Body chains and harnesses seem to come back into style every few years and this year, unique costume jewelry has really had its time to shine. From stacked “arm parties” to draping chains cuffed on ears, to giant septum rings by Givenchy— the fashionable crowd is always looking for the next impractical yet stylish accessory. They may not be functional but who said that fashion had to be functional?
They’re a perfect adornment to sit just in between those fall layers since the top of your neck might be covered with a drapey scarf. There are so many varieties that you can find out there but why not custom design your own to flatter your body type and size? We’ll show you how to create a basic chain but add your own variations with more charms and chains!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- bent nose & needle nose pliers (or jewelry pliers)
- any charm with holes on both ends
- 4 jewelry rings
- a lobster claw clasp
[ ATTACH RING ] – Gently open up the small metal rings. Do not open them more than necessary or it will be very difficult to reshape the ring. Loop the ring through the first hole of the charm.
[ ATTACH SECOND RING ] – Link the second ring on to the first one. Do not shut the second ring quite yet.
[ ATTACH CHAINS ] – Loop two separate lengths of chain on both sides of the charm and then carefully clasp the ring shut without too much force. Make sure that the rings do not have room to slip off of each other. Not that the length will vary according to your design/style of body chain. It is best to simply take a long chain and look in the mirror as you drape the chain on yourself and judge the measurements. You can always remove and re-attach links if you are unhappy with the result.
[ REPEAT ON BOTTOM ] – Repeat the first 3 steps for the bottom of the charm. At the stage when you are attaching the chain, you will attach the ENDS of the first two chains that you attached. Essentially, you are forming a large “8” formation with the chains.
[ TRY IT ON ] – Test out your new body chain. Make adjustments if necessary.
[ ADD CLOSURE ] – If you are happy with your result, the last step is to add a closure. This is necessary so that the loops don’t slide off your arms when you move around. Simply pick a point near your upper back where you can link the two chains together with a short length of chain and a clasp!
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by Samantha of lipglossandblack
Images by Syl and Sam