Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Green With Envy

Jewelry making is something I've been intrigued by for quite some time now.  I've always been a bit envious of people who make jewelry, especially since I wander aimlessly around the jewelry section at Michael's without a clue as to what I'm doing.  Last month I challenged myself to make a couple pieces that you can read about in this post, however, I eased my way into the jewelry making world because neither piece required fancy tools or any real knowledge.  After pinning this image from More Design Please, I felt inspired to attempt a necklace that involoved things like jump rings and pliers.

I chose to create a simpler version of this necklace, using only one strand of beads as opposed to six strands braided together.  I wish I could give you a detailed tutorial on my process, but often times when I'm trying something new, I end up playing around with the tools and materials and reach an end result with no real understanding of how I got there.  So you'd be better off checking out this tutorial over at ECAB.

First, I gathered my tools.

Then I cut a piece of beading wire and started stringing my beads.

I cut the extra wire off and added a bead tip to each end. 

Next, I added jump rings to each bead tip and then each end of the chain to the jump rings.

Before you cut your chain to attach it to the jump rings, decide where you want your necklace to lay on your chest.  Here's a great reference to use when determining the length of your chain.

Next, I cut the chain where the clasp would go at the back of my neck and added two jump rings.  Then, I attached the clasp to one of the jump rings.

And that's it! 

I wore my new DIY necklace the other night by itself and I loved it, but I'm also looking forward to layering it with some other gold necklaces. 
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