I hope you’re enjoying Anthro Necklace Week!! I’ve been having so much fun – I really like this year’s necklaces!!
Today we have something fun – and a little different! I wasn’t sure about this one at first – but I really love how it came together!
It’s the Anthro Almagest Necklace – here’s my version.
It’s got this fun bead and filigree look – it’s really easy to put together too!
And here’s the original - ringing up for a lovely $298! Um. Hello cute overpriced necklace.
This one only took me a couple of hours - definitely a make-while-you’re-watching-SYTYCD kind of a necklace. ;)
Here’s the materials list:
- 3 Filigree pieces – 2 smaller squares (1 1/4″) and 1 larger center piece (2″)
- 2 center beads
- Assorted surrounding beads
- 26 gauge wire
- chain – at least 28″
- hot glue
- small piece of felt
- lobster closure
- 6 jump rings
- Jewelry Tools
- If you need basic jewelry help – check out the How To Do That page!
All supplies came from Michaels except the two side Filigree squares – I found those on Etsy here - but they’re all over the place.
Start with your Filigree pieces – you should have the smaller squares on either side of the center piece.
Cut a piece of your wire – about 10″ or so. You just want it long enough to work with – you’ll trim it later.
Lay the center piece so it slightly overlaps the two side pieces. Wrap the wire through the holes to hold the pieces together. Wrap the wire as tightly as you can and twist the end pieces together on the back side. Trim the excess wire and fold the twisted ends flat against the back side.
Repeat for the other side.
Now we’re going to add in the beads. Start with the center and work your way out – that way everything will stay even.
Place the two large beads in the center - use the wire to wrap the beads to the Filigree. Go through several times so the bead is on nice and tight.
I recommend doing them one at a time, twisting the wire in the back and trimming the ends.
Add your beads that are on the right side of the center beads. Start with the center one, for placement, then add in the two on either side.
Wire each bead through to the back by itself, then run a wire through all three beads. The single wire will help keep them all in a row.
Wire the beads on the other side of the center beads.
Add in the decorative beads that will run in the center of the smaller squares. These should overlap and cover your wires where the pieces overlap.
Next up - add in the beads that are above and below the small beads on the center squares. You’ll wrap them like all the others, through each bead, then a wire through all three. Do this for each section.
Last up – add in beads on the top and bottom of the centerpiece, and on each end of the smaller squares.
Aww. That’s cute. But the back is a hot mess.
Press all the wires as flat to the back as you can. Cut a piece of felt just a little smaller than your filigree piece.
Hot glue that to the back – this will prevent the necklace going all Edward Scissorhands on all your cute tops.
Cut two lengths of chain - 3 1/2″ long. Attach them to the filigree with jump rings where the center piece overlaps the two side pieces.
Cut two more pieces of chain 3 1/2″ long. Attach them on each end of the piece with jump rings.
Add a bead to an eye pin and make a loop on the other end. Attach two of the chains on one side with the loop on the bead.
Repeat for the other side -
Cut a length of chain 4 3/4″ long. Add this chain to the top loop of the bead on the right side of the necklace.
Cut another length of chain – 7 1/2″ long. Add another bead to a head pin and add this bead to the top end of this chain.
Attach the bottom of this chain to the bead loop on the left side.
Add a lobster closure to the chain on the right side. With the big loops in the chain, we don’t need a jump ring on the other side. You can just attach it in any loop – depending how long you want the necklace.
And your necklace is all done!
What do you think? Kind of different – but still cute? :)
Can you believe the last day is tomorrow?? Make sure you come back and check out the last necklace – and all the giveaways on Saturday!
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