Guess what? This is the 400th post I’ve published. Cool, don’t you think? So, to show how much I appreciate all of you reading my blog and giving me so much sweet encouragement, I’m having a giveaway! But first, here’s today’s tutorial:
I’ve been on a jewelry-making binge lately…here’s a triple strand one that I copied from a catalog photo (and I don’t know which catalog…the torn photo has been on my idea board for about six months now!). I found a set of charms at Walmart for about $3 and combined them with sliver beads that almost look like hematite. The beads I bought at the craft store, along with some chain, silver bead caps, a clasp, and waxed cotton cord.
For the beaded strands, I cut three 12” lengths of cord and strung the beads on those. For the bottom one, I used ten silver beads at each end of the charm-bead pattern, so a total of 30 beads. For the next strand, I used 28 beads, then 24 on the top strand.
So, how to turn those lovely strands into one necklace? First, I tied a know with all three strands at each end, with the strands lying flat and curved a bit. Then I bent a head pin (but any wire would do) to make a “u” to pull the cords though a bead cap, making a loop of the cording.
I slipped a jump ring through the loop made of the three strands, and connected chain to that. I connected the clasp, and was pretty much done.
Except I didn’t want the cording to slip out, so I snipped the ends of the cording as far inside the cone as I could and applied a bit of E6000 to hold it. I let that set for several hours.
The necklace I copied didn’t have the charms, which I think add a nice bit of interest, and it cost considerably more (as in over $100) than this one. Mine will do just fine…when I pay a large amount for a piece of jewelry, I feel I need to wear it as often as possible. With this one, I don’t feel an obligation, plus I’m pretty proud to wear something I made myself!
And, guess what else? I’m giving one away, too! Just follow the easy steps to enter below! Good luck!
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