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  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Refresh an Old Necklace
  • Make Interchangeable Parts
  • Samples of Finished Necklaces


In the spring, a man's fancy might turn to love, but a woman's fancy turns to her wardrobe - am I right? This is the season to go through your closet, get rid of some old things, and bring in some new things. If you can't afford a lot of new things, accessories can really help jazz up your old outfits and make them more interesting. By making convertible necklaces, you can bring new life to an old necklace or make interchangeable parts for lots of combinations.

Tools and Materials

Small beads
Seed beads
Bead stringing materials
Various sizes of split rings
Large accent beads for pendants
Crimp beads

Convertible Necklaces Refresh an Old Necklace

Here is an example of how I made an old necklace more interesting. I made another necklace of the same length using small beads in complementary colors. Small beads are best so the finished necklace is not too bulky. To wear them together in a twist, clasp the ends together, twist, and fasten.

Convertible Necklaces Make Interchangeable Parts

You can take the above idea a step further by making lots of necklaces in colors that complement your wardrobe and making slide-on pendants to wear on them. See the following for ideas for slide on pendants.

Convertible Necklaces The top example was made by threading beads onto headpin, then attaching a loop of chain at the top.

On the second row left, I made the pendant itself convertible by attaching a Changeable Pendant with Cube Ends to a large split ring.

The next three examples were made by wrapping wire around a dowel rod in a spiral formation, threading seed beads onto the spiral (attach the pendant along the way where you want it to hang) and crimping the ends with a crimp bead to keep the seed beads in place.

There is a lot of room for creativity when you make sliding pendants - just make sure the hole in the hanger is big enough to fit over two or more twisted strands of beads.

If you make enough parts, you can wear many combinations before you have to repeat any - that makes getting dressed up a lot more fun if you ask me!

Samples of Finished Necklaces
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