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Today we’re doing the sweet (ha. Pun.) Fabric Marshmallow Necklace!
It’s a pretty combination of cotton thread, pearls and linen – here’s mine:
And here’s Anthro’s:
Now I know mine looks a little different – but theirs is (again) a really large piece. I like the elements of it – but not necessarily the size and chunkiness of it.
So for this one, I tailored things down a bit. But I really like the neutral fabric and the fun combination of materials!
The necklace isn’t for sale anymore – but it used to run $48 – and we can do way better than that!! :)
Here’s what you’ll need to make one:
• cotton thread
• small pearls or beads
• beading cord
• 8 rings, 2 different sizes
• 4 crimp beads
Start by making your pearl strands. Cut a length of bead cording 18″ long.
Attach the cord to a jump ring with a crimp bead. (Feed the cord through the bead, through the jump ring, and back through the bead. Crimp the bead flat with flat nosed pliers.)
Thread the small pearls onto the bead cording, until the strand measures 14″.
Finish the strand with another crimp bead and jump ring.
Cut 6 strands of your cotton thread, each measuring 24″.
Knot three of the strands into the jump ring on one side of the beads, and three on the other.
Find some way to hold the end of this strand steady. I clipped it into one of my bead boxes.
Braid the three sections together.
Continue braiding until you reach the end of the bead strand. Knot the cotton thread around the jump ring at the other end.
(The colors of the pearls look very gold in these pictures. They are actually a pale peachy-pink color.)
Make another strand of pearls that measures 11″. Braid this into another strand with cotton thread.
Here’s a closeup of the braids:
Set those aside for now. Cut small (approx 3/8″) strips of linen to wrap the rings with.
Add a dot of hot glue to the ring and start wrapping the linen around the ring.
(You could use any glue – I used hot glue because I wanted something fast. ;)
Wrap the ring completely in linen. Glue the end down. You might need to trim the ring a bit if the fabric frays during wrapping.
Wrap the other 7 rings.
Now we’re going to add the small rings to the shorter braided strand.
Cut a piece of cotton thread about 22″ long.
Knot the cording around the braid about 2″ down from one of the rings.
Trim the knot and add a drop of glue over it so the thread doesn’t fray.
Thread one of the small rings onto the cord. Measure down about 1″. Knot the thread around the braid, with the linen ring between the knots.
Add the other three small rings to the thread and knot after each one. Finish the last knot about 3″ from the end.
Add a drop of glue to that knot as well, to hold it. The rings will be knotted around the braid off center on the left side.
Repeat this for the longer strand and larger rings.
Start the knot about 5″ from the left, then add the rings and finish the last knot 2″ from the right side.
Cut from your twill 2 pieces 22″ long.
Knot the twill around the jump rings of both strands on the right side.
Repeat for the other side.
Trim the cotton threads and glue them and the end of the twill down.
Cut a piece of cotton thread about 24″ long. Tie it in a knot just under the twill knot but over the jump rings.
Wrap the thread around the twill and other thread ends, covering the jump rings.
Knot the end around the base of the wrapped area and finish the knot with a bit of glue.
Repeat for the other side.
That finishes off your sweet little Marshmallow Necklace!!
Aren’t the wrapped rings pretty? I love the linen!
I hope you had a fabulous time this week!! I sure did!
And I hope you like the necklaces – because (in case you forgot) I’m giving them all away!!
The giveaway posts (10 in all) will go up tomorrow (Saturday) morning, every half hour, starting at 6 am PST.
Then tomorrow night we’ll celebrate a fun week with our 3rd Tickled Pink Link party!!
See you then!