My inspiration pins (seen here and here) were by Andrea from For The Love Of.... I loved both as soon as I saw them and decided to head to Michael's to scope out supplies. I had a rude awakening (although, I don't know why I was surprised) when I saw the tiny little containers of seed beads for not so little prices. As I started collecting supplies, I realized this was going to be a ridiculous bill so I put it all back. Yes, I did. I came home and started googling, and found a Canadian company called BeadFX that was way more reasonable. In the end, my money saving technique backfired because they had so many choices that I bought way more than I should have... funny how that works!!
When my order arrived (super quick and free shipping too!), I started sorting the colour schemes I had picked. I had shades of green, shades of blue, and shades of red/corals/golds. I decided to do the coral colours for this necklace because I really loved Andrea's necklace - so not much creativity involved!! Mine literally turned out as almost a complete carbon copy... that wasn't my intent, so I'll get more creative with my next one!! I'm going to be honest - it probably took me 5-6 hours of time in total, spread over at least a month to finish.
I won't delve into a tutorial- Andrea has done two very good tutorials, here and here, which I used. I'll just note what I did differently. You can see below that I decided to go with split rings instead of the smaller jump rings because I was worried about the monofilament (aka fishing line) slipping through where the jump ring meets. I skipped using the chain for this necklace. Other than that, I used crimp rings and lobster clasps like Andrea did. I already owned the red jewelry pliers so didn't have to purchase the tools.
One thing that was really nice about the beads I ordered was that they came on "hanks" - prestrung! You can't leave them on the string, but it was a lot easier for me to feed the monofilament straight through the strung beads in small sections and then transfer them onto the monofilament and off of the string (as opposed to individually).
|Bead colours are peach, coral, gold, pinky-bronze, light red and dark red|
I plan to make a bracelet too - I don't really wear matching sets but I think it'll be nice to have the option to wear one or the other. Eventually, I'll attempt a green ombre necklace too! So, have you ever tried your hand at making some jewelry? I'm jealous if you have more patience than I do!
Check out the link up at one of the blogs (linked at the top), because there are always aaaaaamaaazing projects shared!!
ps. hope you are wearing pink to support anti-bullying day today... i am!