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How to Make a Spiked Collar, Necklace, or Choker

Simone likes making DIY accessories and saving money. She likes to share her projects with fellow crafters.

Simple Spiked Choker

Simple Spiked Choker

Spike Collars, Necklaces, and Chokers

Having spent an admirable amount of time prancing about in spiked collars, I can say they are most enjoyable to wear, but why buy them when we could make them ourselves?

The benefits of making your own spiked collar necklace are fourfold.

  1. You can customize its size, fit, and style to your own needs and desires.
  2. You forego the need to shop for your chocker at an overpriced shop.
  3. You develop new crafting skills.
  4. You can even use your materials, supplies, and know-how to create spike collar gifts for friends, family, or even pets!

I'll walk you through the how-to below.

Supplies Needed

  • Studs or Spikes
  • Needle-Nose Pliers (if you are using two-pronged spikes or studs)
  • Stud or Leather Punch (or another poking tool)
  • Leather Band

Instructions

  1. Gather your materials in one place.
  2. Design the pattern of how you would like to arrange the studs on your collar, necklace, or choker.
  3. Mark the pattern on the leather with something you can either rub away or brush off. Alternatively, you can make a small indentation with whatever tool you're using to poke holes in the leather.
  4. Mark the spot on the back of the leather where you'll need to make the hole by pressing the two mini prongs of the stud (or the single screw) into the leather behind one of the spots you marked on the outside of the leather.
  5. Remove it, and you'll see two indentations in the leather, (or one depending on the type of stud or spike your using).
  6. Use your poking tool to make a hole in each indentation.
  7. Press the mini prongs, or screw of the spike, through the two holes.
  8. Use your needle-nose pliers to fold the prongs over the edges, or screw the other half of the spike onto the collar.

More About Application Depending on Types of Spikes and Studs

The spike application process will vary depending on what type of spike or stud you choose to use. Typically, non-pronged spikes come in a screw-on form and have a pretty self-explanatory application method. As I mentioned above, if you're using two-pronged studs (which have the benefit of being less expensive), you'll probably want to think of adding some sort of lining to your collar, choker, cuff, or other pieces of jewelry to protect your skin.

Notes About Supplies

  • If you plan on making the leather chokers or collars from a plain piece of leather, you'll need more supplies like clasps, buckles, cutting materials, etc.
  • Feel free to be creative with the spikes and studs you use. There are a wide variety of choices out there, and you don't have to limit yourself to one style.
  • If you're only interested in using spikes for your collar, consider the type of spike you are purchasing. You will have to change your collar designs depending on the size. If buying large spikes, you will need fewer. However, you will also need to have a more substantial, or thick, leather that can support their heft.
  • If you choose to purchase the two-pronged spikes or studs that are more commonly used on jackets, you may want to add a lining to your collar to prevent the bent studs from scratching your skin.
  • You're not limited to spikes when designing a choker. You can find interesting studs in all sorts of shapes and sizes—from stars to circles, to squares and crosses. Feel free to deviate from the spike norm and show your creative side with studs of a different style.
  • You can build your own cuff, collar, choker, or necklace from scratch, purchasing the leather and affixing your own buckle, snaps, or clasp. However, I recommend taking it easy to begin with and simply buy a cuff, collar, or necklace that is unadorned. This frees you up to think about more creative stud or spike placement instead of collar construction, which is its own separate endeavor.
  • Finally, the cuff or collar itself doesn't need to be leather. If you're vegan and do not wish to hurt any poor animals for your fashion crafting projects, or you simply want to work with other materials, there are options for you. If considering alternate materials, make sure you go with those that are stiff and heavy. Anything with studs or spikes affixed must be strong enough to hold them up. A good rule of thumb is to get a material that can stand up on its own when buckled. If the material crumples in on itself, even without grommets affixed, it's probably not going to do too well as a studded collar. If you do insist on going with a lighter material, stick with extra light, two-pronged studs, and give the collar two layers by lining it. This gives the thin material extra heft and protects your neck from the studs.

Be Creative!

Studs and spikes can be applied to a wide variety of things for a wide range of purposes. Spiked dog collars are lovely cat and dog accessories. Spiked cuffs, belts, and armbands make great gifts for those who might not be entirely comfortable wearing collars, which are the most statement-making spiked accessories.

Mix and match your spikes and studs, add extra things like rings, or even unexpected elements, like bows! There are no rules here, so have fun with it!

I hope you enjoy the process!

Where to Buy Spikes and Studs

Comments

Magipaw on February 10, 2019:

Any AJ players?

Cardia from Barbados. on October 11, 2011:

This is awesome! I'd definitely like to try something like this once I get ahold of some spikes!

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on September 22, 2011:

Hahaa! TOTALLY!

Camille Harris from SF Bay Area on September 21, 2011:

Just in time for the Folsom Street Fair!! :)

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on August 15, 2011:

Thanks a bunch hanwillingham! Gotta love crafting.

hanwillingham on August 15, 2011:

Cool and greatly fun hub!

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 06, 2011:

Oh, do so! It would be great fun!

tylergee on May 06, 2011:

I might make my friend one of these. They look pretty cool, great work.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 04, 2011:

Oh, you bad, Knightheart. Most days, I can't be seen without my over-the-knee leather boots, but I wear them with all the toughness of a hamster... kind of ruins the effect. Guess it's all in the delivery.

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 04, 2011:

I just have to ask Simone, are you into those over-the-knee leather boots? I just love the tough-girl look! Me bad, I know :)

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on April 23, 2011:

Thanks Bmosaics! Gotta love them spikes!

Bmosaics from USA on April 23, 2011:

Wow this is really crafty - great use of the materials.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on March 29, 2011:

I know *I* do! But the fishnets are a bit worse for wear. Those things snag like nobody's business!

Garrett Mickley from Jupiter, Florida on March 29, 2011:

I'm pretty sure I still have my fishnets and spiked attire in a box somewhere in my apartment hidden far away from where people I know can see.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on March 29, 2011:

Me too, Garrett. Me too. I had to resort to buying spiked collars back then. But it was worth it. They really tied in with my fishnets.

Garrett Mickley from Jupiter, Florida on March 29, 2011:

I could have used this back in early high school.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on January 12, 2011:

Wow, that sounds awesome!!

thomasgerard on January 12, 2011:

Great idea. I never would have thought of making my own. Back in the early '80s when I had more of a punk style, we'd do most of our shopping at thrift stores. On dollar bag day, you could bring any size bag and fill it with as much clothes as it could hold, for a buck. Boots and shoes were 50 cents extra.

Alison Dittmar from PA on October 14, 2010:

Nice hub, very creative!

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on October 13, 2010:

Wow, that sounds amazing!! Spikes are like the rhinestones of tough types - just as stylish, but a different kind of statement! Hehee >_

Sweetsusieg from Michigan on October 13, 2010:

When I was a school bus driver one of my students made a spiked brimmed hat, it was awesome. He made a design with nails in the brim.. Of course he had to ask permission from the school staff to wear it, but since he was fairly responsible he was allowed. I even allowed it on my bus. He was a great kid!

I'll make sure that my daughter gets to see this hub, she wears that stuff.