Wednesday, May 18, 2022

3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 4 DIY Jewelry-Ankara Elephant Necklace Tutorial

DIY Ankara elephant necklace

This is my twist on the Ankara jewelry tutorial from the June 2020 issue of Sewn Magazine. I followed Gelenda’s instructions for the most part, but I brought in a few other elements for this piece.  The tutorial makes it easy for you to create one-of-a-kind pieces. This is a mini-tutorial for my version.

 My supplies:

  • 2 pieces of 1/2” cording/rope
  • Scrap fabric
  • A charm
  • 2 jump rings
  • Leather cording
  • Wire (spool)
  • Glue gun
I used 1/2” cording for my rings and glued the ends together before applying the tape. I used  Ankara fabric scraps from the skirt by creating folded bias strips and wrapping them around the cording until the entire ring was covered, I secured the ends with hot glue. I did that for both rings. 

I wrapped the wire around and around and around the fabric-covered cording and secured the ends by twisting the wires together and I added glue as well.

The elephant was from a necklace that was in my jewelry box.

I opted to use a long piece of soft leather cording without adding the ribbon clamps [shown] or lobster claw closing. The soft leather allows you to tie the cording around your neck, leaving it long or short.

2 handmade rope rings

 One large rope ring with a medium rope ring nestled in the middle

An elephant charm with clasps and wire

Close-up of the elephant charm

Ankara fabric to cover the rope

The large rope ring wrapped with the Ankara fabric

Both rope rings are wrapped in Ankara fabric, nestled together

The nestled rings wrapped with wire

A close-up of the wire wrapped rings

The elephant charm added to the rings

The completed ring with the elephant charm

The Charm added to a leather rope

This is the last piece in this series, I hope you're inspired to create something of your own!

The series
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 1 Putting Together A Handmade Outfit
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 2  Denim Front Tie Top
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 3 The Ankara Maxi Skirt Hack
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 4 DIY Jewelry-Ankara Elephant Necklace



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