We have a fun Halloween jewelry-making tutorial for you today! If you like to dress up for Halloween, this spooky skull statement necklace could be the perfect accessory for your outfit. It’s made from gold plated chain, a selection of beads and black ribbon. You should be able to make this in just a couple of hours or less.
You’ll need the following materials for this project:
- Gold plated chain in two sizes – chunky curb chain with links large enough for ribbon to pass through and a smaller version as shown in the picture above.
- Black Howlite skull beads.
- Black 4mm glass pearls or round Agate beads.
- Opal orange Czech glass faceted round beads (4mm or 6mm).
- Gold plated head pins, eye pins and jump rings.
- Black ribbon (around 40 inches).
- Gold flat back glue-on diamantes (optional).
- Tools – Wire cutters, round nose and flat nose pliers, jewelry glue and scissors.
Measure approximately how wide you want the main part of the necklace to be around your neck and trim the large chunky chain to size with wire cutters. Around 6 or 7 inches of chain should work well. Ensure that you have an odd number of chain links in the piece that you’re using.
Measure out a slightly larger piece of the smaller link chain – it should be 2 to 3 inches longer than the chunky chain. Attach the ends of the smaller link chain to the ends of the large chunky chain using jump rings as shown in the photo above.
Place a head pin in the halfway point of the chunky chain section (this is why you need an odd number of chain links to work with). This will be your marker as you’ll be working from the center outwards to the sides of the necklace.
Measure the halfway point of the smaller chain. You’ll be fixing the central point of the smaller link chain to the central point of the chunky chain in this step.
To do this, pick up 1 x opal orange bead and slide onto an eye pin. Then pass the eye pin through the chain link that’s in the center of the smaller link chain and then slide a black round bead over that, so that the chain is secured into place.
Make a loop in the eye pin with your pliers and attach it to the central link in the chunky curb chain as shown in this picture above.
At this point, you can add a skull bead to the bottom of the beaded component you’ve just made. You can attach them as they are, or if you want your spooky skulls to have a bit of sparkle, you can go ahead and glue on some diamantes over the eye sockets using jewelry or gemstone glue! You can also do this at the end of the tutorial if you prefer.
If you don’t want to use diamantes, you could carefully brush white nail polish into the eye sockets instead.
Use an opal orange bead to make a dangle charm first using a standard head pin. Use an eye pin through the skull bead so that the opal orange component can attach to it!
Add your skull beaded component onto the other section that you’ve already made!
Repeat steps 3 to 7 to make the another two beaded sections complete with skulls. To make sure the placement is even, count outwards from the beaded component in the center. For this tutorial, there are 6 links either side of central point in the large chunky chain and 13 links either side for the smaller link chain.
The skulls may spin around a little on the eye pins. If you’d prefer them to remain facing forwards, you can just dab a little jewelry glue onto your headpin before sliding your skull beads on.
Once your skulls are in place, you can create some dainty little charms to add in between the skulls. To do this simply place an opal orange bead and a black round bead together on a head pin and make a loop with your pliers so that it can be attached to the chain.
You can make as many little charms as you like, but in this tutorial, there are 4 beaded charms placed either side of the skull beads. Attach them to the smaller link chain only, this way you can create a draping effect which looks very much like a spider’s web!
The final step in this tutorial is to fix into place the ribbon so that you can tie the necklace around your neck. Thread the ribbon through each link in the chunky curb chain by passing it through, under and up over each link.
Your spooky skull necklace is complete! All you need to do now is add this to your Halloween outfit and join in the fun!
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