Frayed Ribbon Necklace

Tropical, lush with ribbons and an abundance of art beads – what’s not to love!

This adjustable necklace design features a double-strand section of silk dupioni ribbon that will fray with wear until it is lively and fringed. The assorted shapes and bright colors are happy and cheerful, but the design could also be made with muted ribbon and a less eclectic bead assortment for a more restrained look.

– 2-16 inch pieces of peacock silk dupioni ribbon, 3/4 inches wide
– 2 antique brass Basket Weave Ribbon End Bars, 1/2 inch
– 5 inches of antique brass Really Round Cable Chain, 5×6 mm links
– 11 antique brass Rectangle Jump Rings, 9×12 mm
– 12 antique brass Headpins, 1 1/2 inch
– 12 assorted Elaine Ray Ceramic Beads, 6-25mm
– 24 antique brass Teeny Weeny Posey Caps, 6mm
– 1 antique brass Spring Clasp, 12 mm

– Scissors
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers

1. Place the very end of both pieces of ribbon inside one of the ribbon end bars. Using the chain nose pliers flatten the end bar until it is closed securely on the ribbon. Repeat with the remaining end bar on the other end of the ribbons.

2. Thread a head pin through a posey cap and then through one of the ceramic beads. Add a second posey cap and then use your round nose pliers to wrap the head pin and form a wrapped loop. Repeat with all beads and posey caps until you have 12 bead dangles.

3. Using your chain nose pliers to open the links separate a four-link section of chain. Set aside. Open the end link on the longer section and thread it through the loop on one of the ribbon end bars. Close the chain link securely. Open the link on the other end of this section and thread it through the loop on one of the smaller bead dangles. Close securely.

4. Attach the remaining section of chain to the necklace in a similar manner. Attach the spring ring clasp by opening the link at the end of the chain section with your chain nose pliers. Close securely.

5. Use your chain nose pliers to open one of the rectangular jump rings. Thread the ring through one of the bead dangles and then around the ribbon strands. Close securely. Repeat using remaining jump rings and bead dangles until all beads are attached to the necklace.

Click here for a printable version of this tutorial.  This project has been reprinted with permission from Ornamentea.

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7 Comment

  1. somethingunique
    March 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Heather, wowza i just love this design, i think of spring/summer with a cute pair of jean shorts and a pheasant top barefoot on a beach. ttfn Lana

  2. Mandy
    March 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    That's adorable! It would never have occurred to me to put those things together. Thanks so much for the tutorial and the inspiration!

  3. CraftCrave
    March 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Cynthia
    March 12, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for using my design, Heather, its an honor to be here on the ABS blog!


  5. Work Of Our Hands
    March 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    very nice!

  6. Elaine Ray
    March 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Nice to have my beads at the Art Bead Scene! Thanks!

  7. Dana Summers
    March 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Just can't wait to make my very own version of this!!! Love it thanks so much!

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