Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In this interchangeable jewelry tutorial, we’ll use a choker-length chain necklace plus a bracelet – and hook them together to make a longer necklace.

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The choker and bracelet can be worn individually:

Choker and Bracelet for Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And each piece fastens with the same spiral wire hook clasp design (or you can use any other type of clasp – lobster, etc.):

Clasp for Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

So you can simply open the choker and bracelet, and hook them together with the spiral wire hook clasps:

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . to make a longer necklace:

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Choker-length chain – with links that are open enough to attach jump rings to them.
  • Bead bracelet – from my Messy Wire-Wrapped Bead Chain Bracelet Tutorial.
  • 2 clasps, such as lobster clasps, etc. I used Wire spiral hook clasps – from my Wire Spiral Hook Clasps Tutorial – one clasp for the chain choker, and one for the bracelet.
  • 4 sturdy jump rings – 2 for the choker and 2 for the bracelet; about 9mm size.
  • Chain nose / flat nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.

How to Combine a Choker and Bracelet
to Make a Necklace:

First, hop on over to make a bracelet from my Messy Wire-Wrapped Bead Chain Bracelet Tutorial:

Messy Wire Wrap Bead Chain Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make two clasps from my Wire Spiral Hook Clasps Tutorial – so you’ll have one clasp for the chain choker, and one for the bracelet:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make the choker.

Start with your choker-length chain:

Chain for Choker - Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Twist open two of your jump rings, and thread them through the ends of your choker chain:

Attaching jump rings to choker chain for Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Twist the jump rings shut.

Attach one of the spiral wire hook clasps to one of the choker jump rings:

Attach spiral clasp to the choker - Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished choker should look something like this:

Choker for Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Open the choker and bracelet and line them up like this:

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and use the hook clasps to attach the two pieces together:

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can easily unhook the pieces to wear the choker and bracelet individually.

And just as easily, you can hook them together into the longer necklace again:

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Interchangeable Jewelry - Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. Wow such a lovely piece Rena. I love how you used mixed metals and ooh those beads are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talent as always.

  2. Thank you, Aruna! 🙂

  3. Ranjana Bhattacharya says:

    A beautiful piece! I liked the copper S joint with black chain. It really looks trendy.

    Thanks for this idea.

    Ranjana

  4. That’s a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Betsy Murphy Adomkaitis says:

    Rena, I have taken your class (on connectors) and am looking so forward to a more advanced one. I’ve already combined the connectors with some of my beads and they look fabulous (Fab, dahlin’ it’s like butta).
    One of thing I wanted to say (I’ve written twice but can’t seem to get thru) is that you are a a wonderful teacher, just wonderful. You probably know that but think about this: I have 14 yrs of professional education beyond HS and, of course, had many, many professors. Your teaching style has them all beat.

    I so look forward to your kind and terrific presentation (and personality) and learning more of what you share so kindly with us.

    My gratitude and thanx,
    Betsy

  6. Betsy, I’m overwhelmed and honored at your feedback – it means so much to me. Thank you for your kind comment and for letting me know how my first class has made a difference for you. I’m in the beginning stages of creating the next class, and your feedback is really motivating and helpful to me. 🙂

  7. Pat Fraser says:

    Luv it!!!

    Pat from Fiji

  8. Such a clever way to be able to have lots of options! Lovely!

  9. Thank you so much, ladies, for your kind comments! 🙂

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