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.
For this project you will need:
- tape measure (not pictured)
- scotch tape (not pictured)
- wire cutter (not pictured)
- round nose pliers
- 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.)
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.
Now take that final pearl and attach it to the end of the extender chain using the last head pin.
Are you ready to make one of your own? I would love to see the results whenever one of my readers makes one of my DIY projects. I created a hashtag on instagram #designthriftdiy. Please use it and post pictures of your finished Design Thrift DIY's.
Footnote: Please feel free to pin this project to pinterest but please make sure that it link's back to this page. You may re-post one image from this tutorial on your own blog with a link back to DesignThrift for the rest of the instructions. Please do not re-post my content in full.