Jewelry on a Budget

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Jewelry on a Budget

Emily Rhea (11) shows off her DIY horseshoe necklace around school.

Emily Rhea (11) shows off her DIY horseshoe necklace around school.

Nevaeh Arnold

Emily Rhea (11) shows off her DIY horseshoe necklace around school.

Nevaeh Arnold

Nevaeh Arnold

Emily Rhea (11) shows off her DIY horseshoe necklace around school.

Nevaeh Arnold, Staff Reporter

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Rather than sinking my money into a single piece of jewelry, I spent a few dollars buying materials that would allow me to make several custom pieces. One of my favorite jewelry DIYs is to make a horseshoe nail necklace because there are a ton of different ways to make them. Each necklace can be unique and styled for the person who wears it.

Materials needed:

  • Horseshoe nail
  • Beads
  • Necklace cord of your choice
  • Pair of pliers

Since I have made jewelry from horseshoe nails before, I already had some nails for this project. I then purchased a small pack of beads. Since I chose to go with black for this necklace, I wanted the beads to be flashy in order to make the necklace stand out a little more. The construction of the charm is pretty simple. First, I chose a nail and, with the larger end down, I started putting the beads on. I decided on a bead pattern of small, large, small. The first small bead fit fine, however, when I tried to put the larger middle bead on, I found that the hole was a bit too small. To make the hole the size I needed, I used a Dremel tool kit and carefully drilled through the hole. Then, after putting the last bead on, I had to bend the tip of the nail in order to create a loop for the necklace cord. Then I cut a piece of cord to the desired length and threaded it through the loop. Finally, I tied the cord in a knot to secure the necklace. I will say, bending the small tip of the nail is extremely hard and can be frustrating. I may have messed up a nail, or five before I finally enlisted the help of a stronger set of hands! After seeing the final product, junior Kassie Baxley said, “It’s really pretty. Worth the anger at the end.” This necklace is creative, versatile and, for the most part, really simple to make.