Fluted Diamond Necklace
This Fluted Diamond Necklace is a beauty!
It is perfect as a stand alone accessory or it can be combined with matching earrings.
To make this Fluted Diamond necklace, you will need:
- five 2" eye pins,
- ten 4 mm jump rings,
- ten beads,
- a clasp,
- one 9" length of chain,
- five Fluted Diamonds,
- a clear, waterproof coating,
- a pin or needle,
- round nose pliers, and
- wire cutter.
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- Cut decorative paper into 1" x 1" squares. You will need 10 squares of paper to make 5 Fluted Diamonds. Fold the paper in half, unfold, and fold in half again. Use a pin to puncture a hole in the center of the paper. Remove pin.
- Fold the paper into Fluted Diamonds according to these instructions. Use a toothpick to smear a smidgen of glue on the underside of the paper. Allow glue to dry before proceeding.
- Protect the origami model from water, sweat, and natural oils by applying a clear, waterproof coating. You can brush on a layer of clear nail polish or spray on a layer of varnish or shellac. Read about sealants & coatings here. Allow sealant to dry before proceeding.
- Thread a bead onto an eye pin. Next, add a Fluted Diamond and one more bead.
- Grasp the protruding wire about an eighth of an inch above the bead. Bend the wire perpendicular to the length of the Fluted Diamond.
- Wrap the wire around the tip of the pliers to form an eye loop. This is easier to do if you have two pliers: one plier holds the wire at the bend while the other plier grasps the wire and does the wrapping. Cut off excess wire.
- Twist open two jump rings and hook them to the eye loops on either side of the beads. Connect the Fluted Diamonds side by side using jump rings. There should be two jump rings in between each Fluted Diamond. Note: open jump rings by twisting the two sides away from one another. Do not pull them apart as this will distort their shape (details here).
- Lay out the five interconnected Fluted Diamonds and measure the total length. It should be approximately 7" to 8" long.
- Cut a length of chain that is 8" to 9" long so that the combined length will be 16". Use a wire cutter and cut the chain into two equal pieces.
Sixteen inches makes for a nice length: long enough so it is not restrictive, yet short enough so it rides high above the chest. It will be slightly longer than a "choker" but shorter than a "princess" necklace. See standard necklace lengths here
- Twist open a jump ring and use it to join one end of the Fluted Diamonds to one of the chains. Repeat on the other end of the Fluted Diamonds.
- Attach a clasp: Twist open a jump ring and hook it to the last link of the necklace. Attach half of the clasp to the same jump ring and then close the ring. Attach the other half of the clasp onto the other end of the necklace (this may or may not require one more jump ring). A spring ring clasp was used here, but other clasps work just as well.
Your Fluted Diamond necklace is done!
Standard Necklace Lengths
Collar Necklace (12-13 inches): are the shortest necklaces possible. They snugly wrap around the middle section of the neck .
Choker Necklaces (14-16 inches): are the second shortest necklaces. They lie just above the collarbone near the base of the neck.
Princess Necklaces (18-20 inches): are the most common length for necklaces. They hang below the collarbone and are visible or just-visible with a standard shirt.
Matinee Necklaces (21-25 inches): are longer than your typical princess necklaces and rests on top of the bustline. The matinee can be worn outside of a buttoned shirt or blazer.
Opera Necklaces (30-35 inches): are fairly long and often rests near the breastbone below the bustline. These necklaces tend to be showy with chunky gems or prominent pendants.
Sautoir or Rope Necklace (45+ inches): very long necklaces! They can be worn super long, or can be wrapped into multiple strands of shorter necklaces. Large or heavy pendants should be avoided because they make the necklace look like it is being dragged down. end of fluted diamond necklace page