Fade To Black Skull Necklace Tutorial

Written by
Summer & Sondra
Published on
October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM PDT October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM PDTst, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM PDT

Created by: Summer Melaas and Sondra Barrington


Designer Tips

  • File the drop loops, to give the gluing surface more "tooth". See "Gluing to Metal" Technique Sheet below for additional gluing tips.
  • Mix 2-part epoxy per manufacturer instructions.
  • Glue one drop loop to top of 10mm black skull.
  • Glue a drop loop onto top and bottom of the 14mm and 18mm skull.
  • Allow glued items to dry.
  • Use the non-tarnish silver wire, and wire-wrap links to connect the skulls with 4mm rondelles, in this order: 18mm skull - 4mm rondelle - 14mm skull - 4mm rondelle - 10mm skull.
    For step-by-step instructions on making wire-wrapped loops, see: Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF)
  • Cut chain to desired length. Summer cut three 18" gunmetal and two 18" white plate chains.

  • Wire wrap a link connecting the 5 chains to the clasp with a 4mm and 6mm rondelle stacked together. (Repeat for other half of clasp.)
  • Add a large jump ring to the top of the skull dangle and loop it around all 5 chains. Close the jump ring.
This necklace pairs great with the Iron Man stud earrings!

Design Option Consideration: When we created this necklace, the skull charm settings & skull connector settings didn't yet exist so we used drop loops to create our own charms & connectors. Either method / components would work! The settings are more durable, but we also like the minimalist look with the drop loops.

Suggested Supplies

  • #60-215-100 Adhesive, Swarovski CG500
  • 1 each #02-856-10-24 Swarovski 2856 Flatback Skull, 10x7.5mm - Jet
  • 1 each #02-856-14-79 Swarovski 2856 Flatback Skull, 14x10.5mm - Jet Hematite
  • 1 each #02-856-18-400 Swarovski 2856 Flatback Skull, 18x14mm - Crystal Silver Night
  • 1 gross [use 5 pieces] #43-003-1 White Plated Drop Loop, 4x9mm, Oval
  • 4 each #05-045-04-400 Swarovski 5045 Rondelle Bead, 4mm - Silver Night
  • 2 each #05-045-06-400 Swarovski 5045 Rondelle Bead, 6mm - Silver Night
  • 1 spool [use about 1 foot] #46-454-21 Artistic Wire Silver Plated Copper Jewelry Wire, 24ga, 45ft
  • 1 each #39-152-08-GM TierraCast Gunmetal Toggle Clasp, Classic
  • 5 feet #40-090-60-9 Gunmetal Flat Cable Chain by the FOOT, 1.9mm
  • 3 feet #40-090-60-1 White Plated Flat Cable Chain by the FOOT, 1.9mm
  • 1 ounce [use 1 piece] #37-100-1 White Plated Jump Ring, Round, Assorted Sizes

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