One of my favorite things about doing Anthro Knockoffs is being able to change things up a bit.
Sometimes that’s just because I can’t seem to find exactly what they used – and sometimes it’s because I just want to tweak things a bit.
That was the case with this necklace! I loved the coloring of the original – it’s so bright and cheery! But when I went hunting for beads, I couldn’t find just what they’d used.
But then I found these gray and blue pretties – and I think I like it even better!
Here’s my version!
We’ve got a bit of bling going on here . .
And here’s the Anthro version – at a not-so-cute $58 –
I like them both after all. :) Maybe I need a pink version too!
Here’s your handy dandy tutorial!
- Beads for top portion of strands – 10″ total length
- Rhinestone Strands – 12″
- Rhinestone strand caps – 8
- Decorative pin
- Heavy chain – 4″
- 8 Tear Drop shaped beads
- Pendant piece with rhinestones and small beads
- Glue (E-6000)
- Jump Rings, crimp beads, head pins, beading wire, lobster closure
- Jewelry Tools
- Basic Jewelry Skills – Check the How To Do That page if you need help!
All the Supplies came from Michael’s except the brooch
I couldn’t find a pendant I liked that was all cute and blingy like theirs, so I decided to make my own! If you want to do the same, start with a basic pendant that has enough space around the center bead for you to glue some pearls and crystals.
Begin gluing an assortment of crystals and small pearls around the center bead. Adding a bead of glue to a toothpick, then use that to put the glue on the crystals.
Change up your colors and styles as you go around.
Depending on what your pin is shaped like, decide how to attach your pendant to the back of it. I used a couple of jump rings, added them to the pendant, then added those rings to the bar of the pin.
Glue the pendant for extra security to the back of the pin.
Glue the back of the pin closed as well, that way it doesn’t pop open accidentally and skewer you some day. Adding E-6000 to the little closure will take care of that.
Add jump rings to the sides of your pin bar. Cut your heavy chain into 2 – 2″ pieces. Add a piece of chain to the jump rings.
Add one of your tear drop beads to a head pin. (If your head pin is smaller than the hole of your bead, you can add a little seed bead to prevent it from falling off.)
Create a wire loop at the top of the bead.
Add this bead to one link of the heavy chain.
Repeat with the other seven beads, adding them to both sides of the chain, so there are four beads on each side.
Cut your rhinestone chain into 3″ length. We’re going to add rhinestone end caps to each end. This is a little cap with a loop on one end.
You place it below the last rhinestone and crimp the sides around the rhinestone connector.
Add end caps to both ends of each rhinestone strand, then add a jump ring through each loop. (You might have to bend out the cap just a bit so the ring goes through.)
Once all four strands are done, add two of the strands to each side of the heavy chain – in the last link.
Connect the two top jump rings on each side with another single jump ring.
Cut a length of beading cording – about 8″ long. Connect the strand to a jump ring with a crimp bead.
Add a small bead, then the larger beads. Make sure you cover both strands of the bead cording.
Make this strand about 5″ long. Connect the strand to the top jump ring above the rhinestone strands, using a crimp bead. Feed the tail of the cording back through the beads and trim.
Repeat for the other side of the necklace.
Finish everything off on top with another jump ring, and a lobster clasp.
Isn’t it pretty?
I think I do need that pink one too!! :)
What do you think?
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