Repurposed Indie Choker Tutorial

Repurposed Indie Choker Tutorial


June 25, 2016 at 1257AM

repurposed skull choker

If you’re like me you have more than a few once-beloved earrings that somehow lost their mate and are now taking up precious space, but you just can’t seem to get rid of them! Well today they will be given new life, in the form of a repurposed indie choker and the tutorial is super simple.


  • cord (mine is $1 from Walmart)
  • jewelry pliers ($6 from Walmart)
  • jump rings **you can get these off of old necklaces as well!**
  • jewelry end tip connectors (from Walmart)
  • lobster claw clasp or something similar
  • charm from an earring or necklace


  1. Wrap the cord around your neck where you want the choker to sit, leaving about a pinch of extra cord for the clasp and cut evenly.
  2. Take a connector tip end and crimp it to one end of your cut cord. Make sure to crimp it tight.
  3. Take your charm and attach a jump ring to an opening (most necklaces and earrings have hoop openings that attach them to the old chains, etc. like mine above!)
  4. Slide the still open jump ring onto the cord and crimp it closed with your pliers.
  5. If there is a second opening on your crimp like in my pictures, repeat steps 4 & 5.
  6. Take another connector tip end and crimp it to the other end of the cord.
  7. Take jump rings and attach them to one of the connector tips, 2 is usually enough for mine but add more if you would like to adjust your choker.
  8. Attach a jump ring to the other connector tip, but do not crimp it closed yet. Take your lobster claw clasp and slide it onto the same jump ring, and then crimp it tight.

Of course this is just one version, and I would love to see what you have repurposed your old earrings and necklaces as! So leave me a comment with your results and questions!





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