DIY: CROCHET PEARL COLLAR

Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
So, as discussed in my last DIY inspiration post I made a necklace inspired by one of jewelry designer Venessa Arizaga's pieces. Her original necklace is pictured on the left. I couldn't find this piece still for sale anywhere on-line so I can't link directly to it, but I've had this picture saved on my computer for well over a year now. I believe it was selling in the $250 price range. (EDIT: thanks to true blue me & you I now know that this necklace was called the "time at sea" necklace and was actually priced at $350 back in 2010.) I had almost everything needed to make this already in my supply stash, so it cost me around $5 to make. For the DIY-er who doesn't have my vast stash of supplies, I would estimate it will cost around $20 - $25 to make yourself and it will take approximately 2 hours to complete.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
For this project you will need:
  • tape measure (not pictured)
  • scotch tape (not pictured)
  • wire cutter  (not pictured)
  • round nose pliers
  • scissors
  • safety pin
  • black embroidery thread (i used two bundles of it)
  • 1/2" wide silver curb chain 16" long (i used double curb chain)
  • 18" of clear rhinestone chain
  • (28) glass pearls 6mm round 
  • (28) 1" silver head pins 
  • (2) silver jump rings 6mm
  • (1) lobster clasp
  • a 2" chain extender (or piece of chain with links large enough for the clasp to link into.)


Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Begin this project by cutting the curb chain and the rhinestone chain to size with the wire cutters. The curb chain should be 16" long and the rhinestone chain should be 18" long because it is going on the outside of the curb chain and therefore needs to be slightly longer.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Next take the embroidery thread and cut it into 4 pieces, each 110 inches long. Keep them lined up together in a bunch.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Next roll the four strands of embroidery thread into a single piece of tape to create the look of the end of a shoelace. Then take scissors and snip the tip into an angle. Repeat this step to the other end of the 4 strands as well. Doing this will make it so much easier to weave the thread in and out of the chain.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Now take your 4 thread bundle and put it through the top link in the curb chain and line it up so that both sides of the thread are evenly distributed. You can also take the safety pin and attach the top of the chain to something like a pillow to keep it from moving while you are weaving.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Now holding one piece of string in each hand you will take the string in your right hand and pull it over to the left and taking your left hand, pull that string over the one in the right hand and then pull it under the top link and through to the right. Then repeat, always pulling the string that's in the right over to the left while the other one gets laid over that one and pulled through the link again. Make sure to pull the strings tight so they will keep their shape as you work your way down.


Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
It will look messy the first couple of links and then once you get the hang of it, you will start to see the correct shape start to take place. With the chain I was using I made 3 or 4 knots on each link before I jumped down to the next link. Also, i know it's a lot of string to be holding and keeping straight/un-knotted. It will get easier as you work your way down and the thread starts to get shorter.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Once you are done weaving the thread through to the very last link you can tie it off. Make sure it is tied securely so it won't come undone in the future.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
 Take your scissors and trim off the excess thread.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Now, flip the chain over so that you are working on the bottom of it (where you didn't weave) and grab your rhinestone chain and another piece of embroidery thread cut to 110 inches long. This time you will only need one strand. Pull the thread through the top link in the chain and make sure it is once again evenly spaced on either side of the chain. Now grab both ends of the thread and wrap a piece of tape around the end and snip at an angle. This way the thread is now doubled in thickness and is 55" long.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
 Now just start wrapping the rhinestone chain onto the links. Make sure to do this as securely as possible.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
When you have wrapped the rhinestone chain all the way to the bottom of the last link of curb chain, cut any extra length of rhinestone chain off with the wire cutters and then tie off the thread so that it will not unravel. Then cut off the excess thread.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
 Next grab your pearls, headpins and pliers. It's time to start attaching the pearls to the necklace.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Place a pearl on a headpin and then snip off 1/3rd of the end of the pin because it's too long. (i'm using a 3-in-1 tool that also works as a wire cutter.)
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Now gently bend the top of the wire into a round shape using the round nose pliers. don't close it all the way though.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Loop the headpin onto a notch on the embroidery thread (on the rhinestone side of the chain)and then close it all the way. using the pliers. I spaced them one pearl, every 3 rhinestones and just kept attaching them like that all the way around.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
When you have finished attaching pearls all the way around it should look like this and you should still have 1 pearl left. keep that one handy because you will use it in a minute.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Now grab your jump-rings, clasp and extender chain. Attach one jump-ring to the end of curb chain and also to the lobster clasp and then close it. and attach the other jump-ring to the end of the extender chain and then to the curb chain.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Now take that final pearl and attach it to the end of the extender chain using the last head pin.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
And Voila! It is complete! (and it looks kind of badass with a ladylike twist.) I don't know about you, but I really like it.
Design Thrift Blog: DIY crochet pearl collar necklace inspired by venessa arizaga
Here I am wearing it on the shortest length, but you can adjust it to be longer using the extender chain which makes it more versatile.
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DIY INSPIRATION: VENESSA ARIZAGA JEWELRY

DIY INSPIRATION: Venessa Arizaga jewelry
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I've been seriously inspired by a lot of Venessa Arizaga's jewelry for a couple of years now. Her pieces are so fun and colorful and they have that perfect balance of tough/quirky/girly all rolled into one. Her jewelry actually reminds me a lot of some of my very first Poison Apple pieces that I sold online back in 2003. I was very much into playful charms and my jewelry had that tough, but girly rock n' roll vibe back then. I've gone through a business name change and my jewelry style has evolved into a more earthy bohemian style since way back then, but I still have a soft spot for that fun quirky gumball style that I started out with and Venessa Arizaga's jewelry definitely hits that soft spot. Many of her pieces look DIY-able, she achieves her look through the use of crochet and knit techniques but you can get a similar look through braiding or weaving as well. Tomorrow I will be back to show you my DIY project that I just finished using some Venessa Arizaga inspiration. So don't forget to check back in to see the DIY!


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