Design and Make Your Own Statement Necklace with For the Makers

By ·co-founders at For the Makers

Class Project

Create a personalized statement necklace using chain, thread and sliced agate

Ever wander through your favorite boutique and wonder how jewelry designers make all those killer statement necklaces? With this class, you can save a few hundred dollars and get the satisfaction of saying you made it yourself. 

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We founded For the Makers to make DIY-ing fashion-forward accessories accesible to anyone and we're using our experience working with Kate Spade, Anthropologie and Marc Jacobs to do just that. 

This class will be loved by both the absolute jewelry beginner and anyone who has dabbled in jewelry but wants to up their game a bit. 

What You'll Learn

We’ll start with jewelry basics including...

  • How to use jewelry pliers and shop for the perfect materials.  
  • How to find inspiration
  • The design process we use when designing for major brands.

You’ll learn how to work with chain, cord, and stones to design and make a custom necklace.

The Project

When you leave this class you’ll have a statement necklace and tips on how to use what you learned to make endless necklace and bracelet styles.

You'll look through the resources provided to determine which necklace silhouette you'd like to make and you'll create the basic layout and measure and cut your chain. Using our wrapping, technique you'll connect the layers of chain and attach the agate and the clasp. We’ll show you ways to personalize your necklace with additional materials and possible style and color variations to build on the skills you learned.

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Materials & Supplies

This class is FREE to join and you'll be able to buy a pre-packaged box of lovingly sourced supplies from For the Makers for $29. The only other tools you'll need are:

Project Award

Our favorite five projects will be featured on our blog and we'll include an interview of the creator of our absolute favorite.  

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Prerequisites

We’ll cover everything you need to get designing and complete your first necklace. If you already have a basic understanding of jewelry-making we’ll show you ways to add a few things to your design repertoire. Students are encouraged to order a kit that includes all the materials needed to complete a statement necklace. This will make your shopping a breeze and leave you the time to make something rad. You’ll need a few tools to complete your project. TOOLS + a pair of flat nose pliers + scissors + jewelry clippers + a permanent marker or white out

Level: Beginner

Katie Covington + Janet Crowther

co-founders at For the Makers

This class is co-taught For the Makers co-founders Janet Crowther and Katie Covington

We’ve studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Penland School of Crafts. Between us we have designed for everyone from Target to Henri Bendels. Our work has appeared in almost every fashion publication.

By working with companies like Kate Spade, Anthropologie and Marc Jacobs we learned the ins and outs of dealing with suppliers, both in New York’s fashion district and abroad. As the constant go-tos for friends looking for the perfect bead, ribbon or fabric and champions of small wholesalers and suppliers, we started For the Makers to create the resource we had always wished we existed.  We believe DIY should be fun and easy. It shouldn’t involve trips to multiple stores and blogs to gather everything you need. We created For the Makers because we know how hard it is to find quality materials out there.  We’re one part magazine, one part coolest craft store ever. We source the best materials from all over the world and deliver them to your door, letting you skip straight to the fun part. For the Makers has appeared in Martha Stewart, Forbes, Lucky Magazine, and New York Magazine.

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    • At a Glance

    • Video Lessons
    • 295 Students
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    • Lifetime Access
    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

    • Do teachers give project feedback?

      Teachers design and present all class content, but Skillshare is community based around student-to-student interaction. You'll be surprised at what you learn from your classmates!

    • When does a class end?

      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

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