Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

halloween layered moon necklaces

Recreate the phases of the moon — then wear them! Our instructions have every step you need to DIY your own Layered Moon Necklaces. They’re perfect for any Halloween celebration, whether it’s a werewolf potluck or an all-night skeleton shindig!
Step 1

Project Note: These three necklaces are made separately but designed to be layered and worn together. You can mix and match them however you like – have fun!

Start with the shortest necklace of the three. Cut two 6" lengths of chain and set both aside until Step 4.

TIP: These lengths, combined with the beaded eye pin, will give you a bar necklace that’s 14½" long. If you’d like your necklace to be longer or shorter, then adjust your chain lengths accordingly. 

Step 2

Slide the following beads onto an eye pin (in the order given below) to recreate the look of the phases of the moon:

  • Two jet beads
  • Two clear faceted beads (from the strand of green/clear beads)
  • Two (very pale) blue beads
  • One white opal round bead
  • Two more (still very pale) blue beads
  • Two more clear faceted beads (from the strand of green/clear beads)
  • Two more jet beads.
Step 3
Above the last bead, form a simple wire loop, like this: Bend the eye pin wire to a 90° angle just above the bead. With your round nose pliers, grasp the wire about ½" from the bend, then rotate the pliers toward you, keeping a firm grip on the wire until a small loop is formed. If you have excess wire, just trim it away.
Step 4
Carefully open the loop on one side of your beaded bar, just enough to slide on one end of a 6" length of chain (from Step 1). Close the loop again, then repeat this step on the opposite side of the bar, to connect the remaining 6" chain length.
Step 5

Add a jump ring at one end of your necklace (at the opposite end of a 6" chain length).

TIP: Here’s the best way to open and close a jump ring: Grasp the jump ring on both sides with chain nose pliers, then twist the ring open from side to side. Never pull the jump ring apart, since that can distort its circular shape. We’ve got a quick video that’ll show you how, click here.  

Step 6
Open another jump ring, then slide on a lobster clasp and the other end of the necklace (the opposite end of the other 6" chain length). Close the jump ring and set this necklace aside.
Step 7
Now we’ll make the mid-length necklace. To do this, open the jump ring that’s at the top of one druzy ball charm. Slide the end of one 18" hematite chain onto the open jump ring, then close the ring again. That’s it for this necklace! So set it aside, too.
Step 8
To make the final (and longest) necklace, cut eight 3" lengths of Silver chain. Set them aside until Step 10.
Step 9

Next, you’ll make six bead links using white opal beads and eye pins. To make the first link, slide a white opal bead onto an eye pin. Bend the wire just above the bead into a loop, just as you did in Step 3, and trim away any excess wire. Repeat this step to make five more bead links.

TIP: Make the most of your materials! Use the excess wire cut from your 3" eye pins to make smaller eye pins for these bead links. To do this, make a loop at one end of the wire length, slide on a bead, then make another loop on the other side of the bead. Don’t forget to trim away the excess wire!

Step 10

Once you have all your links made, you’ll need to connect them with the 3" chain lengths you cut in Step 8 to build the strands that make up this necklace. Create two strands, each assembled in this order:

  • One 3" chain length
  • One white opal bead link
  • One 3" chain length
  • One white opal bead link
  • One 3" chain length
  • One white opal bead link
  • One 3" chain length.

TIP: Here’s how to connect your chain lengths to the bead links: Use your pliers to slightly open one loop at the end of a bead link. Slide the end of one 3" chain length onto the open loop, then close it again. Repeat to add a chain length to the bead link’s opposite loop. Continue connecting the links with chain to make the two strands, as described above.

Step 11
Next, open the moon charm’s jump ring and slide on the last link of the chain at one end of each strand. Close the jump ring again.
Step 12
Once both strands are connected to the moon charm, add a jump ring to the last link at the opposite end of one strand.
Step 13
Finally, open one more jump ring, slide on a lobster clasp, then add it to the last link at the necklace’s other end. Close this jump ring to complete the third and final of three gorgeous moon-inspired necklaces!

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