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anthro inspired necklace

Theres a myriad of websites and blogs that I check up on periodically for inspiration.  A while ago I saw this necklace

for around $35 from Anthropologie and thought to myself as I often do, “I can make that”.  Then last weekend I had a holiday craft party with some fabulous ladies and finally got around to making my version of the necklace.  The thing I love about this necklace is that it takes little jewelry making knowledge and is super quick to make.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost: This can really vary depending on what kinds of beads you’re using.  For this tutorial I used wooden beads that I got off of a gift bag handle.  Check the Dollar Store for beads in the craft section or for jewelry you can disassemble.  You can also keep your eye open for 50% off sales at your local craft store or check May’s Beads online (they’re shop is in Houston and I LOVE it) for incredible prices on gemstones and crystals.  For the chiffon (or other light weight fabric) check the remnant bins at fabric stores.  They are usually discounted up to 80% per yard.   Or chop up an old skirt or shirt you don’t wear anymore.  All-in-all I think my project cost me about $3 since all I had to buy were the clasps and jump rings to finish off the ends.

Supplies:

  • Chiffon or other light weight fabric.  You’ll need 2 3/4″x15″ strips.
  • Beads.  Round or oval beads work great.  The larger the beads, the less clusters you’ll have on your necklace.  These beads can all be the same, or can be three coordinating different beads per cluster.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • 2 crimp ends.
  • 2 jump rings.
  • 1 toggle clasp.
  • 2 wire beading needles.
  • Flat nose pliers.

Lets make something pretty.

1. The first thing to do is cut your chiffon strips.  You need 2 strips about 3/4″ wide by 15″ long (or longer/shorter to your taste).

2. Thread your chiffon strips through your beading needles.

3.  Thread 2 beads onto your first strip and slide them toward the end leaving about 5-6″ of chiffon.

4.  Thread one bead onto the second chiffon strip and slide it toward the bottom to about the same place.

5. Knot the two strips together at both ends of the bead cluster.

6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you have about 5-6″ of chiffon remaining at the threaded end of the necklace.  For me this gave me 5 clusters but it will depend on how large your beads are and how tightly you group them.

7.  To finish the necklace and add the clasps simple attach your crimp bead ends to the chiffon by twisting the ends of the fabric and holding them in the middle of the crimp bead with one hand while you squish the sides of the crimp bead with the pliers in the other.

8.  Attach your jump rings and your toggle clasp ends and twist your jump rings shut.  *Tip* TWIST the jump rings, don’t squeeze them shut or they won’t come together properly.

9. Trim any excess chiffon and scraggly chiffon hairs if you’d like.  *Tip* Use Fray Check  on the edges of your strips if you don’t want your chiffon to fray.  I personally like the frayed look.  And there you go!  BEAUTISSIMO!

These were so easy to make that I ended up getting out my stash of scrap fabric and beads and made tons more.  You’ll want to do the same since I’m certain that as soon as your friends and family see you with it on that they’ll want one too! Enjoy!

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