Make Shrink Plastic Jewelry without any tools + the trick to adjustable necklaces!

  • Prep Time
    30 - 45 min
  • Total Time
    30 - 45 min
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I love making necklaces that are adjustable in length – they fit over the head, but can be adjusted so they are short and pretty too. An adjustable necklace or bracelet is really quite easy to make but there is -like most crafts- a trick to it. I always use leather or faux leather string for these. They are smooth, tie well and don’t become loose again.

You can make adjustable necklaces with shells or shrinking plastic pieces. Learn how to make them here

Find the jump rings in many different sizes online or in your local craft store. The plastic string is from the itsy bitsy store. It’s very thin and easy for children to use when stringing beads, yet strong and not easy to break.



Step 1

Start by getting all your jewelry accessories out. You will need beads, string -either elastic or faux leather- and most importantly jump rings.

Step 2

Start by attaching the jump rings to the Shrink Plastic pieces. I don’t use any tools when fixing the jump rings. I just use a fork to expand the ring -by simply pressing it down on one of the tines- and a scissor to squeeze the two ends together again.

Step 3

To make the adjustable necklace, start by putting the pendant on a leather or faux leather string measuring around 40cm and lay it like this

Step 4

Tie the end of both strings with a simple knot onto the longer string

Step 5

You will now have an adjustable necklace. Pull the string pieces marked with the red arrows to adjust the length.

Step 6

It’s a very simple design but works really well for both necklaces and bracelets.

Step 7

You can also make a personalized charm bracelet. Follow step 3 to add the jump rings to your Shrink Plastic charms. Use an elastic string for this, so it can easily slip the bracelet on to your hand and off again. Use your favourite beads and design. Hope you liked this post. Please let me know how you got on with it and don’t forget to share pictures of you own creations below. Happy crafting!

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