Same old story with most of my DIYs. I have an idea of a something I’d like (in this case, a metal detachable collar), I go to the store and can’t find anything thats just right (even the expensive ones aren’t quite right) so I go home and make it.
The metal collar necklaces I found in stores, their curves didn’t quite sit right along my neck and collarbones. Thanks to A Pair and a Spare, I found the perfect material: Aluminium Roof Flashing. I got it for $6.35 a metre at my local hardware store (such friendly staff!) it’s flexible and easy to work with and you can cut it with ordinary scissors. This was my first time using this medium, and it worked amazingly.
Metal Collar Tutorial
Tools and Materials: Aluminium Roof Flashing (You only need the size of an A4 page)
3 Silver Jumprings
Silver Chain (Use large links so that the necklace height is adjustable)
Lobster clasp (or other silver jewellery closures)
Scissors (I used an old blunt pair, so as to not ruin my good set)
Needles/pins of various thicknesses
Before we start: Basically, this necklace is made up of two halves of the collar (think of a shirt collar) joined with a jump ring and fastened with chain around the back.
This Tutorial can be summed up in 6 simple steps:
- Make a pattern of your collar from paper
- Trace said pattern onto your aluminium flashing, leaving 5mm of ‘seam allowance’
- Cut out the two pieces and cut the corners off at 45 degrees and trimming the seam allowance like a fringe
- Fold over the fringing to make a smooth edge
- Use the pins to pierce holes to join the two pieces at the centre with a jump ring
- Pierce holes and use the remaining 2 jump rings to attach a chain and lobster clasp
In case you want better instruction I’ve written out what I did in more detail: