Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Tangled Mess Necklace Tutorial

The beauty of this necklace is that it is supposed to be twisted and tangled.

You will need 1 strand of beads (mine came from the thrift store), ribbon in your color choice,

at least 4 lengths of chain, as long or slightly longer than your beads,

2 circular rings,

and basic jewelry making supplies including jump rings, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, and a clasp

using jump rings, attach your beads to your circular rings

Tie one end of ribbon to one of your rings, then twist and turn it around the beads. Cut your ribbon, leaving enough of an end to tie to the other ring. Tie your ribbon and cut excess off. Now with a lighter, very carefully singe the ends of your ribbon - you want to singe it just enough to melt and seal the fraying ends but not so much that it looks burnt. Do the same thing gently over the knots to seal.

Now you can begin attaching your lengths of chain to the rings using jump rings. Use your wire cutters to cut any excess length from chains. As you're adding your chains, twist and turn like you did with your ribbon. There's really no rhyme or reason to this process. Just keep playing with it until you have a look that you like. Add a clasp to one end and it's ready to wear.

this one can be worn long . . .

. . . or short

in white

and if you like the look but don't have the time/energy/interest in making one yourself, this one in black and gold is available in my etsy shop:


  1. so pretty andddd expensive looking. i've had the hardest time doing anything with plyers, clamps etc. i think this will be on my to do list though!


  2. Oh my goodness I REALLY love this idea! Great job recreating it:) I would love for you to link this up at my party too if you have time...

  3. Beautiful! I really like these necklaces - great job!

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