Toggle Pendant Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

A toggle pendant necklace features a toggle clasp worn front and center – plus a pendant hanging from the toggle’s ring.

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The clasp becomes a beautiful focal part of the necklace design, instead of being just a functional closure at the back of the neck.

It draws attention to the pendant – while also adding interest above the pendant.

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This design works well on necklaces of any length.

It’s a good jewelry solution for people who find clasps uncomfortable against the back of their neck.

It’s also a good design for people with limited mobility, who can’t reach behind their neck, or can’t slide a necklace around to situate the clasp at the back of the neck.

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Chain for a necklace – your choice of chain style and length.
  • A toggle clasp.
  • A pendant.
  • 2 small jump rings – to attach the toggle clasp ends to the chain ends.
  • 1 larger jump ring – to attach the pendant to the ring of the toggle clasp.
  • Chain nose and flat nose pliers – to open and close the jump rings.

How to Make a
Toggle Pendant Necklace

If you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick tip, How to Open and Close a Jump Ring.

Start by cutting your chain to the desired length for your necklace:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - cutting the chain

Set out your toggle clasp:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - toggle clasp for chain ends

. . . and your jump rings:

– 2 smaller jump rings for attaching the toggle clasp ends to the chain, and

– 1 larger jump ring for attaching the pendant to the toggle clasp’s ring:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - jump rings

Choose a pendant to hang on the toggle clasp (mine is a glass replica of a sand dollar):

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - pendant

First we’ll attach the ring component of the toggle clasp to one end of your chain.

Use your chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist open one of your smaller jump rings:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching toggle clasp ends to chain

Thread the jump ring through the small hole in the toggle clasp end, and then through the link at the end of the chain.

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

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching toggle clasp ends to chain

Now we’ll attach the pendant to the ring of the toggle clasp.

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

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching pendant to toggle clasp

Thread the jump ring through the small hole in the pendant, and then through the ring of the toggle clasp.

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

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching pendant to toggle clasp

Now we’ll attach the bar end of the toggle clasp to the remaining end of the chain.

Use your chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist open one of your smaller jump rings:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching toggle clasp to chain ends

Thread the jump ring through the small hole in the toggle clasp’s bar end, and then through the link at the end of the chain.

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

Now your finished chain ends should look something like this:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - finished necklace ends

When wearing the necklace, the toggle clasp and pendant will look something like this:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished Toggle Pendant Necklace may look something like this:

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Toggle Pendant Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. I really like the toggle in the front, Rena! I have to remember some of these neat ideas, lol! I also love the turquoise pendant with the butterflies, and the blue glass sand dollar pendant.

  2. I really like the toggle front design. I have some really lovely toggle clasps that I have not used since they were too pretty to hide at the back of the necklace.

  3. Cindi Bernloehr says:

    Thank you for the reminder about putting the toggle in front. I always have liked this design but had gotten away from using it.

  4. Carol Breslin says:

    I absolutely love this idea. I have tons of pendants bought at bead shows, and I have tons of toggles, now I have to see which pendant would look good with which toggle. What a creative idea!! Thank you!

  5. Being disabled I would only wear long necklaces not being able to hook in the back. If I hooked in the front then the twisting around to get the hook to the back. Thank you for a wonderful idea. Rose

  6. Rena,
    You are so clever! I love this idea and can’t wait to try it out! Thank You…

  7. Now that’s what I call thinking out of the box, it’s been right there in front of me forever and not once did I think about doing it any other way but the “traditional” way. I love it, gotta try it, may never go back to the old way! 🙂 Thanks again Rena, you know your stuff.

  8. Thanks so much, all, for your lovely feedback on this project! Your kind words made my day! 🙂

  9. Scott Kelley says:

    Thank You, Simplicity and functionality an AA+. I will use this one for my wire wrap necklaces.

  10. Awesome! Thanks, Scott! 🙂

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