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How are you doing on your handmade Christmas presents? Need any quick, easy, super cute, jewelry ideas??
I thought you might. ;)
I was browsing around and found the perfect thing. The Anthro Trimmed Necklace.
And here’s the original – with a $38 Price Tag:
(photo credit: Anthropologie)
I love the simplicity of this one.
Ready to get crafting? You’ll need:
- 2 Colors of small beads (if you want to do the two color bow)
I bought two tiny strands from Michael’s
- 17″ of 26 gauge wire
- 3 crimp beads
- 18″ chain
- 3 small/medium Jump rings
- 1 large Jump ring
- 1 lobster clasp
- 1 Head Pin (optional)
- wire cutters, round and flat nosed pliers
Begin by adding a crimp bead to one end of your wire piece. Place the tiny bead on one end of the wire and crimp it with the flat nosed pliers.
Add beads onto your wire until the row of beads measures 11 1/2″. Place a clip or clothespin on the end of the wire.
If you are doing the two color bow, add the beads in these measurements.
White: 1 1/2″…Pink: 1 5/8″…White: 1 3/4″…Pink: 1 5/8″…White: 1 3/4″…Pink: 1 5/8″…White: 1 1/2″
Or pretty close to that. :)
Begin by looping the first part of the bow – the left side. You want a pretty equal amount of pink on each side of the loop. Twist the loop around a couple of times.
Repeat with the right half of the bow – looping and twisting – but you can twist both sections together.
You might need to move your clip down to give your beads a little more wire.
Add a crimp bead onto the end of the wire and push it up against the last bead. Crimp the bead flat and trim off the wire with wire cutters.
Add about 1 – 1 1/2″ of pink beads to the wire you just trimmed off.
The thicker your beads, the more beads you’ll need on this loop.
Wrap your beads around the center of your bow. Check the amount of beads. You should have just enough to make a loop as tightly as possible around the center of the bow, without a lot of wire showing. Add or remove beads as needed.
Place a crimp bead on one end of the wire. Feed the other end of the wire through the same crimp beads – so now the ends will point away from each other.
Crimp the bead and trim off the wires.
This is what it looks like from the front.
Cut your chain into two 9″ pieces. Add an open jump ring on one end of each piece.
Add one of the open jump rings to the top of the bow loop on the left side. Close the ring.
Repeat with the other chain on the opposite side of the bow. Keep them evenly spaced on the loops.
On the right chain, add a small jump ring and a lobster clasp. Close the ring.
On the other chain, add a large jump ring.
I added in a small bead to my jump ring here. If you’d like to do the same, add a small bead to a head pin.
Hold the head pin above the bead with round nose pliers. Wrap the pin around one side of the pliers, looping it back towards the bead.
Clip the end of the wire off where it meets the top of the bead with wire cutters.
Bend the end of the wire back so that it meets itself at the top of the bead, making a loop.
Add this loop to your large jump ring.
You are all done! Isn’t it pretty?
I liked it so much that I made another version with Clear and Black Crystals.
Here’s a little shot of it on so you can see about where it sits.
These are honestly so fast and fun – you could make up several before Christmas! The beading/wire work is minimal so I think beginners could definitely do this one – and for some much less than Anthro’s $38!!