Hello, Hello, Everyone! I hope you're all doing well and are reading for another tutorial. This time we're actually making a necklace! Make sure you've done the tassel tutorial for this one first--you can find that here. I was inspired by Anthropologie's Lalia Tassel Necklace, but as pretty much anyone knows, their stuff is expensive. This one is $68, but I don't have that to spend on one necklace, so I thought, "why not make one similar?" And why not share a tutorial with everyone! (You'll see the original below.)
The photo above shows the supplies you'll need, but I'll list them as well:
You don't have to use the same beads that I used. You can make it your own and still keep it the same style.
First, lay out the beads. I started with 6 of the Russian jade beads and put the faceted spacers in between. You'll have 6 Russian jade beads on both sides.
Next, add 3 rectangular beads to each side and alternate with the faceted spacer beads.
Take 6 crystal beads for each side and alternate with faceted spacers. Make sure you end both sides with a spacer bead. Don't worry, it looks good. I have a thing about not meeting with two of the same bead, so I was a little leary at first.
Get your tassel you made in the tutorial and get ready to bead!
Go ahead and start stringing the beads on for one side. Be careful not to flip the tray. I've done it before, but luckily not this time. You can go ahead and add the beads to both sides, but I find it easier to get one side done (in this case) before starting the second side because the wire isn't going to move. Other ways of attaching the tassel will require you to string all of the beads at once.
Go ahead and add the crimp bead.
....and the jump ring.
While making sure the jump ring stays above the crimp bead, thread the wire through the crimp bead again. This forms a loop.
Tighten the wire while keeping a firm grip on both the jump ring and the wire end. You want a small loop but not a teeny tiny one.
Get your crimping tool and crimp. Use the slot closest to you first and then the second. You can see this on your tool, but the way I'm holding it in the picture makes it hard to see. This is probably one of the most frustrating parts of making jewelry for me because I always mess up and break at least two crimp beads before I get it like I want it to be.
Trim off any excess wire. You don't want to leave a large amount as you'll be threading the extra back down into the beads. The back threading can happen now or later.
Grab you chain nose pliers and pick up your crimp bead cover. Keep it like this or you'll be trying to take it off if you don't close it just right (Goldilocks form). Yes, I just referenced Goldilocks.
After you've achieved the perfect closure of the crimp bead cover, thread the extra wire down the beads if you haven't already done so.
Go ahead and repeat the same thing on the opposite side. Open the jump rings to add the chain and carefully close them back.
And, voila! You've got an Anthropologie-style necklace! That wasn't too bad was it? Saving $68 has never been easier!
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Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.