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 Triple-Strand Necklace with Coins, Swarovski Crystal Nickel-Plated Chain Links and Silver Findings 

Triple-Strand Necklace with Coins, Swarovski Crystal Nickel-Plated Chain Links and Silver Findings
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Rich in Creativity

-- Designer --

Stephanie, Supervisory Administrator in Customer Service

To learn more about Stephanie Girdlestone, read her jewelry artist success story here

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For the First Chain
  • Link, sterling silver, 10mm double circle (1pk drops)
  • Drop, sterling silver, 14mm double-circle (1pk drops)
  • Drop, sterling silver, 15x14mm spiral (1pk drops)
  • Drop, Swarovski crystal, crystal clear, 16x11mm baroque  (2 drops)
  • Drop, Swarovski crystal, light Colorado topaz, 16x11mm baroque (1 drop)
  • Drop, antiqued brass-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 18mm replica of Ching dynasty coin (1pk drops)
  • Drop, antiqued brass-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 25mm octagon coin (1pk drops)
  • Drop, brass-finish aluminum, 38mm 20x18mm 'long life' Chinese coin shape (1pk drops)
  • Focal mix, antiqued brass-finished pewter (tin-based alloy), 36x30mm flat round with symbol (1pk focals)
  • Swarovski crystal components, half-drilled pearl, mauve, 6mm round (2pks pearls)
  • Swarovski crystal components, half-drilled pearl, copper, 6mm round (2pks pearls)
  • Swarovski crystal components, half-drilled pearl, black, 6mm round (2pks pearls)
  • Swarovski crystal components, half-drilled pearl, Tahitian, 6mm round (2pks pearls)
  • Swarovski crystal components, half-drilled pearl, cream, 6mm round (2pks pearls)
  • Component, antiqued copper, 21mm round genuine East Indian coin (1pk components)
  • Bead cap, sterling silver, 8.5x7mm for half-drilled 8mm bead (2pks bead caps)
  • Jumpring, brass, 6mm round, 20 gauge (1pk jumprings)
  • Jumpring, silver-plated, 5.5mm round, approximately 20 gauge (1pk jumprings)
  • Clasp, tab, sterling silver and copper, 16mm coin (1 clasp)
  • Chain, sterling silver, 1.75mm cable, 20-inch
  • Adhesive, E-6000 jewelry and craft
  • Steel hole punch
  • Pliers, flush-cutters
  • For the Second Chain
  • Chain link, Swarovski crystal, nickel-plated 8mm caged crystal pearl with 5mm faceted flat round, white/aquamarine, single strand
  • For the Third Chain
  • Various sizes, shapes and metals of coins left over from first chain
  • Various sizes, shapes and metals of jumprings left over from first chain
  • End of Materials List


    Create a fashion-forward ''found objects'' look with this sparkling coin necklace. With plenty of eye-catching glitter and a graceful drape, this project is sure to produce compliments. Our own Stephanie Girdlestone takes you through the process.


    Step 1
    Turning the Coins into Dangles

    Select the desired coins for this project. Note: Coins that are lightweight and thinner are easier to punch holes in for hanging.
    Step 2
    Determine if the coins need to have one or two holes punched and where you'd like them.
    Step 3
    Punch holes using the steel hole punch tool.
    Step 4
    Place a coin onto a jumpring, to be used later as dangle. Add other findings, chain, coins and crystals to jumprings for use later as well. Feel free to use varied items to create interesting drops. This is a good place to use those "one of a kind" pieces you've picked up here and there.
    Step 5
    Making pearl drops

    Using wire cutters, trim the pin on the bead holder to about 1/4 inch. Place the pearl onto the pin to see if this will be a good length. If the pearl doesn't sit flush; trim the pin a little further.
    Step 6
    Add a drop of adhesive to the pin, place a half-drilled pearl onto the pin and let set.
    Step 7
    Link a jumpring through the loop on the bead holder, so you can attach the pearl drop to the chain later.
    Step 8
    Assembling and embellishing the Main Chain

    Open the jumprings on the end of the curb chain and remove the clasp. Replace the claps with the decorative coin clasp.
    Step 9
    Hang the chain on a display head or other form that can hold the necklace for you while you work on it. This will make attaching the drops easier as the chain tends to flip, and if it does, you may attach your drops to the "wrong" edge of the chain, causing things to lie incorrectly.
    Step 10
    Place a coin on a jumpring; repeat to complete 6. On the chain, measure 7 inches down from the clasp; link 3 jumpring/coin combinations at this point. Repeat on the other side so each side mirrors the other.
    Step 11
    Find the center of the chain between the coins added in Step 10 and place a jumpring with a dangle or drop linked on. As this will be the focal point of the necklace, the drop you choose should be the longest and also the most ornate.
    Step 12
    Fill in the remaining sections of empty chain with dangles and pearl drops. Be creative here. Anything works. You can add as many or as few drops as you like or feel comfortable with. Have fun!
    Step 13
    Creating the Secondary Chain

    Simply cut chain to desired length and attach with jumprings to the main chain, about 6 inches down from the clasp on each side.
    Step 14
    Creating the Third Chain

    Using the steel hole punch, punch a hole on each side of the coins.
    Step 15
    Link a jumpring through a hole on the coin; close the jumpring. Link a jumpring through the other hole on the same coin, then link the next coin on as well; close the jumpring. Continue to link coins together in a pattern that's pleasing to you until you have the length you like. Attach it to the first, main chain, if you'd like, or keep it separate to wear with your other coin chain, or on its own.

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