July 1, 2010

DIY Vintage Dress Clip Necklace Tutorial

You can find charming vintage dress clips at almost any flea market or vintage store. They were popular in the 1950's and 60's, when they embellished clothes and shoes. But how do you wear them in more modern, much less dressy times? I recommend upcycling these inexpensive, rhinestone-covered beauties into a lovely necklace in just a few simple steps!

First, find a dress clip you like (top left). Turn it over, and take a look at where the clip part connects to the front (top right). Using needlenose pliers, gently bend the round connector out to the side, and then remove the clip (middle left). Bend the connector out on the other side as well (middle right). I chose to bend mine at a 90 degree angle so that they will not poke into me when I wear the necklace (bottom left). Attach jump rings to each connector (bottom right). I used the size pictured because it was what I had, but you could use smaller ones as well. Just make sure they're large enough for both the connector and a chain.

Choose a chain in a style and length you like, and thread it through both rings. Then put on your new necklace, and enjoy!

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