Try This: Hardware Store Necklace

Have to make this! Jewelry with unique hardware store hardware (click through for more)This post isn’t as much of a DIY as it is a reminder to stop and look at ordinary objects in front of you every once in a while for hidden potential. I was recently in the plumbing area at the hardware store (over near the copper pipes) when I saw the usual bins of nuts and bolts. But wait a minute—there were some really cool looking bits of tubing and other items I thought would make some interesting beads when put together. After digging through the bins for a good 15 minutes, I thought the compression nutshose barb splicers, and compression sleeves would be my favorite items to use for a necklace (although you could definitely use them on a bracelet as well!). There are different sizes of each type, which lets you have variation of scale for your finished piece as well.

Have to make this! Jewelry with unique hardware store hardware (click through for more Have to make this! Jewelry with unique hardware store hardware (click through for more I used a leather cord for my chain and finished the ends with cord crimps and a lobster claw closure. If you’re wondering if this necklace is heavy, it’s actually not any heavier than other statement necklaces I have. I think because all the pieces are hollow (and the compression sleeves are super lightweight), it’s not nearly as heavy as it looks. Overall, you can really play around with the pieces to create a modern looking design at a fraction of what it would cost you in a retail boutique. So remember, don’t forget to keep your eyes open wherever you are. You never know what you’ll find! xo. Laura

Credits// Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • I love the statement necklace!! And I love that you made this!! So creative!

  • LOVE this! Looks original and beautiful 🙂

  • I love the idea of repurposing things! It’s so unique!

  • Hi Michelle! Here’s one of our hand-stamping tutorials: Once you buy the initial supplies ( jeweler’s bench block and punch stamps) it’s a fairly inexpensive project. 🙂 -Jacki

  • Hi there,
    I am fascinated by your ideas. You make it look simple and easy.
    I would like to ask what is the expected initial investment for starting making stamp jewelry. I am in love with stamped bracelet, and as we know the starting price at a retail store is around $29 each. So I am thinking about doing my own. But I am not very artistic, so I am afraid of investing a lot.
    Any advice?!


  • Love this masculine spark, gold or steel!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • this is actually such a pretty necklace! I think i’ll have a rummage around in my dads toolbox and see what i can create, i love this idea! xx

  • I love this! The look is great!! -momo

  • It’s amazing the things you can make with ordinary objects.


  • Wow, this is so cute! Great idea 🙂

  • Love this, chunky jewellery is the way forward

  • Wow! This looks so awesome! An amazing piece of jewelry and so cool!

  • A really nice idea. It has been a trend here (Denmark) for a while. Please remember though, that hardware supply is not approved for skin contact and can contain nickel and/or other substances that can cause allergy.

  • I love this idea, the necklace looks really cool!


  • So creative and pretty! I like the gold against black. THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

  • This is so cute! I’ve seen various jewelry made with nuts and bolts before but I’ve never really liked them. This actually looks really great!

  • I make all of my own necklaces, I love the freedom I get with it, and its so much cheaper! 🙂

  • It looks really pretty and interesting! I was wondering about the weight but I’m glad you spoke about it! Phew 🙂

    Xoxo Jessy

  • How funky! I love it!


  • I confess: This actually looks much cooler than I expected 🙂

  • I love the gold! So much more fun than the typical silver/grey shade of nuts and bolts.

  • Love this!! Definitely going to try!


  • Dang! That actually looks pretty legit. Love it!


  • This is so cute, and so me! I do technical theatre work and this gives me a great idea on making earrings out of gobos!

    Thanks so much 🙂

  • This is great!! I’ll have to try this real soon, as my trip to the hardware store is really soon!

  • this looks so expensive, you’re a genius!

    HUGE UK drugstore haul in PHOTOS- superdrug and boots

  • love this!! I have seen a few necklaces made from hardware but I think I like this one the best. thanks for the (constant) inspiration. 🙂

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