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Kinetic metal necklace

Get your jewelry moving with micro screws and metal shapes

I’m drawn to mod looks and contemporary designs, and I love geometric shapes and movement. One day I was working with flat metal tags and micro screws and had an “a ha!” moment: The micro screws fit perfectly into the pre-existing holes in the tags, so I created a crazy-cool, kinetic design. These pieces work because they’re simple to put together, fun to wear, and they move!

Supplies

Necklace 21 in. (53 cm)

  • 3 31 mm circle tag links
  • 3 21 mm circle tags
  • 3 13 mm circle tags
  • 2 31 mm square tag links
  • 2 23 mm square tags
  • 2 13 mm square tags
  • 4 micro screw and nut sets
  • 6–7 in. (15–18 cm) silver chain, 9 mm links
  • 4–5 in. (10–13 cm) copper chain, 9 mm links
  • 2–3 in. (5–7.6 cm) gold chain, 9 mm links
  • 8 9 mm jump rings
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • flush cutters
  • file or emery board
  • E6000 adhesive

Supplies from Nunn Design, 800.761.3557, nunndesign.com.

Instructions:

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Step 1
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Step 2

1. To make the centerpiece: Choose a 31 mm (large) circle tag link, a 31 cm (large) square tag link, a 23 mm (medium) square tag, and a 13 mm (small) square tag. (Note: “Tags” have just one hole; “tag links” have two holes.)

2. On a micro screw, stack the holes of the small and medium squares, one hole of the large square, and one hole of the large circle face down.

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Step 11
11. Use jump rings to attach the remaining silver, copper, and gold chains, respectively. On each remaining end link, use a jump ring to attach half of a toggle clasp.
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Step 3
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Step 4
3. On the back of the stacked tags, use your fingers to screw a nut onto the micro screw. Apply glue to the base of the nut, then continue screwing until the nut is flush with the stacked components.

4. Use chainnose pliers to tighten the nut. Use flush cutters to trim the excess screw. File any rough edges. This is the first stack.
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Step 5
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Step 6
5. Choose a 31 mm (large) circle tag link, a 21 mm (medium) circle tag, and a 13 mm (small) circle tag.

6. On a micro screw, stack the holes of the small and medium circles, one hole of the large circle, and the remaining hole of the large square from the first stack face down. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
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Step 7
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Step 8
7. Repeat the steps to attach another stack of squares, then another stack of circles as shown. This is the centerpiece.

8. Cut two 3–3 1⁄2-in. (7.6–8.9 cm) pieces of silver chain, two 2–2 1⁄2-in. (5–6.4 cm) pieces of copper chain, and two 1–1 1⁄2-in. (2.5–3.8 cm) pieces of gold chain.
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Step 10
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Step 9
9. For the short side of the necklace: Open a jump ring. Attach one side of the centerpiece, a medium circle tag, a small circle tag, and an end link of copper chain. Close the jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach the end link of the copper chain to an end link of silver chain.

10. For the long side of the necklace: Use a jump ring to attach the other side of the centerpiece and an end link of gold chain.
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