How-To: Film Negative Necklace

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When I was going through my photos last week, I found a stash of old negatives. I’ve saved them out of habit, but I can’t imagine ever needing them for prints again. Yet, they still seem precious to me.
Instead of keeping them stashed away, I decided to put them to crafty use. One of the strips made it onto a photo box, and I used another to create this pretty little necklace. The perforated edges of the film lend themselves perfectly to jewelry making. I paired my film “beads” with some faux-brass findings and amber. Now I can say that my photos of the Grand Tetons match my hair!



Film negatives
Jump rings
Needle-nosed pliers
Jewelry wires

Step 1: Cut the strips of negatives into individual frames.
Step 2: Link the frames together with jump rings. Use the pliers to twist the jump rings open, slip on the frames, then twist the rings closed.
Step 3: Add beads to the necklace. Attach a length of wire to the outer edge of the negative, and then thread a stack of beads onto it. Use the pliers to bend the end of the wire into a loop.
Step 4: Attach 7″ of chain to each side of the necklace. Then use jump rings to connect the clasps to the chain.

14 thoughts on “How-To: Film Negative Necklace

  1. Zuri says:

    Omg this is so awesome! I have tons of film I don’t need anymore too but its lovely too throw away. I’ll be def making this and possibly matching earrings. Thanks ;D

  2. justgloria says:

    Brookelyn, I love the look… do you think the negatives would hold up to clear casting resin for a more finished charm look?

  3. Jillian Rueter says:

    Yeah, this is a very cute idea, and if you think about it, they can be a great conversation starter! I’m sure kids would love to see the little pictures if you hold them up to the sun or a lamp. :)

  4. Brookelynn says:

    @justgloria- I’ve never used resin before, but if it doesn’t get too hot, I can’t imagine why not!

  5. C says:

    What a brilliant idea – I’ve got lots of slides that I was thinking I needed to do something with… might well try this as positives they will give quite a different look…

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