I’ve been looking for a gold collar necklace for months, but I haven’t been able to find one that I like. At least, not in my price range!
I found one by Michael Kors that was close to what I wanted, but it was $300. Ha! So not going to happen on this single-girl-in-the-city’s budget. But it is pretty:
Then I ran across this post on Making It Lovely, and decided that since I already had the tools to make a necklace I could just buy the beads and make my dream necklace.
It turned out to be a bit trickier than that. I had to buy jewelry chain and fasteners and figure out which tools did what. And working with wire isn’t the easiest thing. I can’t even guesstimate how many times I dropped it and beads flew everywhere.)
I started out following Making It Lovely’s instructions to a T and then realized that I really hadn’t purchased the same supplies (since I didn’t even know what mono-filament wire was at the time). So I got a little creative to make it work.
I wound up with Artistic Wire’s bare copper wire in a 24-gauge. I’d definitely go with a thinner, more flexible wire next time.
These beads are Czech Fire Polish Glass Beads. I used smaller beads than the original necklace – 8mm, 6mm & 4mm – which meant that I needed more than MIL’s original necklace. If I was buying them again, I might grab a few as large as 12mm.
But overall, I like how it turned out. I even made earrings to match!
Here are a few of my favorite details:
the heart clasp
The chain work weaves through the necklace, and the pieces of chain are held together by bits of beading only 3 beads wide.
(As you can see, my crimping needs some work.)
Maybe I’m biased because I worked so hard on it, but I love it. I wore it the same night I finished it, and I’m planning to wear it to Fancy Night with M on Saturday!