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One of my favorite TV shows right now is Small Space, Big Style. It’s a home decorating show where people show off their tiny apartments and houses. In a small space, furniture often serves more than one purpose. For example, instead of using a separate dresser in the bedroom, you might put drawers below your bed for storage. Or your small end tables in the living room might double for seating when you have a party. I love the idea of transforming items and using them for more than one purpose.
I feel the same way about jewelry.
That’s one reason I love all the Bead Gallery bracelets. You could wear them as is. Or with a few simple steps, you could create an entire wardrobe of interchangeable necklaces.
Here’s what you need to make your own Beaded Choker:
More Ideas on How to Turn a Bracelet Into a Necklace
It’s hard to stop at just one necklace! Here are a two more ideas:
Use double strands of large silver-toned curb chain with a purple iris seed bead bracelet. Not a fan of purple? Try the turquoise bracelet.
Use the same silver-and-gold chain as the original, but use a braided seed bead bracelet instead of one with loose strands. There are many color options available.Remember that with this project you can still wear the bracelets as bracelets. Just connect the two lobster clasps to each other. Have fun!
Michelle Mach is a jewelry designer in Colorado. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Jewelry Stringing, Beadwork, BeadStyle, and others. She also edits jewelry how-to books, most recently Fine Art Wire Weaving, Bead Metamorphosis, and Mastering Herringbone Stitch. She is the author of Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components.