Frankenstein Necklace – Halloween Jewelry Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.
Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a Frankenstein necklace with this fun Halloween jewelry tutorial.

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry

With a few beads and some wire, you can create this haunting project.

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry

Also, you can give Frankie two different facial expressions – one on the front of his head, and one on the back.

Turn his head to show the expression you want to show (I gave one side of his head a smiling face, and gave the other side of his head a growling face):

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry - two faces of Frankenstein

This tutorial is dedicated to Boris Karloff, who played the fascinating character of Frankenstein’s monster in the classic 1931 film “Frankenstein”.

Supplies:

  • 1 plastic or acrylic lime green large-hole (4mm hole or larger) bead for the head; a cylinder, rectangle, or square shape bead, or pony bead is best.
    I used a neon green plastic cylinder bead, 8mm x 10mm (0.031″ x 0.40″) size.
  • 5 plastic or acrylic purple large-hole (4mm hole or larger) beads for the torso, arms, and legs; rectangle or cylinder shape beads, or pony beads are best.
    I used purple plastic cylinder beads, 8mm x 10mm (0.031″ x 0.40″) size.
  • 2 round lime green beads for the hands, 8mm (0.031″) size.
    I used acrylic beads; make sure these bead holes will accommodate 1 strand of the 20 gauge wire.
  • 2 round black beads for the feet, 8mm (0.031″) size.
    I used acrylic beads; make sure these bead holes will accommodate 1 strand of the 20 gauge wire.
  • 1 jump ring, medium size, for attaching Frankenstein to a necklace chain or cord.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers.
  • Necklace chain or cord.
    I’m using an antiqued copper ball chain, 16″ (406mm) length.
  • Black Sharpie pen
  • 2 pieces of 20 gauge soft round wire; I used Artistic wire in “gunmetal” color.

    How to figure how long your wires should be:
    Add the length of the head bead + the torso bead + one of the leg beads + 1 of the foot beads. Then double that length, and add 70mm.

    Example Measurement:
    This is an example; be sure to use the measurements of your own beads.
    Add 10mm head bead + 10mm torso bead + 10mm leg bead + 8mm foot bead = 38mm of beads.
    Now double the 38mm bead length: 38mm + 38mm = 76mm.
    Now add 70mm: 76mm + 70mm = 146mm.

    So in this example, you would cut two pieces of wire, each 146mm long.

How to Make a Frankenstein Necklace

The cylinder beads I used for this project came from this bag, which I purchased at a local Hobby Lobby craft store:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - the beads I used

Here are the cylinder beads and round beads I used for this project, plus the wire I used:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - the beads and wire I used

Let’s start by creating Frankie’s head.

Use a fairly sharp black Sharpie marker to draw a zig-zag line all around one end of the bead, for his bangs:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - creating Frankenstein's head

Use the black Sharpie to color in the bangs all the way around the bead, including the top surface of the bead:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - creating Frankenstein's head

Let the inked hair dry completely for a few minutes before moving on to the next step, so you don’t accidentally smear the hair.

When the hair is dry, use a black Sharpie to draw a face on one side of the head.

Let the face dry completely.

Then draw a different face on the opposite side of the head, so he can have two different facial expressions:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry - two faces of Frankenstein

Now cut your 2 pieces of wire to the length you calculated.

Use a Sharpie marker to mark the center point of each wire:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - marking the wires

Place the two wires side-by-side.

Use the widest part of your round nose pliers to grasp both wires, right on the midpoint you drew on the wires:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wires

Use your fingers to bend the wires straight downward, creating a smooth U-shape over the lower jaw of the pliers:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wires

Still grasping your wires with the pliers, wrap the wire ends smoothly around the lower jaw of the pliers, so that the wires cross each other like this:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wires

Now use your fingers to twist the wires once, right where the wires cross:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wires

Just below the wire twist, use your fingers or flat nose pliers to bend the wire ends straight downward:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wires

Now your wires should look like this:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wires

Remove your wires from the pliers.

String the Frankenstein head bead onto the wires, so that his hair will be next to the loop at the top of the wires:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Push his head firmly against the wire loop:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

. . . and use the top jaw of your round nose pliers to grasp the wire loop, with the wire ends pointing straight upward:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Why are we making Frankie stand on his head now?

Because the next few steps are easier if gravity is working with us instead of against us. 🙂

Grasp two of the wires, and bend them straight outward, one on each side. These will be his arms:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Now string the torso bead onto the two remaining upward wires. The torso bead should be resting snugly against Frankenstein’s wire underarms:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

The two remaining wires are his legs. Stretch the leg wires out so it looks like he’s doing jumping jacks:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Now he should look something like this:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Get one of his leg beads and one of his foot beads ready:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

String the leg bead and foot bead onto one of his wire legs:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Press the leg bead and foot bead tightly against the torso bead.

His leg wire end should poke out about 8mm (5/16″) beyond the foot bead. Trim this wire end if it’s longer than that.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to make a small loop at the end of the leg wire, to keep the leg and foot beads firmly in place.

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Now this leg is finished. He should look something like this:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Finish the second leg the same way you did the first:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Now we’ll finish his arms and hands.

Get one of his arm beads and one of his hand beads ready:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

And finish the arm and hand the same way you did with the legs and feet:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Finish the remaining arm and hand the same way:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - putting Frankenstein together

Now we’ll add a jump ring to the loop at the top of Frankenstein’s head.

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

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

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding a jump ring for the necklace chain

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

String your necklace chain or cord through the jump ring – and you’re done:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching Frankenstein pendant to the necklace chain

Your finished Frankenstein Necklace may look something like this:

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Frankenstein Necklace - Halloween Jewelry Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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