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Tribal moon necklace

Make an easy mixed-metal necklace with ready-made chain and components


Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

The supplies for this project come from Nina Designs,, and the "item" codes listed below refer to their stock numbers. Check with Nina Designs or your local bead shop if substitutions are needed!

  • 1 42 mm crescent moon pendant (item #S2779)
  • brass circle links
  • 1 15 mm (item #VNS2405)
  • 2 12 mm (item #VNS2366)
  • 4 10 mm (from item #VNS2687)
  • 2 8 mm (from item #VNS2687)
  • 5 5 mm (from item #VNS2687)
  • 2 3 mm beads
  • 6 8 mm flat spacers (item #S385)
  • 27 in. (69 cm) 24-gauge wire, bronze finish (item #UVW419)
  • 2 16-in. (41 cm) brass cable chains with attached lobster claw clasp (item #UVCH100)
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters


Tribal moon necklace a
Photo a

1. The three smallest ring sizes come connected together. In order to use them, you’ll need to cut the links apart. Cut the center link from five components, leaving the 5 mm and 10 mm links loose. Cut the end links from two additional components to leave the 8 mm links loose.

2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire, and bend it in half. Pass the wire through a 15 mm link, a 10 mm link, and a 5 mm link. Align the cluster of links with the center outer curve of the crescent pendant, and wrap each end of the wire around the crescent three times, working in opposite directions (PHOTO A). Trim the wire ends.

Tribal moon necklace b
Photo b

3. On each side of the crescent pendant, work as in step 2 to add:

  • a 12 mm and an 8 mm cluster (PHOTO B)
Tribal moon necklace c
Photo c
  • a 10 mm and a 5 mm cluster (PHOTO C)
Tribal moon necklace d
Photo d
  • a single 5 mm link (PHOTO D)
Tribal moon necklace e
Photo e
4. Cut the clasp off of a 16-in. (41 cm) chain. Center the chain through one end of the crescent pendant, and string three spacers over both chain ends (PHOTO E). 
Tribal moon necklace f
Photo f

5. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String each end of the chain into the loop, and complete the wraps. String a 3 mm bead, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a lobster claw clasp into the loop, and complete the wraps (PHOTO F).

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other side of the necklace, but substitute a 10 mm link for the clasp.

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