October 4, 2012

Skeleton Key Necklace Project

 ooh, it's my favorite holiday season this month... I absolutely love Halloween!  My studio is filled with cool little skulls and spooky keys and creepy bones and other scary stuff!  I made these adorable little skull links recently so I wanted to design a quick Gothy necklace with them, and I came up with this Skeleton Key design.  I have kits available in my Etsy shop for a limited time. Here's how I made it:
1. Open one large jump ring and attach the frame, pewter skull, and bronze key to the bottom hole of the skull link.  Use the extra large jump ring to attach the top of the skull link to the hole in the keyhole component.
2. String 1 newsprint bead onto an eyepin. Trim the wire down to about 1/4" and form a simple loop at the top of the bead using round nose pliers to make a bead link.  Use 1 medium jump ring to attach the bead link to the loop in one side of the keyhole component. Use 1 medium jump ring to attach the top of the bead link to the pewter bone link. Repeat on the other side.
3. Cut 24" of cord.  Fold in half at the center and thread through the bone link, pull through about an inch and open the loop. Thread the ends of the cord through the loop and pull tight to form a lark's head knot. Repeat this step on the other side.
4. Trim the cord to your desired necklace length.  Place the two cord ends on one side together inside the cord crimp.  Fold the ends of the crimp over and tighten the cord ends inside.  Repeat on the other side.  Attach the hook clasp to one cord end.  Attach a medium jump ring and key charm onto the other cord end.

1 Earthenwood ceramic skull link
1 keyhole component with multiple links
2 bronze key charms
1 gunmetal frame charm
1 pewter sugar skull charm
2 accent beads (these are rolled paper)
2 gunmetal bone links
48" of thin faux leather cording
1 gunmetal hook clasp
5 brass medium jump rings
1 large gunmetal jump ring
1 extra large gunmetal jump ring
2 gunmetal eyepin
2 brass cord ends

Skeleton Key Necklace Kits available in my Etsy shop

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.


  1. What a super necklace! This is wonderful jewelry of Halloween and very topping tutorial:)