Anthro Limitless Strands Necklace

How is your Holiday shopping going? Have you started? I will confess I have not. But I have been talking about starting. Does that count?

I have been browsing online though - and of course I inevitably wandered over to Anthro. You will not believe what I found there. Well, you probably will believe it if you read the post title. :)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I absolutely fell in love with this necklace. I actually gasped when I saw it. Don’t you think this would be perfect for just about any outfit – or a holiday party? It’s just yummy.

I thought I’d help us both out by creating a knockoff – you can never have too many options for Christmas ideas right?

Here’s my version  . . .

Mine is a little less “strandy” than theirs but that was intentional. You could easily just add more strands to yours though if you would like it fuller. Other than that I didn’t change much because hey. Yummy.

Here’s what you’ll need to create this cutie . . .

  • 1 1/2″ Wide Ribbon – 3 1/4 yards
  • Stringing Cord
  • Small Glass Beads
  • Large Round Beads – 5/8″ (any type)
  • Crimp Beads – 20
  • Jump Rings – 6
  • Thread

Start by stringing your beads. Cut an 11″ piece of stringing cord.

Thread a crimp bead onto the cord and loop the end around a jump ring, then thread the cord back through the crimp bead. Leave a tail of about 1″. Crimp the bead tightly, but leave a little loop so the crimp bead is not right up against the jump ring. When you start adding more cords to the ring you don’t want them too tight and all smashed up against the jump ring. It won’t lay nicely.

Thread beads onto the cording – it will help control the cording if you thread the loose end through a needle.

As you thread the beads, make sure they cover the small end of the cording as well.

Continue threading beads until your cord is about 8 inches. Finish the cording the same way you did the other end, with a crimp bead and jump ring. Cut your cording so you have about one inch left and feed that back through your beads.

Repeat this process, adding another strand of cording to one of the jump rings on the strand you just made.

Continue adding strands and beads until there are five strands on the jump rings.

Make a second group of five strands.

Link the two strand groups together with a single jump ring on each end. It might seem to have made more sense to added all the strands to one large jump ring but I was afraid that they wouldn’t lay straight – that all those loops on one ring might be too much.

Cut your ribbon into four 28″ pieces. Turn up one end of each of the strips and sew the edge down to hem it, about 1/4″.

Lay two of the strips together, with the hemmed ends touching and facing together, and sew the long sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Taper the end opposite the one you hemmed to a point. Repeat with the other two strips. Trim the ribbon off the ends that are tapered around the stitching lines.

Turn the strips right side out.

Press the strips lightly.

Feed two of your large beads into the casing of one of the strips. Hand sew one jump ring to the hemmed end. Don’t clip your thread.

Push the ring and strands into the casing so it begins to fold over itself. Work the strand into the casing so the ring is about one inch in. Insert the needle into the casing and bring it out at the point of the hem and ring.

Random Comment: It looks kind of like a pretty squid in this picture. :)

Make a few stitches sewing the ring and hem in place. Knot and clip your thread.

Make a knot in the ribbon casing so that it covers your stitching.

Push one of the beads down that are in your casing already up against the knot. Tie another knot on the other side. Repeat for the last bead. So you should have three knots and two beads between them.

If you’d like the necklace a bit longer, you can just knot the end. I like it shorter so I tied a bow.

I love the combo of the beads and the satin ribbon – they’re so pretty together.

Is there an Anthro necklace you’ve fallen in love with? In case you’ve missed it, there is a new Tutorial Request Feature here at Flamingo Toes. You can fill out this handy form and let me know all about your item and I’ll try and create a tutorial for it!

What do you think? Are you in love with this one too? Or at least strong like?? :) I have a few more knockoff pieces planned in the next month or so – hopefully they’ll be a piece you’ve been wanting to create as gifts too!

Entering this in Kim at 733′s great contest!

78 Comments

  • Reply January 9, 2011

    kimbowest

    featured this adorable necklace on my blog today

    http://www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

  • Reply January 10, 2011

    Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

    Wow, yours looks better than the original! Great tutorial!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Sue

    WOW, love it!! Sue

  • Reply January 15, 2011

    Stacy

    L.O.V.E. it!!!! I am in the middle of making my first one right now and have plans for at least two more. So glad I ran across your blog. Thank you!

  • Reply January 27, 2011

    Donna

    Absolutely GORGEOUS and a great inspiration. I’m adding this to my “to-do” list! Thanks! :)

  • Reply January 27, 2011

    Andrea

    Wow!! This is awesome!

  • Reply February 17, 2011

    Melanie

    Thank you so much for posting this! It is super cute and I can’t wait to make one!

    Melanie
    youmadethat.blogspot.com

  • Reply March 13, 2011

    Allison

    I linked to this in my blog. Great tutorial!

  • Reply August 22, 2011

    Amanda

  • Reply September 22, 2011

    Kristina

    This turned out gorgeous! Thanks for the bright, clear tutorial pictures, I want to try this.

  • Reply January 16, 2012

    April

    Great tutorial! I agree that your necklace looks better than the original. I actually have a short beaded necklace that I bought ages ago but never wore because the beads in the back would pull my hair. I’m going to try using it instead of stringing the beads myself :) Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Sherry Fletcher

    You may also find multi-strand beads on etsy.com at EunicesTickleTrunk’s shop. They are CHEAP!

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Sherry Fletcher

    OH, and THANK YOU for a wonderful tutorial !!!! Keep up your awesome work and God Bless!!!

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Lori Smanski

    wow this is so pretty, i think yours looks nicer than the gold one. thanks for the tutorial

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    Megan

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I was wondering what size jump rings you used and what size stringing cord? This is my first attempt at jewelry making and I’m not sure where to begin! Thank you!

  • Reply December 13, 2012

    Beverly

    Gorgeous! I actually like yours better than the anthro inspiration!

  • Reply March 7, 2014

    Frankie Harrell

    I Love this!

  • Reply May 8, 2014

    AntoniosJewelry

    Great and inspirational!

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