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Chain bib necklace

Drape one long piece of chain in layers of links

Hands down, this will be the easiest bib necklace you ever make. Start with a few feet of pretty chain (I used brushed vermeil). Then, drape lengths back and forth across your hand and watch the bib take shape. If a few links hang askew, don’t worry about it — go for a look that’s sculptural, not symmetrical.


Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 4–6 ft. (1.2–1.8 m) chain, 35–50 mm links
  • 8–13 in. (20–33 cm) chain, 7–10 mm links
  • 2 6–12 mm oval jump rings
  • 2 4–6 mm jump rings
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 


  • 2 35–50 mm linked-circle findings
  • 2 5–6 mm jump rings (optional)
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

Large-link chain and linked-circle findings from Lita Trading, Large oval jump rings from Rings & Things, Check your local bead store for supplies.


Chain bib necklace 1
Step 1
Open two oval jump rings and cut two 4–6-in. (10–15 cm) pieces of 7–10 mm link chain. Hold up your non-dominant hand and hang the end link of the 35–50 mm link chain on your thumb. Drape the chain and hang a link on your pinkie.
Chain bib necklace 2
Step 2
Continue draping the chain back and forth, hanging links on your thumb and pinkie, until the bib is the desired shape and size. (Simply redo the draping process if you don’t like how the bib looks.) Do not trim the excess chain yet.
Chain bib necklace 3
Step 3
With your free hand, use chainnose pliers to pick up an oval jump ring. Attach one set of links and a piece of 7–10 mm link chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other side. Trim excess 35–50 mm chain if necessary.
Chain bib necklace 4
Step 4
Check the fit, and trim 7–10 mm link chain from each end if necessary. On each end, use a 4–6 mm jump ring to attach half of a toggle clasp.
The larger the links, the less chain you’ll need. I used 5 ft. (1.5 m) for my necklace.
Chain bib necklace 5
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach a linked-circle finding and close the loop. If the finding doesn’t have a drilled hole, attach it with a jump ring.
Chain bib necklace 7
Step 2
Make a second earring. You can also use leftover small-link chain for earrings.
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