hey guys. want to make some inexpensive chains for your jewelry? want an easy and customizable choker? want to subtly show your love of fishing while still being emo? want to let everyone around you know you’re stuck in the midwest? (that last one is a joke…mostly.)
if so, welcome back to another Weird Shit You Might Find Useful tutorial. today we’re gonna be making a chain (or multiple chains) using some barrel swivels.
these bad boys are size 10, but you can get bigger or smaller sizes depending on the look you‘re going for. there’re a ton of colors (black, gold, silver, bronze, red), but if you don’t find one you like, there’s always acrylic paint. make a neon green one or something!
anyways, i ended up using about 2 packs of these, but depending on your neck size, you may need one more or less. there were around 7 swivels per pack, i think—you can get em from any fishing, sports, or tackle shop. if it has a fishing section, chances are it has these. and the best part?
this entire thing cost me about $2. two dollars and whatever you have laying around to throw on afterwards.
so, you‘ll need your packs of swivels, some small pliers, and a clasp (you don’t need the ring, i just took it off of an old necklace).
start with one swivel. make sure these are the ones with interlocking snaps/safety clasps/whatever else. as long as they have one end that opens up. use the pliers to press down on the snap. this should be enough to open it up and push up the metal flap that was holdin it down. put the other end of a second swivel through the snap of the first one.
you can use your fingers to close them up, but you should probably use the pliers to press down on that metal flap so it stays connected (and doesn’t poke you).
just Keep Doing That until you have a chain long enough for whatever purposes you need. mine was a choker, so not too long. you can use smaller sizes of swivels to make rings, you can add these as chains to your clothes, you can make bracelets or longer necklaces, or do whatever else. when you’re done, just add a clasp or other appropriate fastener.
now that you’ve got this part of the choker done, you can do a lot with it. each clasp has 4 different points to attach something—add charms, safety pins, charms made by threading things THROUGH safety pins, more chains, or part of a (de-hooked!!) rig or lure hung from the center.
i used some leftover Fake Egg Beads from another lure and some safety pins on mine. here’s the result:
that’s really it—hope you enjoyed :] (i’ll probably make a separate post with the finished photo, too)
late night niss is so funny and seeing all the stuff on my dash is so interesting /genuine. but pls take care of yourself my love and go to sleep soon!! i shouldn’t even be saying anything cuz i stay up till 3 or 4am all the time, but still!! hope you’re have a good night and that you’re able to get some rest!! ily!! ❤️❤️
do u know that i love u bc if u don’t then i love u :). i am currently feeling drunk even tho i have never been drunk maybe it’s sleep deprivation but i will try 💓💕💗💕💕💕💗💖💞