Last week, I posted about the Pinterest Challenge proposed over on Bower Power’s blog. Eliza posted about a pin that I couldn’t stop thinking about. It was a blue necklace originally posted on More Design Please, which I re-pinned here.
My plan was to use some turquoise beads I had left over from making a bracelet years ago. I dug through my beads to find them and it turns out … I didn’t have enough. Okay, that was fine. I have a lot of beads, so I thought I could do a cool pattern/color combo. I dug through the beads some more, and I even went to Michael’s to find some beads in a color/size that would look good with the turquoise.
I thought I had hit a good deal, because the beads were 50% off and I had a 20%-off coupon that included sales prices (rare for Michael’s!). But, none of the colors/sizes in my price range (as close to free as possible) were really calling to me, so I decided to revisit the proverbial drawing board and use beads I already have in a different color/size.
In my bead box, I found a small container of wooden beads in different natural shades that was unopened. I was 99% sure that I would have enough beads! The size of the wooden beads is much larger than the turquoise ones, so braiding the beads was out of the question. Unless, you know, I wanted my whole neck to be decorated with wooden beads. Which I didn’t.
The assembly was very easy! I cut four equal lengths of stretchy beading thread, threaded two and tied them together and repeated with the other two. I attached the bead tips to the ends, positioning them over the knots in the thread and looping a jump ring through the loop in the bead tip on each end of each string (confusing? I should’ve taken pictures…). Then, I attached those to another jump ring and attached that jump ring to the chain. (I couldn’t fit two jump rings through the hole in the chain)
After I took off some of the length of the chain on each side, it fit perfectly:
I love it. LOVE it! Monday was our fall festival at work, so I paired this with an orange tank top and brown sweater. I got a lot of compliments on it.
And it looks like dried corn! Not, as I said to a coworker, the gross left-out-too-long dried variety. But, more like the pretty, decorative, multi-colored variety. Perfect for our fall festival!