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So many of you liked my zipper necklace I made a few months ago. I decided to make a tutorial on it so you can make one for yourself. You´ll need long jacket zippers and two packs of pins and a fitting dummy.

I have to be honest this project is not for beginners since you have to style the piece on to a dummy and hand sew the whole thing together. This project is timeconsuming, but so woth all the trouble and hard work when finished!!

This tutorial is veeery long, but I´ve tried to photograph as much steps and detail shots as possible to make it easier for you to follow up on the process.

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  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Before and after. Next the zippers will be taken apart and pinned on a dumy to get the organic form. The collar on the right is the one I made for myself previously.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    The zippers are now opened and organized to by side and length. The zipper pullers can be used to make earrings or put into other projects as decorative details so save them!

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    1st layer:
    I always work the zippers on groups of 2-4. This makes the pinning faster and also you are able to see the form better as the piece progresses.

    Always start pinning with the ends that have those plastic edges. They need to be hidden beneath the next layers.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    The first layer will outline the pieces outer circle roughly.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    2nd layer:
    Again I started with the zipper sides with the metal square and plastic edges in the end.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    2nd layer:
    Now you should start making the zippers curve in some places as you pin the on the 2nd layer. This is hor the necklace will get its 3D look.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    2nd layer:
    Now you should start making the zippers curve in some places as you pin the on the 2nd layer. This is hor the necklace will get its 3D look.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    3rd layer as previous. I had all the left over lengt from layers 1 and 2 unattached. I decided to do a U-curve in the back to get a more intresting shape.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    3rd layer as previous. I had all the left over lengt from layers 1 and 2 unattached. I decided to do a U-curve in the back to get a more intresting shape.

    Basically you can stop pinning in any time. Remember that the more zippers you add the more heavy the necklace will get.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    The zipper ends (with extra canvas, no plastic) had to be turned under layer 3 to hide the canvas ends. See a close up of the shoulder.

    This is the trickiest aspect of making these necklaces - all zipper ends have to be hidden beneath other layers. This also forces you to create curves and loops in the necklace.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    4th layer will begin from the root of the loop to again hide the plastic edges in the zipper ends.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    5th layer I will begin pinning from the other shoulder to make the necklace more balanced.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    This layer givesmore mass to the U-curve in the back.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    5th layer will also go over the loop.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 15
    Step 15

    6th layer:
    Started from the front because it did not have any extra detail yet. 5th layer has ended in the same place.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 16
    Step 16

    7th layer:
    The inner circle was getting small (maybe too small so my head will not fit through) so I decided to add the remaining zippers to the outer circle.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 17
    Step 17

    7th layer will also go under the big U-curve in the back to help keep it in shape when he necklace is worn.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 18
    Step 18

    I had to adjust in inner layer, make a loop on the left side and a swirl on the rightside to hide the zipper ends. This also made the inner circle a bit bigger because I was woried that my head would not fit through.

    All the layer adjustments have to be made BEFORE the necklace is detached from the dummy.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 19
    Step 19

    The final zipper ends in the front I folded.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 20
    Step 20

    Now starts the detaching part. You have to change all vertical pins to horizontal.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 21
    Step 21

    The horizontal pins will slightly change and harden the shape but don´t worry about it.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 22
    Step 22

    This is how the pins should look like when detaching is finished.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 23
    Step 23

    The necklace will look quite different when taken off the dummy.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 24
    Step 24

    Start sewing from the big U-curve. I use denim thread.

    I want the layers to stay vertical and lose so they are sewn like this. Like an S-motion. Don´t try to get all the layers at once, but rather sew them together in groups of 3 to 5.

    Sew as many threads as you need to hold the shape. Remember to do knots a lot.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 25
    Step 25

    The U-curve layers should be together like this after sewing. They look ike they are together tightly, but there is rom between the layers. This way the necklace will move when worn and adapt better to your body.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 26
    Step 26

    When the curve is sewn, start sewing the rest. Start from the outer layer. Hide the know between layers.

    I have taken some pins out before I sew an area because that enables me to move the zippers to place as I sew them.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 27
    Step 27

    The needle comes down just on the other side of one zipper tooth line. This way the thread is "hidden" between zipper teeth and therefore is hardly visible. Push the needle down through all layers.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 28
    Step 28

    Push the needle up again through all layers at the next tooth line and continue.

    I have taken some pins out before I sew an area because that enables me to move the zippers to place as I sew them. Remember to tie plenty of knots as you sew.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 29
    Step 29

    The idea is NOT to sew everything together, but to leave certain areas un-sewn. This will make the necklace move better when worn and adapt better to your body. If you sew the layers together all over the place the necklace will be very stiff and not very comfortable.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 30
    Step 30

    This is the reverse side. You can see how I´ve moved around with the needle. The reverse will stay like this and not be lined in any way. The layers are formed so no metal will touch skin.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 31
    Step 31

    Here is a close up on the sewing. I have marked all the places where thread is visible from the front. It disaphrears beautifully between the zipper teeth.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 32
    Step 32

    More detail shots from the finished necklace.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 33
    Step 33

    More detail shots from the finished necklace.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 34
    Step 34

    More detail shots from the finished necklace.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 35
    Step 35

    More detail shots from the finished necklace.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 36
    Step 36

    FINISHED!

    For more images go to my Flickr galleries at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsapop/sets/72157602058853821/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsapop/sets/72157605830614822/

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 37
    Step 37

    This piece is made from 12 jacket zippers handswen together. The best way to wear them is attach them to the garment with safety pins to keep it in place.

    12-zipper necklace is heavy for a piece of jewelry, 525 g (= 1,15 lb / 18,5 ounces). But after you attach it to your garment with safetypins (so it does not move) you can hardly notice it because the weight is distrbuted evenly around your shoulders. I´ve worn these with t-shirts and ball gown dresses.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 38
    Step 38

    As you can see The necklace can be worn in many ways. Detail in front, back, under one arm (with asymmetrical one-shoulder dresses) and so on. There really is no "right way" to wear it. My necklaces are very adaptable to different kinds of outfits.

  • How to make a zipper necklace. Zipper Necklace - Step 39
    Step 39

    So go create!!!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
This is so epic!
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jennascloset(:
jennascloset(: · 4 projects
wow! this is amazing!
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charlotte g.
charlotte g. · 1 project
i luv 8!!!
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kate v.
kate v. · San Pedro, Calabarzon, PH · 2 projects
this is superb!!
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K4t
K4t · 3 projects
This is amazing! So inspiring as well <3 thx
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Noelia Citialin
Noelia Citialin · Bakersfield, California, US · 7 projects

AMAZING! I could use this for Burning Man. Best get started
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mdf
mdf · 4 projects
Awesome! Very couture!

Too bad this really needs a fitting dummy to make this necklace.
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Alyx
Alyx · 1 project
looks beautiful and heavy... and too complicated for me to make but maybe later...
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Connie D.
Connie D. · Kennesaw, Georgia, US
so awesome!
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Jani i.
Jani i. · Finland, Minnesota, US
These necklaces look gorge<3
So do you sell these?
And have you had men try these too??
Happy
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