Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Neck Adornments

I love jewelry.  Sparkly things are fun.  And usually expensive.  So what is a girl to do?  That's right . . . make your own.  I have been making my own earrings/necklaces/bracelets for quite some time.  I pick up pretty beads and findings here and there, but quite frankly - they are all rather 'square'.  Lovely looking, but not too much character.  I really like the steampunk style - especially the necklaces with leather in them.  But they look like a lot of work, so I filed these thoughts away for another time . . . . until I saw some necklaces that Tina Givens had on her Facebook page:


Hmmm.  Interesting.  What to do, what to do?  So this is what I did . . . . .


I made some necklaces.


With some beads that I had tucked away.  The stones above are actually amethyst.  The straps vary in width from 1/8" to 3/4".  The wider straps are from scraps of leather that I picked up over the years - a bag of offcuts for a few dollars or pounds.


This is probably my favorite - a double stranded Lapis version with metal spacers.


And they double up pretty well.

The skinnier straps are from leather from my local craft shop.  It is quite thin so I doubled it up.  The leather is then attached to a a couple of metal clasps that are used to clip onto ribbon.


I then strung a few beads together with some small clasps on each end so that the straps can be changed out if I prefer black instead of brown, etc., and also so that I don't need to have a strap for each necklace.

Good grief - where did these all come from?!


I love this version of pearls with Swarovski crystals in between!


And look what I found in my local Fabricland - small strings of beads all matching nicely and looking good together, ready to be made up into some lovely necklaces!  


Have you tried your hand at jewelry making?  Any top tips?

14 comments :

  1. Love your necklaces & I'm going to copy your ideas!

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    1. Please do - I'd love to see them! A quick warning . . . they are VERY addictive!

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  3. I have made quite a lot of jewellry. lots of bracelets and necklaces, usually real stones. I haven't worn them lately, they just feel too hot. I haven't done the leather ones like you, I guess I should go more modern. I like the your necklaces.

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    1. I had made more traditional jewellery - which I loved . . . . I just find this more fun!

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  4. Very lovely - I just saw a great button necklace today and jotted down the "how to make"as soon as I got home. Your necklaces here are fantastic - easy to make, and such a lovely range of colours - now you will have to work out how to display them :)

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    1. Oooh! I'd like to see it once it is made up!

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  5. What a great idea. Love your necklaces.

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    1. Thanks BeaJay - I rather like the chunkyness of them - without them being too big! I've had some of the beads for years as well, so it is good to let them see the light of day!

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  6. Amazing necklaces and you have shown me another technique to use. We can also get those small strings of beads at our Spotlight and must admit a few have followed me home, how I have an idea how to use them.

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    1. He, he, he! Come to me my pretties! I look forward to seeing what you make!

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  7. What gorgeous necklaces! They look so pretty and have a modern aesthetic, not so heavy, and showcasing special beads. You've inspired another person here.

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  8. I think these necklaces are amazing. I love the way the leather goes into metal and then you have a shorter beaded section. Just great (and I agree, amazing together). Lovely work.

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  9. I think these necklaces are amazing. I love the way the leather goes into metal and then you have a shorter beaded section. Just great (and I agree, amazing together). Lovely work.

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