Chain is one of my favourite materials to work with, perfect for this season’s love affair with grunge. The best thing about using chain in your projects is that it can be added in so many simple ways, be it a handmade necklace for that ghetto chic touch, or delicate chain sewed to a tee for something a little more subtle. I recently took some time to get a little crafty with some curb chain, read on to see how you can do the same!

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You need:

  • a pair of simple flats
  • half a metre of curb chain
  • super glue
  • a needle and thread matching your flats

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How to:

1. Start by measuring how much chain you will need for each flat. When you have worked that out, separate what you need by using pliers to open the chain at the appropriate link.
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Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 5.41.08 PMVoila!
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Struggling to find chains locally? You can buy them online here, and see more chain inspiration here.

DIY by A Pair & A Spare – Photos by Monika Kolon