DIY: Rubber & Brass Tube Necklace

This is what happens when my weekend plans get messed up and I’m forced to stay home with nothing specific to do. I start playing with random materials to see what I can come up with. I love using materials for something other than their intended purpose. This necklace is comprised entirely of “stuff” more at home in the hardware shop. But I find the contrast between the metals and rubber really pleasing….DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

The metal elements of this necklace come from a mixed bag of tubing offcuts I randomly came across on Ebay a few months back. I was looking for something else entirely when I came across this bag of offcuts. I THINK they are used in precision engineering and things like model steam engines/trains etc. But in any case they looked mighty puuuuurty to me! So I bought them thinking I’d have a play and see what happened. The rubber cord is a length of this Nitrile O Ring cord which is used in oil/fuel/water seals for car and lawnmower engines. This one is the 3mm diameter cord but it comes in a variety of different thicknesses and you can buy it by the metre or in premade circles. All of which I am tempted to explore further for jewellery. But enough of my ponderings! Just look how easy this is to make….DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Cut 3 pieces of the rubber cord measuring approx 33″, 9″ and 7″

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Seperate out the tubing offcuts that are the same diameter as the cord (these will be the “beads”) plus 2 larger pieces of tube that will snugly fit all 3 pieces of cord (these are used like cord “crimps” to hold the cords together).

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Take one of the larger pieces and thread all 3 lengths of rubber cord through it, with the longest piece extending out about 10″ and the ends of the 2 shorter lengths of cord flush with the top.

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Thread  the “beads” onto all 3 of the rubber cords in whatever arrangement pleases you. I have a couple of copper and aluminium elements thrown in there too. Set one of the smaller pieces of metal tubing offcuts to one side.

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Slide on the second larger metal tube to clamp it all together, just like you did the first.

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

You’ll have the two cut ends of the longer length of cord left to join together. Slide that smaller bit of tube on one end. Join the cut ends of the rubber with a dab of super glue and hold in place for a few seconds. While the glue is still tacky, slide the tube offcut over to hide the join and crimp slightly with a pair of pliers.

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Pop a few dabs of superglue into the top of the larger metal tubes where the rubber cords all meet too. Just to give an extra bit of hold. Quickly wipe away any excess that may drip through onto the cords below.

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

Leave to dry and you’re done!

DIY RUBBER AND METAL TUBE NECKLACE

I’m really rather taken with it.  I don’t think it’s obvious at all that these are hardware/engineering materials and the whole thing has a contemporary and minimalist feel with clean, simple lines. And I love the textures and subtle metallic elements.  Awesome with some simple black evening wear or over a plain collared shirt right?

 

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7 Comments

  1. Lisa November 10, 2015

    I love this! I just pinned it a few times and sent it to a friend, but I mainly just want to head over to the hardware store to gather supplies!!!

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    • portia November 10, 2015

      Ha ha! Love a good hardware store don’t you? !

      Reply
  2. Jane November 10, 2015

    It’s brilliant! My dad used to build model boats/engines so I’ll check out his workshop to see what might be lurking there!

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    • portia November 10, 2015

      Your Dad sounds like a good guy to know!

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  3. Michele November 11, 2015

    I love your blog posts. Your creativity and talent never fails to amaze me. I would be very honoured if your would check out my blog at vintagethrifter51.com and let me know what you think. Cheers, Michele

    Reply
    • portia November 11, 2015

      Michele what a lovely comment, thank you! I’m not comfortable passing judgement on someone elses blog. It’s personal to you and if it works for you, it works. That said I would fully encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing. I did check it out and enjoyed reading your bucket list posts 🙂

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  4. Corinne Devery November 12, 2015

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration.

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