Monday, July 18, 2011

Doughnut Necklace and how to make your own chains

My husband's family is obsessed with doughnuts. Actually, obsessed might be a little bit of an understatement, so when I saw the cute doughnut necklace over at Lil Blue Boo, I knew that my husband's sisters just had to have them. I made them pretty similarly, first I found wooden discs at the craft store.
Since I am still banned from my husband's power tools because of an unfortunate Scrabble bracelet incident, I had my husband drill two holes in each one, a medium size one in the middle and the smallest one at top for the chain. I then painted the circles brown and once dry painted pink over top for the frosting. I finished the paint job with a toothpick to drag small lines of paint for the sprinkles.
In order to keep the costs down of the necklaces, I decided to make my own chains. They were amazingly easy to make, you will need 12mm Lobster claw closures, chain and 4MM jump rings. I waited for a 50% off jewelry week at Hobby Lobby, so three chains cost about $4.
First cut your chain to your desire length, I just used the wire cutters on my needle nose pliers. Then, take one of the 4mm rings and pull it open with pliers like in the photo above.
Then slide the ring into the chain AND the lobster claw closure, then use pliers to close. Repeat on the other side of the chain. I used a larger 12MM ring to go through the small hole in the doughnut and then slide it onto the chain.
I made a fourth doughnut and just slipped a piece of ribbon through it, for my 2-year-old, because my husband has successfully passed on the doughnut love to the next generation. It was quite the hit, she kept showing everyone her necklace.
Who is the doughnut lover in your life?

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