I love really delicate jewelry. I like big chunky pieces too, but have never really found my groove with wearing the bigger, trendier necklaces. Delicate jewelry is so feminine and timeless that I don’t have to worry about if I’m currently in style (as if I worry about that, but you know). I especially love necklaces that rest right there in the center of your collar bone, so sweet and feminine and adds just a touch of sparkle.
This DIY will take you 5 minutes tops, once you have your supplies. It’s so easy, but very pretty and can be made in any variety of colors or combinations. As I was making this, I thought what a great bridesmaid’s gift this would be. Handmade by the bride, with colors to coordinate with their dresses and so inexpensive, even the biggest bridal parties could have one of their own. Or even just as a gift to one of your girlfriends, I think this makes a great, classic piece that can be worn layered, or all by itself, over and over again.
I went straight to Michael’s and found the Swarovski beads in the jewelry making section. I chose this green color, but you could obviously pick whatever strikes your fancy. I think an ombre look would be fantastic, but had no such luck finding the right gradients on my shopping trip. Next just mosey over and grab a packet of obster claw clips with the corresponding rings so you have the proper fittings for each end. And then all you need is fishing line which you probably already have. The kind I had at home is 8 lb tested so it’s pretty strong. I wouldn’t recommend anything under 4lbs just in case it were to catch on something; you don’t want your beads flying! Cut the length you want for your necklace; 18″ is what I used to rest the beads right in the center of my clavicle.
Step one: Attach the lobster clip to one end of the fishing line by tying 2 or 3 knots around it (super technical, right?). I made sure it was tight by yanking on one end with my teeth. I suppose if you had real jewelry making tools, you could pul it with tiny pliers, but…I don’t have that stuff, so I improvised :)
Step 2: String your beads. For this, I did 3 small beads then 1 larger bead, then 3 smaller beads.
Step 3: Adjust length to your neck. If you really want it to sit right in that little collarbone pocket, you’ll want to look in a mirror while doing this and find just the right length. Hold your finger where you know the end needs to be and...
Step 4: Attach ring to the other side, again by tying 2-3 knots around it and yanking on it to make sure it’s tight.
One last thing you could do, and I recommend but failed to capture with a photo, is dab a little bit of clear glue on each side of the beads to the fishing line. This will keep the clasp from sliding down and keep your pretty beads the center of attention.
That’s it! Pretty easy right?