My current obsession revolves around dramatic necklaces. I have been collecting jewelry odds and ends for several months now and I wanted to put them to good use :) so I decided to make a mixed media necklace. This one uses 2 types of bronze chain, pearls, various charms, and crystal tube beads.
Here's how I would wear it:
Top: Black T-shirt Turtleneck, Old Navy, Sm (they make the softest tee material!)
Jacket: LOFT Twill Cropped Military Jacket, Olive Green, 0P
Jeans: Gap Always Skinny Cropped Jeans, Dark Wash, Sz 4 Tall
Leather Boots: Born (so comfy)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Nikki
I soooo love these Gap jeans and have been wearing them all the time (washed between each wear of course LOL). They stay slim all day and don't at all develop the unsightly bagginess that other jeans tend to succumb to at the end of the day.
And a close-up of the necklace:
Check out the tutorial after the jump!Materials:
- Basic jewelry tools
- Misc. charms
- 12" of large-link chain
- 12" of matching small-link chain
- Matching headpins and jump rings
- Grosgrain ribbon in complementary color
- Crystal tube beads or complementary seed beads
Here are most of the materials you'll need.
My beads had rather wide openings, so I wound up putting small crystal tubes on each headpin prior to adding the pearl. Snip off the excess of the headpin, loop the end (instructional video here), and attach it to a jump ring. Repeat this for all your pearls and dangles (but not your charms).
To assemble the center cascading cluster, I attached the smaller pearls at various places on a "chain" of interconnected jump rings.
Attach your cluster to the center of the large link chain and attach some of the larger pearls and dangles surrounding the center cluster. At this point, I felt like the necklace needed some oomph so I added the bird charm, flower charm, and small-link chain.
To create the small-link chain loops, secure the chain at varying intervals with jump rings to necklace.
Lastly tie a knot with the ribbon directly on each end of the chain.
Voila! You're finished!
Close-ups of the charms: