Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.
Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It all started when I designed this chain fringe bracelet that’s reminiscent of the 1920s flapper era:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I realized that with a bit of extra chain, this bracelet could be turned into a flapper-style headband:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then I saw that it could also be turned into a choker-length flapper necklace:
Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and finally, with more chain, it makes a fantastic long necklace with a fringed bib:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

My Inspiration for This Jewelry Set:

One of my grandmothers had a lifelong interest in fashion design, and I’m sure that as a young woman in the 1920s, she rocked the flapper style.

So I set out to design a fringey flapper bracelet with the jewelry supplies I inherited from her – and wound up designing an entire jewelry set!

Supplies:

  • Charm-bracelet style chain, long enough to go around your wrist.
    My charm-bracelet chain is brass and has 28 links, which enabled me to attach 28 pieces of chain fringe to it.
    Charm Bracelet Chain for Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Thinner, slinkier chain for your fringe – you’ll need several feet of it.
    I used this brass chain. There were miles of it in Grandma’s jewelry supply stash:
    Chain for Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Additional amounts of the same chain you use for the fringe – if you want to make the flapper headband, choker, or long necklace.
    (You’ll attach this chain to the ends of your bracelet to make the headband strap and necklaces.)
  • Clasp for your bracelet, headband, or necklace.
    I used a foldover clasp that was with the charm-bracelet chain in Grandma’s supplies.
  • Jump rings – one for each end of your bracelet chain.
    Mine are 8mm size.
  • Small jump rings – one for each piece of your chain fringe (I used 28 of them).
    Mine are 5 mm size.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Ruler – for measuring your pieces of chain fringe.
  • Wire cutter for cutting your chain.

How to Make
the Flapper Fringe Bracelet:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll start by making the bracelet, because it’s used in all of the pieces in this jewelry set.

Lay out your wrist-length piece of charm-bracelet chain and count the number of links in this chain:

Charm Bracelet Chain for Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now get out your thinner chain that you’ll use for making the fringe pieces:

Chain for Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We need one piece of chain fringe for each link in the charm-bracelet chain.

My charm-bracelet chain has 28 links, so I’ll cut 28 pieces of chain fringe.

I cut my chain fringe pieces in random lengths from 0.75″ to 2.75″ (20mm to 70mm), with 14 of the pieces longish lengths, and 14 of them shortish lengths.

Use your ruler to measure each piece of fringe:

Measuring chain for fringe - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then cut the piece of fringe from the chain:

Cutting chain fringe - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And keep cutting long and short fringe pieces until you have enough for each link in your charm-bracelet chain.

Lay the fringe pieces out in the order you’ll use them, and make sure you like the layout of the lengths.

I highly recommend alternating short and long fringe pieces:

Alternating chain fringe sizes - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Open all of your smaller jump rings – one for each piece of fringe (I’ve opened 28 jump rings):

Opened jump rings for Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread one of the opened jump rings into the first link of your charm-bracelet chain:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then hang the first piece of fringe on that jump ring:

Adding chain fringe - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and twist the jump ring shut again:
Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use another jump ring to attach the second piece of fringe to the second link on your charm-bracelet chain:

Adding more chain fringe - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And continue adding a piece of fringe to each charm-bracelet link:

Adding more chain fringe - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . until each link has a piece of fringe hanging from it:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now get out your clasp and your two larger jump rings.

Twist both of these jump rings open:

Foldover clasp and jump rings for Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread one of these jump rings into the first link of your charm-bracelet chain:

Attaching a jump ring - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then string your clasp onto the jump ring, and twist the jump ring shut:

Attaching the clasp - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Attach the second jump ring to the last link on the opposite end of your charm-bracelet chain:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your flapper fringe bracelet is finished:

Finished Bracelet - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

A closeup of the clasp:

Fastened clasp on bracelet - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wear the bracelet with the fringe hanging downward:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And enjoy the the motion of your fringe as you wear the bracelet!

How to Make
the Flapper Fringe Headband:

Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start by making the flapper fringe bracelet (instructions above) – but omit the clasp, so that the ends of the charm-bracelet chain finish with the larger jump rings.

To finish my headband chain, I used the same type of chain I used for the bracelet fringe.

Cut a piece of this chain to your desired length to finish off the headband, and attach the ends to the jump rings at the ends of your bracelet.

Use bobby pins to secure your headband to your hair, so you can wildly do the Charleston dance (and other flapper dances)!

Flapper Headband - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make
the Flapper Fringe Choker:

Choker - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start by making the flapper fringe bracelet (instructions above).

To finish my choker chain, I used the same type of chain I used for the bracelet fringe.

Cut a piece of this chain to your desired length to finish off the choker, and attach one end of it to the end of your bracelet that ends with a larger jump ring.

For the choker’s closure:

Attach a jump ring to the unfinished end of the chain you just cut, so you can fasten it to the clasp end of your bracelet.

Now when you wear this choker, the fringe makes a lovely bib lying over your collarbone:

Choker - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make
the Flapper Fringe Long Necklace:

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Long necklaces were a major feature of the flapper fashion era.

To make yours, start by making the flapper fringe bracelet (instructions above) – but omit the clasp, so that the ends of the charm-bracelet chain finish with the larger jump rings.

To finish my long necklace chain, I used the same type of chain I used for the bracelet fringe.

Cut a piece of this chain to your desired length to finish off the long necklace, and attach its ends to the jump rings at the ends of your bracelet.

No clasp is needed for this long necklace – you can simply slip it on over your head.

Long necklace - Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Fun idea, but where are the sparkles? The movies all show flappers with sparkle in their jewelry. Still, I really like this and may even try it, time permitting. LOL

  2. Some ideas for those needing a little “bling” to their flapper pieces:
    1. Add a small bead (the “sparklier” the better) to the end of each fringe
    2. After fringes are cut, cut a link of each (at varying intervals) and add a pearl, swarovski bead, gemstone, in place of the “missing” link
    3. Alternate chain fringe pieces with rhinestone cupchain fringe
    4. Add a cupchain fringe beside each chain fringe

  3. That is a neat set, Rena! Did your grandmother make jewellery also, or was it her jewellery that you were able to use as supplies? Either way, it’s very cool to have things that belonged to her to work with.

  4. I love jewelry from this era and you’ve captured it perfectly in this piece. I’ll be sharing this tutorial far and wide.

  5. I love this Rena 🙂
    Another idea for sparkles:
    – make it with gunmetal chains and Aurora Borealis crystal teardrops to the end of each fringe – flappers loved dark deep colors.

  6. Amazing! I really love it as a choker! Very flapper as a head piece.

  7. Although I’m not making a lot of jewelry now, I do like seeing things I know I could make and use with other things, such as the beanie/slouch caps I wear. Recently I pinned on 3 stick pearls and a cute little frog to a tan cap and while out, received several comments about how cute. So, will probably try dangle head piece(as a head piece) and also attached to one of my caps. Years ago I did make some head pieces and received many compliments, but for whatever reason stopped making them

  8. You caught my eye with the 1920’s, I love this time period! Actually threw a roaring 20’s party a few years back. I will be pinning this for my next party. (o: Thanks!

  9. I love this design, especially the movement it creates when being worn, and will definitely use it as a starting point for making something fun for the holidays. The bracelet could be a funky way to use up a bunch of my small chain lengths.

  10. How very Downton Abbey! Gorgeous!

  11. I had to share this with my fb fans! Thank you for the tutorial.

  12. Oh I agree with Mimi your necklace is very Downton Abby and quite lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I wish I had this tutorial when I was invited to a Downton Abbey party last year. These are great

  14. Great tutorial 🙂

  15. So pretty!! Your tutorial is so easy to follow, and I love how this can be used in so many different ways. The long flapper necklace is my favorite!

  16. Great idea – I too, have a big box of Grandma’s chains – perfect.

  17. Thank you all for your kind feedback on this tutorial! And Lindsay, it’s nice to hear you have a stash of chains from your Grandma too! 🙂

  18. What a great idea! I might need to make this for my Downton Abbey Premier Party in January! 🙂

  19. Maretha Hines says:

    Love the jewelry. Will look neat with short hair . I plan to make it . Thanks

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