Gypsy Charm Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Make a gypsy charm necklace with odds and ends from your jewelry supply stash.

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg. Boho gypsy necklace.

Get out your pendants, charms, and dangles – and have fun designing this style of necklace!

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg. Boho gypsy necklace.  Statement necklace.

All of the components I used in my necklace are brass – some are raw brass, and some are antiqued.

But yours can be made from any type of material you prefer.

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg. Boho gypsy necklace.  Statement necklace.

These necklaces are fun to design and make.

You can create many types of styles with this project – a boho gypsy look, a steampunk masterpiece, a bold statement look, etc.

And many ladies like this type of necklace!

Supplies:

  • A collection of pendants, charms, and other dangles.
    I used a total of 11 brass dangles, including one larger pendant that I used as a center focal element.
  • Chain with links large enough to hang dangles onto.
    You can make your chain any length you prefer for the necklace.
    I used a sturdy antiqued brass curb chain with 9mm x 7mm link size.
    My chain length was for a shorter necklace – 406mm (16″) size – but this gypsy charm necklace is great for longer necklace designs too! 🙂
  • Medium jump rings – for attaching the dangles to the chain.
    I used 6mm jump rings in antiqued brass.
  • Clasp – for the necklace closure.
    I used a lobster class in antiqued brass, 15mm x 8mm size.
  • Small jump ring – for attaching the clasp to the chain.
    I used a sturdy 5mm jump ring, in antiqued brass.
  • Large jump ring for the other end of the chain.
    I used a sturdy 8mm jump ring, in antiqued brass.
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.

How to Make
a Gypsy Charm 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 your preferred length:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg. Cutting chain to desired length.

Set out your jump rings.

HOT TIP – I store my jump rings in 7-day pill organizers with lids:

Storing jump rings in pill organizer container - Rena Klingenberg, Jewelry Making Journal

Choose the pendants, charms, dangles, etc. you want to use for this necklace.

Except for the larger focal pendant, the rest of my charms are mismatched pairs:

Charms and pendants for Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lay your chain out on a flat surface, roughly the way it will lay as a necklace.

Play with the dangles until you find the arrangement you like best.

HOT TIP – Take a quick photo of your arrangement, so you can refer back to it if you forget the order of charms you’ve laid out:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - laying out the necklace design

Build the necklace starting at the center and moving outward.

We’ll start by adding the center dangle to the chain.

So set out your center focal pendant.

Find the center link in your necklace chain.

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

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the focal pendant to the chain

Thread the opened jump ring through the center link of your chain, and also through the hole at the top of your center focal dangle.

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

The center of your necklace should now have your focal pendant attached:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the focal pendant to the chain

Between each dangle, you’ll need to leave a little space on the chain so the charms aren’t all hanging on top of each other.

On my chain, I found that the best spacing between each dangle is this:

After each dangle, I leave 3 chain links empty, and hang the next dangle on the 4th chain link.

Your chain may be different, so you may need to experiment a bit with your dangle spacing.

Get ready to add the next two dangles – one to the left of your center focal pendant, and the other to the right of your center vocal pendant.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open two more medium jump rings, and find which chain links you’ll use for these two pendants:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding charms to the chain

For each dangle, thread the opened jump ring through the designated link of your chain, and also through the hole at the top of your dangle.

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

Now your necklace may look something like this:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding charms to the chain

And keep going – adding the next pair of dangles to the chain:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding charms to the chain

And keep going . . .

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding charms to the chain

Until you’ve attached all of your dangles to the chain:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding charms to the chain

Now it’s time to add the clasp components to the chain ends:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the clasp to the necklace

We’ll start with adding the clasp to one end of the chain.

Lay out one end of your chain.

Set out your clasp and the small jump ring.

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

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the clasp to the necklace

Thread the opened jump ring through the hole in the clasp, and then through the last link of of the chain.

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

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the clasp to the necklace

Now for the other end of the clasp, let’s move to the remaining end of your chain.

Set out your large jump ring.

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

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the clasp to the necklace

Thread the jump ring through the last link in the chain.

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

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the clasp to the necklace

Now you can close the necklace by hooking the clasp into the large jump ring at the other end of the chain:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the clasp to the necklace

Your gypsy charm necklace is now finished!

It may look something like this:

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Gypsy Charm Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 4 comments

Subscribe without commenting