- An awl
- A small round plate
- About a foot of gold chain
- A lobster clasp and four jump rings
- A small needle
- Gold-colored thread
- Metallic faux leather, which can be found at trimming stores or online.
- A pencil
- A paper file folder
Step 1 —
Place the plastic plate on the paper file folder. Trace around the plate with a pencil.
Step 2 —
From the “3 O’Clock” point on the circle, make a line about 2 1/2 inches long that slopes down at about a 45-degree angle.
Step 3 —
At the “6 O’Clock” point on the circle, draw a small, straight line pointing down, about 1/2 of an inch long.
Step 4 —
Connect the two lines from steps 2 and 3, making this line curve slightly.
Step 5 —
Cut out this shape you create in steps 2-4. This will be your collar template.
Step 6 —
On the back of the metallic faux-leather, trace around your template with the pencil. Flip the stencil over on the material, so this shape mirrors the one you just created, and trace.
Step 7 —
Cut out both collar pieces.
Step 8 —
Using the awl, poke a hole at the narrow end of the collar slightly away from the edge, being careful not to tare the material. Repeat for the other piece of the collar.
Step 9 —
Using the pliers, open a jump ring and thread it through one of the holes you created in step 8. Keep the jump ring open, and repeat this step for the other piece of the collar.
Step 10 —
Cut a 2, 4 1/2 inch section’s of chain — you should be able to do this easily with a pair of scissors.
Step 11 —
Attach one end of one of the chain pieces you created in step 10 onto one of the open jump rings. Close the jump ring, and attach the other piece of chain to the other collar piece.
Step 12 —
Using the pliers, open a jump ring and attach it to the end of one of the chains. Attach the lobster-claw clasp, and close the jump ring.
Step 13 —
Thread about 6 inches of gold thread onto your needle and tie a not. Take the two pieces of collar and slightly overlap the top points on the wider end, making sure the top lines up. Poke the needle through the overlapping area through the back, so your knot won’t be visible once your collar is finished.
Step 14 —
Make a few more stitches on this overlapping area to secure the two pieces of collar together. Make the stitches as small as possible, so they aren’t very noticeable.
Step 15 —
Flip the collar over and trim the thread, leaving about two inches of thread to tie with. Tie the two ends of the thread together into a double knot.
Step 16 —
Put your collar on as you would wear a necklace. Make sure that you clasp the necklace tight enough so that the top of the collar lines up with the top of your shirt. If you have a lot of excess chain, cut it off with the scissors.