Today I’m wearing this necklace. I made it before I left for Hungary. I actually wanted to take it with me, but at the last minute I jettisoned things from my too-heavy suitcase and this necklace was among the items that were axed (along with a bunch of stuff I actually needed).
Want to make one?
The technique is really similar to how I made the simple earrings I blogged about last month (I’m a one-trick pony).
- Eye pins (one for each bead, I needed 18)
Chain (I used sterling silver – about 20 inches in total)
Coin pearl beads (I used approx. 18)
Using wire cutters, cut your chain into equal lengths – as many as your require. I needed 18 equal pieces.
Using needle-nose pliers, open the end of an eye pin.
Loop the open end of the eye pin onto a length of chain.
Close the loop gently.
Thread a coin pearl on to the eye pin.
Trim the excess wire from the eye pin.
Using the same technique outlined here, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle. Then, working away from the bend, create a loop from the wire. You want to mimic the other end of the eye pin for a seamless look.
Before you close the loop you made, attach the eye pin to another length of chain.
Keep repeating until you link the last length of chain/coin pearl to the first. No clasp needed if the necklace is large enough to fit over your head.
Here is my “inspiration” (you can see I pretty much stole this idea!):
|Mmmm, high quality camera-phone pic.|