30 January 2012

Metal zipper necklace

Although after searching the internet, I found that this idea has already occured to other people, I'm still quite proud that I came up with it by myself. I had kept a zipper pull tab from one of my old vests for a very long time because I loved its simple shape, but had no clue what to do with it. Then, while sorting out some craft supplies, I found a metal zipper that I cut from a bag with some intention of using it in the future. That's when the idea occured to me to remove and replace the zipper pull tab, and turn the zipper into a necklace.
First, I trimmed the excess fabric on either side of the teeth as much as possible. Then, I removed the existing pull tab by removing the stop on top of the zipper...I tried to fit the new pull tab this way but after a lot of struggle, I removed the bottom stop and fixed it that way. (Does that make sense?)
I folded a scrap piece of fabric and hot-glued it to to the ends of the zipper. Since the zipper is long, I didn't need a clasp.

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