Game On: Make a Found-Object Necklace

Photos by Sharon White Photography

“As a jewelry designer, I see trends come and go. One trend that seems to have staying power is the long tassel necklace, which I absolutely love. With this particular project, I challenged myself to incorporate various found objects without them looking as such. I visited my local thrift store and poked around closets in my home and my garage shelves and came up with an assortment of metal and rubber washers, checkers game pieces, and nail polish. Mixing these non-traditional items with a chain, a stamped pendant, and a handful of beads resulted in a modern necklace that’s fun to wear in any season!” – Debbie Blair

Project Details

Artist: Debbie Blair

Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Techniques included in this project: Repurposing found objects with paint, ink, and ribbon; drilling; wire wrapping; creating tassels; metal stamping; doming metal blanks.


  • Hole punch pliers, 2mm
  • Checkers game pieces, 2
  • Acrylic paint (I used DecoArt® Plaid® Americana® paint in Light Buttermilk and DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Bronze.)
  • Paintbrush(es)
  • Cotton swab
  • Inkpad (I used Ranger Tim Holtz® Distress® Archival Ink pad in Vintage Photo.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Rope chain, 18″ of 20mm/25mm/30mm copper long-and-short rope chain
  • Jewelry adhesive (I used Beadalon® G-S Hypo Cement®.)
  • Nail polish (I used teal nail polish.)
  • Metal bead (I used a 15 x 9mm pewter bee bead.)
  • Steel wool, or Vintaj® Metal Reliefing Block
  • 24-gauge wire, 60” (I used antique brass.)
  • Rubber washers, two 1″
  • Metal washer, one ¾”
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, 21″ x ½” (I used brown-and-white polka-dot cotton ribbon.)
  • Metal blank, 25mm (I used a round copper blank from Beaducation.)
  • Masking tape
  • Bench block
  • Jewelry hammer
  • Metal stamps
    • Alphabet stamp set (I used a 3mm set.)
    • Decorative stamp (I used a flower stamp.)
  • Permanent marker, fine point (I used a fine-point Sharpie®.)
  • Pro-Polish pad
  • Dapping block with corresponding punch
  • Pliers
    • Chain- or flat-nose, 2 pair
    • Round-nose
  • Jump rings
    • 1 copper 5mm
    • 3 copper 9mm rope jump rings
  • Lobster clasp, 7 x 12mm (I used a copper clasp.)
  • Beads
    • 4 bronze size 8/0 seed beads
    • 11 assorted 8–17mm glass, resin, and wood beads (I used aqua and brown beads.)
  • Embroidery floss, 1 skein (I used teal floss.)

Discover fun ways to turn everyday items into stunning jewelry when you get the print or digital issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Fall 2018!


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