Design Thrift Blog: DIY BASICS: basic techniques: making wire wrapped links infographic
As I was making the upcoming tutorial for the ladder necklace it occurred to me that making wire wrapped links was going to be a large part of the project. So I decided to make an info-graphic for wire wrapped links as a reference guide to anybody who would like to make the ladder necklace but does not know how to make wire wrapped links. This is part of the on-going DIY BASICS section of the blog. I will be slowly trying to get these DIY basic techniques up and have them all in one section soon. That way anybody following along will always know where to go to refresh their memory on a certain material or technique they aren't sure about. These are very time consuming to make, between the photography, editing the images and then creating the graphic this one took about 6 hours, so please credit me and link back here if using this graphic on your blog or social media.


Design Thrift blog: DIY inspiration: ladder statement necklace

Design Thrift blog: DIY inspiration: ladder statement necklace
Image sources: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six 
Images on model: Vanessa Mooney

Today I wanted to explore the DIY possibilities of a statement making "ladder necklace". There are a lot of variations of the ladder necklace, but a few things they all seem to have in common is their length, the use of chain and obviously the ladder portion being made up of multiple strands of beads to form the focal point. Some have tassels on the end, and some don't. The basic silhouette is usually the same but the variations of colors and materials used are endless. Some have a distinct Native American feel, made with deer leather and bone beads and feathers, others have a more tribal feel using metals and trade beads and I've seen a few that can be downright elegant like this one from Anthropologie.
Whichever style you prefer, they are relatively easy to make and very DIY-able. I will be making one of my own in a tutorial later this week, taking inspiration from a few of the Vanessa Mooney pieces shown above. So don't forget to check back and see the step-by-step process!


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