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Friday, February 22, 2013

off the chain

i've always liked the hip hop culture's appropriation of the classic chain necklace. i love how they exaggerated scale and size of what was originally one of the most bourgeois items of jewelry. so i thought it wold be fun to make a textile version. i took short lengths of heavy-duty nylon rope - the kind you buy at home-depot or lowe's - and glued them into a loop using a glue gun. i then taped some heavy-duty tape around the seam for extra strength. then I wrapped half inch wide strips of a gold colored silk around this loop, again securing with a glue gun. this makes the first link of the chain. for the additional links, repeat the process, but make sure you "link" them together before gluing.

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