With the flair and glam factor of a 20’s-era gala, my Empire necklace is a great statement piece for all crafters to make! Inspired by anything and everything Gatsby 💯, I took creative license here to create a bit of an edgy spin with the skull and spike – if your style’s not as dark, feel free to change up the components to match your mood.
Its all about frosted crystals right now – they’ve become one of my favorite textures to use. The slightly opaque finish contrasts against the usual metallic-coated or high-shine beads and just adds a total sophistication to your piece. You can find most of these crystals on Etsy, I don’t really see much at the major craft stores, as this finish is more unusual.
To make the necklace:
Start by cutting chain – you’ll need about 4.5″ pieces, approx. 16 of them. I used gold larger link cable chain…..Cut an 18″ of large link flattened curb chain for the base of the necklace.
You’ll need 17 8mm round faceted crystals, 17 faceted rondelles, and 18 6mm faceted rondelles. If you’re into the edgy look, you’ll also need one Swarovski crystal skull, one large spike pendant and one large teardrop faceted crystal bead. Change up those three components based on the style of necklace you’re creating.
Create bead links from the rondelles and faceted rounds and eye pins – connect a 6mm rondelle link to an 8mm rondelle link, then the faceted round. Repeat 15 more times until you have 16 total beaded links.
At the bottom of each faceted round, loop in the middle link of the 4.5″ chain to create a fringy look – repeat to finish off each beaded link.
For the central, focal drop, connect a 6mm rondelle to an 8mm rondelle. Then, create a bead link from the skull and add. Create a link from the last 6mm rondelle, and add it to the last faceted round link. Now, add your large teardrop and spike.
Use 6mm jump rings to connect that largest focal drop to the very center link of the 18″ piece of curb chain.
Connect 8 beaded drops on either side of the focal, connecting each to the next link of the 18″ curb chain.
To finish, simply add a lobster and extender chain to the ends of the curb chain.
If you’ve got a few more supplies left and straggler beads, make matching earrings and a bracelet! I created mine from more beaded links and chain drops……mix it up, depending on what types of extras you’ve got!