worry if its not sitting quite right, it will when it's hanging around your neck!)


Using the seed beads again, do the same length and style along the other side. Try and do it as evenly as possible to that the spikes and skulls will hang in the centre of the necklace.


Now finally, take the chain part of your necklace fastening and tie the elastic through the end chain. Try to get the knot as close to the last bead on the elastic as possible (its alright if you stretch the elastic out a little bit when you are tying the knots. It will loosen up when worn.) Again, i tied the knot several times just to be sure it was secure!

TIPS:
- You can use a chain if it's thin enough to fit through the beads.
- If you don't want the elastic stretch effect buy extra strong thread and use that.

And thats it! Really simple and makes a lovely necklace! Doesn't look too 'homemade' either eh?!





I hope you all like this enough to try it! If you need any help don't hesitate to ask! And i welcome your feedback! :)


over and outttt! X


Thanks to everyone who has followed me and commented on my posts so far! x

61 comments:

  1. THIS is actually amazing! It looks like to one I wanted on Topshop Freedom! XO

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    1. Thank you! It really does, much cheaper option too ;) x

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  2. Wow, this looks great! I must try this out for myself! I absolutely love the skull and spiked trend and you just fused it into one! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm a big lover of skulls and spikes too, can't go wrong combining them both! :D

      Your blog looks fab x

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  3. oh my god, no way -- i LOVE this! you did a wonderful job -- it definately looks like something you'd buy in a shop.
    love your blog! i'm officially following :)

    -alexandra
    http://alexisinodak.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! honestly it was super duper easy!
      Thanks very much for following

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  4. This is a great tutorial! I love that style of necklace, you did a fantastic job. I'll have to try this out myself.

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    1. Thanks love! You should defo give it a try :)

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  5. You are very creative! :-)

    Followed you through GFC
    Pls follow mine, too!

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    1. Thanks very much! :)

      Wil go give your blog a look :D

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  6. Lovely tutorial. The finished product is very cute :)

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  7. This looks amazing! Just subscribed, loving your blog so far :)

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    1. Thanks i'm in love with it if i do say so myself! Thank you for following, i'll go give your blog a look love :)

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  8. Love this post, the necklaces is so cute! Will be trying it out :)

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    1. You defo should, promise you its super easy peasy!

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  9. Wow this is amazing. You're so creative! I definitely need to get these stuff on ebay and try it myself :).

    x x x

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    1. Thank you lovely! When you buy the materials off of ebay you have HEAPS extra! You could make a few different styles/colours! I'm thinking of making a matching elastic bracelet tutorial so stay tuned for that! :D

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  10. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog! I would love to follow each other! Let me know if you followed me already so that I can follow back as soon as possible! Let's keep in touch!

    -Eva
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    1. Thank you very much love and its quite alright :D I'll defo give your blog a follow, it's fab :)

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  11. I am defintely gonna try and attempt this i love how creative you were instead of buying on for like fifteen pounds at topshop
    new follower =)
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    1. Hello! Thanks, its a much cheaper option and tbh you get sooo much more satisfaction out of wearing something you made! Especially when someone asks you where you got it ;) Good luck!!

      i'll go give your blog a look! :D

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  12. Hey. Thanks for visiting. Cool necklace. Of course watching. Have a nice day!
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  13. This is awesome! I love skulls and spikes, this would be amazing in a bracelet too!

    Jess xo
    http://lovelyjubblyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! I'm going to post a bracelet tutorial next week! :D

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  14. wow, this is amazing! Just like the ones ive seen in Topshop with just a personal twist!! :)
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    1. Thank you! So much more rewarding than a shop bought necklace! :D

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  15. Hey hun i love this DIY post! You should do more! Just followed, hope you can follow back:

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    1. Thanks very much, i'll check your blog out too :)

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  16. GREAT!! I've got to try this one for sure! :) thanks for sharing!
    Nathalie
    http://curls-and-bags.blogspot.com (giveaway online!)

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    1. Good luck if you give it a go!! :D
      Thanks for reading :)

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  17. cute necklace!! come check out my blog too <3

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    1. Thanks! I'll give your blog a look :)

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  18. Really like this DIY! Along with the nails with the sponge! Great blog, we love it and start following! Would be great if you'd follow back! xoxoxoxox

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    1. thanks very much! love your blog, will defo give you a follow too :)

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  19. great! it looks really nice

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  20. Wow impressive! The necklace really looks so cool <3
    And nice blog btw :-)

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  21. Wow, that is very creative - it doesn't look handmade at all!

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  22. Hi Katy,

    Your blog is very impressive! I'm one of the owners of www.Faddest.com, a fashion photo rating site where users can rate clothes, tag brands, and edit photos. I would like to personally invite you to sign up and upload looks.

    Cheers!

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  23. looks great;)

    May be we could follow each other?Just let me know and I'll return the favor,
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    cheers,
    Helen

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  24. Oh that's awesome! You did such a good job with that! I really like your blog, it would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits and more :) :)

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  25. This looks just like something you would find in Topshop! Your very talented! I would never be able to do this, no matter how simple it might seem! Xx.

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  26. Really oryginal DIY idea ! Love the last photo *_* Kiss x


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  27. lovely photo. follow each other?
    xoxoxo

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  28. Wow! Super cool.

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  29. WOW this is an amazing DIY. Thank you for sharing it. I am so gonna try it. Congrats on geting featured in this week's LALM selection.
    Happy Blogging,
    Amena.
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  30. ♥Super Sweet! We're so recommending this one on our twitter tomorrow!♥

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    1. Aw thank you! Would be super lovely if you did recommend it!! x

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  31. Beautiful! I love that its like a modern version of tribal skull necklaces ;)

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  32. This looks amazing! The necklace looks great on you! :) X

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  33. Great DIY! I bought some of the turquoise skull jewellery from Urban Outfitters a couple of months ago and these look just as good for half the price (or less!) x

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  34. amazing blog:) Of course I follow you ,follow me back if you like kisses Magda xx

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  35. That's very cute, love the colours!

    New follower, hope you can check out my new posts and follow back :)
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