One of the easiest ways to turn a simple chain into an elegant necklace is by introducing a gradual size change – thicker in the center, thinner at the ends. Stick with the Spider Approved™ ring sizes, and use every wire gauge. The change from one size to the next will be subtle enough that your overall necklace will give the illusion of magically and evenly changing size. Gorgeous effect!
Round weaves are the best choice for this type of necklace, and some of them are especially well suited. Full Persian, Birdcage, and Double Spiral are my personal favorites.
It’s up to you how long the necklace should be, and how rapid the size shift should be. Just do what seems prettiest to you. Here’s how I go about planning a size-graduated necklace:
3) Switch to the next (smaller) ring size, and build that second size until it looks “right” in the mirror. It might save you some squinting if you use a twist-tie to mark where you changed sizes so that you can make the sides symmetrical.
Here’s a map of the necklace in the example pictures. I wanted the size change to be a bit more dramatic near the center of the necklace, so those sections are a bit shorter. I used a selection of Birdcage sizes from the sample grid of good ring sizes. You can find more information about this specific necklace (including a kit) on the project maps page.
And remember – the simple end-to-end size graduation is timeless and classic, but that’s not your only option! For instance…
I hope you’re now inspired to make your own necklace. Please show me how it turns out!