Victorian Choker Necklace,
Jewelry Making Instructions


Make a unique Victorian choker necklace with easy jewelry making instructions. Beading is great for teen crafts and projects!

Make a unique Victorian choker necklace with easy jewelry making instructions.

Beading is for great teen crafts and projects!

If you, or your teenager, are looking for teen crafts, try jewelry making!

Unique beaded necklaces, like choker necklaces, can be easy to make... Create a Victorian style necklace with trim from your local fabric shop!

Learning how to make a choker is a great teen craft project. So, try this simple, beginner beading project.

With easy beaded necklace instructions, your teen will make a funky beaded choker, and be the envy her friends!

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Bead Beaded Necklace Instructions: How to Make a Choker Necklace

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

Time to Complete: About 30 minutes, but allow the glue to dry and set overnight.

Bead Prerequisite Beading Technique:

None. If you know how to cut and glue ribbon or material, you can make this easy project that's suitable for teens. Cool, huh?

Bead Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 1/4" (0.6 cm) width velvet ribbon or rope
  • flower trim
  • beaded netted trim
  • 2 10mm choker clamp ends
  • 2 split rings
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • 8" (20.3 cm) dinner plate (optional)
  • fabric glue
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • tape (painters, masking or Scotch® tape)
  • writing pen

Victorian Choker Necklace Project
Top to Bottom: Velvet Rope, Flower Trim, Beaded Netted Trim



Bead Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • chain nose pliers
  • split ring pliers
  • sewing scissors or shears

Here's more information on how to use jewelry pliers.

Bead Jewelry Making Instructions

1. Gather supplies and tools.

Tear a piece of tape from the roll and temporarily tape it aside nearby.

2. Determine the finished length (see the note below) of your Victorian choker necklace. Subtract 3/4" (1.9 cm) from that length (to account for the length of the clasp).

The finished length of my choker necklace is 15 1/4" (38.7 cm) long, so the length of my velvet rope is 14 3/4" (37.5 cm).

How to Measure Your Necklace for a Custom Fit...

Note: Choker necklaces are usually 14 - 16" (35.6 - 40.6 cm) in length. To get a custom length, wrap the velvet ribbon or rope around your neck at the level at which you want to wear your choker necklace. (I'm going to wear mine midway up my neck.)

Keeping your index finger and thumb at the point on the rope where one end meets the other, remove the velvet rope from around your neck.

Use the tape measure or ruler to measure the length.

Place the piece of tape at that point and write the measurement on the tape.

3. With the scissors, cut the velvet rope at that length measurement.

4. Measure and cut each of the other two trim materials 1/4" (.6 cm) shorter than the velvet rope. The length of my beaded netted trim and flower trim is 14 1/2" (36.8 cm). Cutting this small amount of material will allow the velvet rope to fit into the choker clamp without interference from the other materials.

When cutting the beaded netted trim, try to cut it so that you keep whole sections on the length of the trim you'll use in the Victorian choker. In the picture below, I'll use the section of trim on the right to make my choker necklace.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project



5. Starting about 1/8" (0.3 cm) in from the end of the velvet rope, place a line of fabric glue down its center along its entire length, stopping about 1/8" (0.3 cm) in from the other end.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


6. With its right side up (if there is a noticeable side), place the netted trim's ribbon edge onto the velvet rope over the glue line. Line up the top of the ribbon edge of the netted trim just below the edge of the velvet rope.

With your fingers, press the ribbon edge of the netted trim into the velvet rope spreading the glue.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


7. On the flower trim, on the back of each flower place a dot or dab of fabric glue.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


8. With its right side up, center the flower trim in the middle of the velvet rope over the ribbon edge of the beaded netted trim.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


Victorian Choker Necklace Project


9. Assemble the clasp (see note below).

Using split ring pliers (or your fingers), open a split ring and work one half of the choker clamp end into it.

Repeat the process for the second split ring and choker clamp end.

On one of the split rings attach the lobster claw clasp.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


Note: If you've never used split ring pliers to open split rings, learn how with these instructions: How to Open Split Rings (how to open and close jump rings instructions are on the page too.

10. Attach each choker clamp end to both necklace ends.

If you're right-handed, with the back of the necklace facing you, slide the choker clamp end with the split ring onto the right end of the Victorian choker necklace. Slide the other choker clamp end onto the other end of the Victorian choker necklace.

If you're left-handed, with the back of the necklace facing you, slide the choker clamp end with the split ring onto the left end of the Victorian choker necklace. Slide the other choker clamp end onto the other end of the Victorian choker necklace.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


11. Using the chain nose pliers, squeeze one side of the choker clamp end, then squeeze the other side, to secure the clamp.

Repeat for the second choker clamp end.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project


12. You're done. Allow the glue to completely dry before wearing.

Victorian Choker Necklace Project
Back of necklace closure.


Victorian Choker Necklace Project


Victorian Choker Necklace Modeled

Victorian Choker Necklace Project



Beautiful...Reminiscent of times gone by, but still fashionable and chic today!

Your teenager, or you, will enjoy wearing this beaded floral motif choker. And, because you won't need a lot of time to make it, you can enjoy a great "mommy and me" afternoon together creating this great jewelry making teen project!

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