Stacked Rings Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You know how sometimes you put a pendant on a chain or cord … but it looks like it needs a little something more?

Sometimes I like to stack a few beads, metal links, or washers above the pendant to give it that extra touch that’s missing:

Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

On the left side of the photo below, you can see just a metal pendant on a chain.

On the right side of the photo, you can see it with a stack of copper washers above the pendant – adding color and interest:

Before and After - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Similarly, on the left side of the photo below, you’ll see a coppery ceramic donut pendant with a chunky jump ring on a chain.

On the right side of the photo, you’ll see it jazzed up with a stack of shiny brass jewelry links above the pendant:

Before and After - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

A stack of “rings” is a simple element to add to the piece – but it elevates an ordinary necklace to a much more interesting accessory.

Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • A pendant.
  • A jump ring to attach the pendant to your chain or cord.
  • A chain or cord to hang the pendant on.
  • A small stack of ring-shaped items to string above your pendant.
    Make sure the hole in the center of these items will accommodate two strands of your chain or cord.
    (I used a stack of copper washers for one of my necklaces here, and a stack of round brass jewelry links for the other necklace.)
  • Clasp for your necklace.
  • Flat nose / chain nose pliers to open and close jump rings.

How to Make a
Stacked Rings Necklace:

These are the ingredients I used for my smaller necklace – a coppery ceramic donut bead, plus nine round brass jewelry links for the stacked rings effect:

Pendant and rings for Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And here’s what I used for my larger necklace – an oval metal pendant, plus five small copper washers:

Pendant and rings for Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Are you new to using jump rings?

See my quick tip on how to open and close jump rings.

Now let’s get started.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open your jump ring.

Then thread it through the hole in your pendant:

Attach jump ring to pendant - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Attach jump ring to pendant - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bring your chain over to the pendant:

Thread chain through jump ring - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and thread the chain through the jump ring, until the centerpoint of the chain is inside the jump ring:

Thread chain through jump ring - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll add the “rings” (washers, jewelry links, beads, or whatever you’re using):

Chain and rings for Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keeping both chain ends side by side, start stringing the rings onto the chain:

Thread rings onto chain ends - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and keep stringing till all of your rings are on the chain:

Thread rings onto chain ends - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Push the rings all the way down against the top of the pendant’s jump ring:

Stacked rings on Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now for the finishing touch – attaching the clasp.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open the clasp’s jump ring:

Attach clasp to one end of chain - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the jump ring through the last link on one end of your chain.

Use your pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Attach clasp to one end of chain - Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished necklace may look something like these:

Stacked Rings Necklaces - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Stacked Rings Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And Here Are
Some Variations of this Idea:

Here I’m using various types of beads above pendants on cords.

Turquoise donut on leather cord – by itself, and with two ceramic beads:

Turquoise pendant on leather cord with beads - Rena Klingenberg

Glass pendant on leather cord – by itself, and with two brass beads:

Glass pendant on leather cord with brass beads - Rena Klingenberg

Polymer clay pendant on hemp cord – by itself, and with a clay bead:

Polymer clay pendant on hemp cord with clay bead - Rena Klingenberg

Of course, you don’t always have to use this technique when you put a pendant on a cord or chain.

But sometimes it’s just the little extra touch that really makes the finished piece sing! 🙂

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Comments

  1. Great article! Love the ideas shown here!

  2. Thank you, Irith! 🙂

  3. I love this idea!

  4. Lovin’ these!! You just renewed my interest in jewelry making again,thanks, Rena!

  5. You’re very welcome, Kristine! I hope you enjoy making and wearing them! 🙂

  6. Gabi Tanguay says:

    I love this! It also looks like it would keep the clasp or the chain or cord from slipping down.

  7. Jann Olson says:

    These look like something my teenage granddaughters would love! Thanks for sharing.
    hugs,
    Jann

  8. You always have great tutorials! And very pretty Jewelry!

  9. What detailed tutorial. Thank you for sharing your talent and knoweldge with us.

  10. These look great! Really attractive necklaces.
    Also appreciate very good photos and clear instructions.
    Am so glad I signed up for your newsletter!
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Rena,
    you are so creative, these necklaces are gorgeous!!

  12. DONA PETROVA says:

    Thank you! It’s really nice and easy! I love it! Best wishes! Dona

  13. Eileen Newmark says:

    I really appreciate these design ideas they make such a difference in the final appearance of the pendants. I am brand new to jewelry making. I’d appreciate if someone would recommend places to buy such a variety of beads. I live in Asheville NC and the choices are scarce here in the stores. Can you get good beads and chains if you don’t want to make chains online? Recommendations for sources are greatly appreciated.

  14. Marianne Robinson says:

    Thank you, this opens up more ideas.

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