One night late last summer, my friend Ariel of Ariel Gordon Jewelry and I were commiserating over the phone about the pandemic, parenting, the election . . . the overall state of the world, to be honest. By the end of the conversation, and perhaps after a couple glasses of wine, we decided to join forces on DIY jewelry kits. Desperate for collaboration, pure delight and something to do with idle hands, we started brainstorming and meeting (masked) in each other's backyards over the course of a few months to design three happy-inducing DIY kits. As Spring finally approaches, the timing couldn't feel more right to launch our kits. We had so much fun creating them, Ariel and I hope you feel the same when making them.
The third of the three kits is 110% fun and inspired by our need to stay organized and to keep ourselves from loosing our keys, sunglasses, masks . . . and maybe most of all, our minds. It includes brass keychain hardware, eyeglass chain ends and a whole lotta amazing beads and pearls curated by Ariel and I! There are enough beads to make a keychain and a sunglass or eyeglass chain. Again, these are meant for you to get creative with . . . we give you permission to make whatever inspires you!
AGJ x HWTF DIY Keychain & Sunglass Chain Kit (includes:)
- 3 cords (one thin, two thick)
- 2 brass keychain hardware
- 2 sunglass chain ends
- assorted beads
- beading needle
- Don't Lose Your SH!T DIY Bead Kit
Additional Supplies Needed:
Use the thicker cord for the keychain. Fold the cord in half and thread the loop through the base of the keychain hardware. Fold the loop over the hardware and thread the ends of the cord through.
Thread the beads onto both cords.
Note: not all beads included will fit over the doubled up thicker cord. You can reserve those smaller beads for a project with the thinner cord!
Tie the end into a double knot and trim the ends.
Thread the thin cord through one of the eyeglass chain ends. Tie it into a double knot. Trim any excess but leave about 2-3cm of cord. To secure it properly, burn the very tip of the end of that cord until the cord melts into a small ball. This will prevent the knot from slipping.
Use the provided needle and thread the beads on one by one.
Continue until you've reached the desired length.
Thread on the other chain end, tie into a double knot, trim and then carefully burn the end.