How did Christmas get so close? Ack! These are some sparkly necklaces I saw on Martha Stewart’s show back in September, at the time thought they’d make great gifts. I even ordered the supplies I needed. Then I forgot to make them.
They’re made with this amazing stuff called Wirelace. It’s a tube of super fine woven wire. You can order it at wirelace.com (where else would you get it?) and they’re superfast with delivery; I think it was less than 3 days until I received it.
monofilament to string them on
1 yard of Wirelace
Size 9 and Size ginormous (15 or 17) knitting needles
Jewelry findings: cones, jump rings, lobster claw clasps
Restring the beads on monofilament. If you’re doing the ombre look, like the neutral one above, refer to Martha’s instructions for stringing. It’s a little tedious, but since I have about a dozen sappy Hallmark Christmas movies on my DVR, I don’t mind.
Cut off the excess wirelace…it cuts really easily with any scissors. Fill up the cone with some E600 or other handy dandy adhesive. Let it dry, and package it up prettily. Or hang it with your jewelry and enjoy wearing your creation!
If you get one of these from me for Christmas, act surprised! I’m not at all experienced with jewelry-making, but I think these turned out really well. Give it a try…it’s kind of addicting and pretty much instant gratification. It took a little less than an hour for each necklace, if you’re making a schedule!
And now I’m taking down my fall decorations and cleaning house in preparation for Christmas decorating. If I’m not mistaken, our Elf on the Shelf will be returning to our home tonight…if he’s not lost somewhere in the basement since our move! Wish me, I mean him, luck!