I’ve been wanting to make a spike necklace ever since I saw a photo on pinterest of the one this blogger was wearing. This week I finally figured out how to make my sparkly spike necklace dreams come true. Here’s how I did it (and you can, too!)
Chain with large links, at least 16-18 inches
Screw-on spikes, 1/2″ size, 10-12 (mine are from M&J Trimming; I think they’re these)
Glue (I used E6000)
Rhinestones (5 mm stones fit the tops of my spikes perfectly)
Wire cutters (optional)
Small screwdriver (optional)
The trickiest part of this project is finding the right type of chain. You need one that has links large enough for the spike screw end to fit through, but too small for the head of the screw. You also need to make sure that once the screw and spike are attached they don’t make the chain too stiff to bend. I recommend taking your spikes with you when you buy your chain to make sure it’ll work.
1. Measure your chain and cut it to the desired length. I made my necklace the standard size of 18 inches. Add a clasp and jumprings to the ends.
2. Screw the first spike through the link at the center of the chain (opposite the clasp). Add a spike on the third link from the center on either side. Make sure not to twist your chain. There’s no need to tighten the screws up much–you’ll be unscrewing the spikes again in a minute after you’ve checked the placement of the spikes.
3. Continue adding spikes until you’ve screwed a total of eleven into the chain. Try your necklace on to make sure you’re happy with the spike placement and that they’re all pointing the correct direction.
4. Unscrew a spike, but leave the screw in the chain. Dip a toothpick in glue and dab the glue into the screw hole in the spike. Screw the spike back onto the necklace. Don’t screw it in all the way or you might distort the chain. Leave it slightly unscrewed. Since there will be glue holding it in place it should be secure. Repeat with the rest of the spikes and screws.
5. Let the glue in the spikes dry, then add the rhinestones. Use a toothpick to put glue on the back of a stone, then press it onto the top of s spike. Let dry overnight.
The rhinestones are pretty subtle, but I think they add a nice little touch of bling.
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.