Saturday, April 2, 2011

30 Days of DIY: Day 2 ~ Safety Pins n Chains

Hey I'm 2 for 2!  If you're a loyal follower of my blog, you know I'm pretty much obsessed with safety pins.  And chains.  Combining the two is a win win in my book.  I started fiddling around, and this is the end result!  I can't quite say that it's a so-and-so inspired blah-blah-blah, because it's not.  This my friends, is a Lia original. 
  • Thin gold chain
  • Gold chain a little thicker than the thin chain
  • 1 inch gold safety pins
  • Gold jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers
Cut the thicker gold chain into 5 pieces about 3-4 inches long.
Apply a jump ring to the end of one piece of chain, attaching a safety pin to that.  Then attach another jump ring to the other end of the safety pin, with another piece of chain.  Repeat this leaving one really long "chain" with jump rings on either end.  Attach the lobster clasp to one of the jump rings.  
So this next part I really did not take pictures of. Cut the thinner gold chain into roughly 3 inch long pieces.  Several of them.  I randomly placed 3 jump rings in the two side sectionss of thicker chain, in between safety pins, and four jump rings in the center section.  I then attached a safety pin to each jump ring.
I took another jump ring and added three of the thinner chain cuttings to it, adding that all to the bottom of the safety pins attached to the main chain, as described above.
This should be what you have now.  When it's worn, it really has kind of a funky, tribal look to it.  Then you look closer, and it's a more punkish look.  Love.
I attached a safety pin to an earring hook.
Then I attached a jump ring, followed by another safety pin to it.
Finally, I attached a jump ring with three strands of thin chain to that.  I repeated to make another earring.  

I hope you all love this set!  It's extremely 'me', and I think it really is a great display of my style and taste.  Stay tuned for Day 3's DIY tomorrow!



  1. This is so cute! I think I could probably even do this project! Nice work, Lia!

  2. Thanks Tara! It really was easy, and didn't take very long. I think the most tedious part was cutting the chain. You should try it! Send pics if you do!

  3. LOVE THIS!!!! I am going to try this...will let you know how I do! Nice job!


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