Fun with Lariat Necklaces! (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make lariat necklaces with components you already have in your jewelry stash!

Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In the examples shown in this tutorial, I’ve used a variety of chains for the necklace strands – plus odds and ends from my stash for the lariat ends.

Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

One end of the lariat necklace needs to be some sort of hoop, loop, or donut.

Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The other end needs to be an object that can pass through the center of the lariat’s hoop end.

Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can even make the components for both lariat ends from wire, sheet metal, polymer clay, metal clay, beads, etc.

Important:

Lariat necklaces are not a safe jewelry style for children to wear or play with.

Supplies:

  • A length of chain. The chains I used for the examples here were
    72″ (183cm), 30″ (76cm), 18″ (46cm), and 16″ (41cm).
  • Two jump rings – one for each end of the the chain.
  • Some sort of hoop, loop, or donut component with a large enough center hole to pass another jewelry component through it.
  • A jewelry component that can pass through the center of the lariat’s hoop end. It might be a bead, coin, key, smaller donut, etc.
  • Flat nose / chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.

Lariat #1 –
How to Make a Lariat Necklace:

For this first lariat, I used a flat, gold-plated, asymmetrical ring for the hoop end.

I used a faux coin for the other end of the lariat:

Components for the ends of a lariat necklace - for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Before going any further, I made sure the coin could pass easily through the hoop (it could):

Make sure the component at the end of the lariat will fit through the hoop end - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

For the necklace part of this lariat, I used this 6-foot (183cm) long vintage basemetal chain that belonged to my grandmother.

I left this chain at its original super-long length, so this lariat would have the ability to be wrapped in interesting ways:

Chain for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then it was time to attach the components to the ends of the chain.

I used my chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist open one of my jump rings.

(If you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick, easy tip on how to Open and Close a Jump Ring.)

Then I threaded the open jump ring through the hole in my coin, and through the last link on one end of the chain:

Fastening a small coin pendant to one end of the chain - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I used my chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Fastening a small coin pendant to one end of the chain - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I used the other jump ring to attach my hoop component to the other end of the long chain:

Fastening a hoop to one end of the chain - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To wear this lariat necklace, first drape the chain behind your neck and over your shoulders.

The hoop end should be a few inches below your neck, and the long end of the chain should drape down on the other side:

How to put on the lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Pick up the long side of the chain and wrap it around your neck once, a few inches away from your throat.

Then let the long chain end hang down in front again:

Wrapping the long chain around the neck for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap the long side of the chain around your neck a few more times, keeping the chain well away from your throat.

When you don’t have enough chain left to wrap around again, let that end of the chain hang down:

Multi-wrap lariat necklace for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Pick up the coin at the end of the long chain, and pass it through the back of the loop end of the lariat, so that the coin end comes out on the front side of the loop:

How to wear a multi-wrap lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lariat #2 – The Double Teardrop:

I happened to have this wavy brass teardrop hoop – and also a wavy turquoise teardrop pendant that fits through the hoop:

Components for the ends of a lariat necklace - for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I double-checked that the turquoise pendant would fit through the hoop – and it did:

Make sure the component at the end of the lariat will fit through the hoop end - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I decided to use a shorter chain for this lariat – so I found a 16″ (41cm) piece of antiqued brass chain.

After using jump rings to attach the hoop and pendant to this chain, the necklace looked like this:

Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To wear this lariat, drape the chain behind your neck and over your shoulders, so the pendant and hoop are hanging down on the front:

How to wear a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then pass the pendant through the back of the hoop, so that it comes out the front side of the hoop:

How to wear a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lariat #3 – Hot Pink Hoop and Bead:

Both of these hot pink pieces are acrylic, so they’re light weight:

Components for the ends of a lariat necklace - for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I didn’t really need to check that the bead would fit though the hoop here:

Make sure the component at the end of the lariat will fit through the hoop end - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I attached the hot pink components to the ends of a 30″ (76cm) long oxidized silver chain:

Hot pink lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Like the first necklace here, this one has a chain long enough to wrap around the neck – although it can only wrap once.

So you can put it on as usual, by draping it behind your neck with the ends of the chain hanging down in front:

How to wear a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then wrap the long end of the chain once around your neck, with the chain a few inches away from your throat:

Wrapping the chain once around the neck - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then pass the bead through the back of the hoop, so that it comes out the front side of the hoop:

How to wear a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lariat #4 – Filigree Donut and Feather Pendant:

These brass components work nicely together, and I like that the filigree donut is antiqued, while the feather pendant is raw and shiny:

Components for the ends of a lariat necklace - for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The feather fits nicely through the donut:

Make sure the component at the end of the lariat will fit through the hoop end - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . so I used my flat nose and chain nose pliers to open and shut the jump rings to attach the donut and feather to this 18″ (46cm) long antiqued brass chain:

Filigree donut and raw brass feather for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This chain length isn’t long enough for extra wrapping, so after draping the chain behind your neck:

How to put on a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . you can simply pass the feather through the back of the donut, so that the feather comes out the front side of the donut:

How to put on a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lariat #5 – Navy Oval Donut and Brass Key:

This smooth navy oval makes an interesting difference from the usual round donut pendants:

Components for the ends of a lariat necklace - for Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you turn the key sideways, it fits through the oval pendant:

Make sure the component at the end of the lariat will fit through the hoop end - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I attached these components to a 16″ (41cm) brass chain to complete the necklace:

Lariat necklace with brass key and navy oval pendant - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can put it on as usual, by draping it behind your neck with the jewelry components at the ends of the chain, hanging down in front:

How to wear a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then pass the key through the back of the navy hoop, so that it comes out the front side of the hoop:

How to wear a lariat necklace - Fun with Lariat Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I’d love to see the lariats you make from this tutorial, if you’d like to share your creations with us!

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Comments

  1. I love your colourful, interesting lariats, Rena! What a fun project to go through your stash and find “ends” that work together. I’m thinking that a piece of my beach glass would be neat to hang off an end of a lariat. I’ll have to keep that in mind and see if I can try it.

  2. Thank you so much for the great idea – I can’t wait to try this!

  3. I love this Rena, you can use those extra beads to create beautiful everyday pieces.

  4. Thank you so much Rena for yet another brilliant tutorial

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial. It has inspired me to make a few of my own!

  6. So Inspiring. I am a beginner but was able to make 5 of these today! Love the idea and finally a way to use these odd beads I have left from a project I never did, do.

  7. Thanks for your lovely comments! I’m thrilled to hear about your plans for making creative lariats – and Laurie, I love hearing that you’ve already made 5 of them and used up some odds and ends in the process! 🙂

  8. These are all so pretty and whimsical. You can make them using almost anything!

  9. Oh love all the versions of these!

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