Making my Bridesmaids’ Necklaces

You might remember how I made our bridesmaids’ earrings a little over a month ago. Well, I finally found a weekend to muster up the patience to finish our bridesmaids’ necklaces. I say patience because, well, looking for those tiny holes to line a piece of wire through isn’t that easy and can become a little daunting on the eyes. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m really pleased with the way these turned out. Now that I think back a few months when I was originally thinking of their jewelry, I really can’t imagine their jewelry any other way! I love it!

This pattern took quite a few tries to work up. If it wasn’t for Miss K (one of my bridesmaids) and Mr. Ballet Flat, however, this pattern would not exist! So, BIG Kudos to them!!

Here’s the supply list:

Beads

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Pliers (I used bent nose here – to close crimp beads and work with jump rings)


Other supplies

18”³ Pattern (from clasp to clasp):

Two round silver beads

Two brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, three brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, two brown pearls, Bali bead, brown crystal**, Bali bead

**alternate brown crystal with crystal colored crystal here

Repeat 2 times. Add two brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, three brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, two brown pearls, Bali bead. Then, add brown crystal, crystal colored crystal, teal crystal, Bali bead, two round silver beads (this right here marks the middle of the necklace). Then, add a teal crystal, crystal colored crystal, brown crystal, then Bali bead.

Two brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, three brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, two brown pearls, Bali bead, crystal colored crystal**, Bali bead

**alternate crystal colored crystal with brown crystal here

Repeat 2 times.

End with two brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, three brown pearls, Bali bead, teal crystal, Bali bead, two brown pearls, and two round silver beads.

NOTE: I did have to make this to a 20”³ necklace for some bridesmaids. To do this, repeat the pattern 1 more time on both sides! :)

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Here are the supplies all laid out. I have a previously made necklace on the bead board to help me lay out the pattern for the next necklace.

You will first want to cut about a 25”³ piece of wire. Then string the crimp bead on the wire, add the toggle clasp on. Then, loop the wire around the toggle clasp and back through the crimp bead, as shown. You only need to leave an inch or two in excess because you will be cutting it off.

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Then, using pliers, “crimp” the bead as close to the clasp as possible. You really want as seamless of a gap here as you can get, so the clasp doesn’t feel super loose.

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I didn’t do this in the pictures yet, but using the scissors, cutting as close to the crimp bead as possible, cut the excess piece of wire.

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You can see in the picture above what I mean by only leaving an inch or two extra when you originally string on the toggle clasp and crimp bead. You are only stringing beads on one wire once you get the ball rolling. Follow the pattern above for the necklace.

Then, add a crimp bead, the closing end of the clasp, and same as before, loop the wire around the clasp, stringing the rest of the wire back into the crimp bead. Make sure you leave as little excess wire as possible in the necklace so there are no gaps in the necklace.

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Cut the excess wire off the end of the crimp bead and voila! You’re ALMOST done! Now, all you have to do is open the jump ring with pliers, loop in the charm, then put the jump ring on the necklace (where the two middle round silver beads are), and close the jump ring on the necklace.

He he”¦ now you’re really done!

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Now, here’s my super proud Ballet Flat self holding all four of the DIY necklaces!

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Unfortunately, I think my bridesmaids were the easy ones. I can only imagine how much fun I will have trying to make the perfect pattern for my jewelry! I’m already second-guessing a pattern I started on a while back!

Have any of you DIY’ers found a task daunting, but in the end, TOTALLY worth it? :)

BLOGGER

Mrs. Ballet Flat

Location:
New Orleans
Wedding Date:
May 2014
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    julieulie, Guest @ 9:07 am

    I hand-croched 90 yarmulkes for all the male guests at the wedding. I hated every minute from yarmulke 11 or so through 90. Each one took about 4 miserable hours, on top of the fact that I work 90+ hours/week, and did a lot of the other projects for my wedding myself…. but when we got back our wedding pictures and I saw the ceremony pictures with everyone wearing the yarmulkes that I made in our wedding colors with a Star of David pattern, I realized how special it was in comparison to having gone out and just bought some plain boring satin yarmulkes like every other wedding/bar mitzvah I’ve attended. I didn’t think it would be, but in the end… it was worth it.

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:01 am

    They look great!!! :)

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:11 pm

    They are going to love those, I know I would :)

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    Sarah, Guest @ 12:56 pm

    The wedding project that took the most time was arranging the music. As I toiled away at it, I became more and more convinced that no one would notice, that it was a waste of time, etc.

    Worth it. Definitely.

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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 7:13 pm

    Great job :) I love the fleur de lis charm.

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    pineapple 682 posts, Busy bee @ 9:45 am

    those necklaces are so pretty, can I be in your wedding?

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