I can’t believe we’re almost done with February! You know what that means! Spring is around the corner.
I am so ready.
I’m just about done with raincoats and sweaters and closed toed shoes. Bring on the Easter Dresses and sandals and . . . ok. I still wear sweaters in the spring. Whatever.
So that also means it’s time for some new accessories! Because what’s more fun than planning a whole outfit around a new spring-y necklace?
(Well – planning outfits around shoes is pretty great too. But that’s not what I made so we’ll ignore that.)
This new necklace is perfect for Spring – despite its chilly name! It’s light and sweet and you can easily customize it for any color outfit!
Here’s my version of the Anthro Frozen Globes Necklace:
And here’s the original – which sold for $42. (it’s not available anymore)
The other thing I love about DIY jewelry is that you can make it they way YOU want. According to the reviews of the Anthro necklace – their “globes” were just a little smaller than a golf ball. And the chain was pretty long. I don’t really want golf-ball size globes flopping around on my chest. Which sounds awkward when you type it out – but there it is. So mine are smaller.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own necklace.
You can choose the size of the globes you want. Ahem.
• Metal tube beads
• Small silver beads
• Large beads for globes – these are about 1/2″
• Large Silver Rings – mine are 1″
• Beading cord
• crimp beads
• Jump Rings
• Head Pins
• Chain for bottom section – 7″ long
• Lobster clasp
(All my supplies came from Michael’s except the Ribbon, which came from the Ribbon Retreat)
To start we’re going to make the strands on the sides of the necklace. If you want to skip this step you could use a pretty chain instead.
Begin by cutting 4 lengths of Beading Cord – 12″ long. With the first length of cording, loop one end through a jump ring. Feed both ends through a crimp bead.
Flatten the crimp bead with flat nosed pliers, close to the jump ring.
Begin threading the silver tubes and beads onto the cording. Slip the cording end into the beads also to hide it.
Alternate the tubes and beads until the strand measures about 8 1/2″. Finish the other end of the cording with another crimp bead and jump ring.
Make another bead strand and attach it to the same set of jump rings.
Repeat these steps to make a second set of two strands.
Once you’ve done that, carefully open the jump ring on one end of each of the strands. Add your large silver ring and close the jump ring.
Add two jump rings to each end of your bottom chain. Add these jump rings to each silver ring.
Now we’re going to do the beads.
Add a small silver bead and your “globe” bead to a head pin. This is just a straight wire with a flat end.
Bend the wire slightly to the left, just above the bead. Hold the wire just a little above the bead with round-nosed pliers.
Wrap the end of the wire around one side of the pliers and cross it over on top of the bead. This will make a loop.
Clip the end of the wire off with wire cutters, at the point that it crosses over the back wire.
Once you clip the wire, make sure the cut end touches the wire to form a closed loop.
Add a jump ring to the loop. Then add the bead to the large bottom chain on the necklace. Continue with your other beads until they are all attached to the chain.
Add a lobster closure to the top rings of the two necklace strands.
Cut a length of ribbon and tie it to the necklace strands just above one of the large silver rings. You can make it as large or small as you like.
I love that you can easily change out the ribbon too if you want to coordinate with different outfits.
And that’s it! You have a pretty new Anthro Knockoff to wear!
Doesn’t it look pretty on my Premier Props display?
I’d love to hear what you think!!
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