I have such a treat for you this week! We are having a super fun Jewelry Week!
Each day this week I’ll be posting a jewelry tutorial and so will Michele! It’s going to be fabulous. :)
So let’s get this party started!
Today I have for you the Anthro Ice Drops Necklace Knockoff!
You might remember a few weeks ago I had a Choose Your Knockoff giveaway – and Anne, our winner, chose this pretty Anthro Ice Drops necklace!
I changed it up a bit – I wanted something neutral that our winner could wear with anything!
Here’s the original necklace:
Let’s get started on the tutorial!
To make your own you’ll need:
- Silver beads – 15
- Focal Beads for middle row – I used 3 large and 4 small. You want yours to have at least two holes in the sides
- Seed Beads
- Teardrop beads – 14
- Bead cording
- jump rings
- crimp beads
- eye pins
- head pins
- Chain – about 40″
- lobster closure
All my supplies came from Michaels.
Start with your small silver beads. Add two of these to an eye pin and create a loop on the other end. Check the How To Do That – Jewelry page for instructions on how to do that. :)
Repeat to make 6 more sets. Open up the loops on each end and create a bead chain by adding them together.
Add two eye pins to each side of your larger focal beads.
Open up the eye pins and add these loops to the eye pins on either side of the center set of two silver beads. Close up the loops.
Repeat for the other two large beads – add them on either side of the center one.
Add an eye pin to one of your smaller focal beads – running the eye pin horizontally through the holes on the bead.
Add two larger jump rings to the eye pin loops. Add these jump rings to the eye pins on the second set of beads from the left of your silver strand.
Repeat for another small focal bead, adding it to the second set of beads from the right side.
Add the remaining two focal beads to the last set of silver beads on each side but use two smaller jump rings to connect them. They will lay flatter that way.
Now we’re going to string up the drops. I’ll be honest – this does take a while. I timed it – about 7 minutes each. So grab a spot on the couch and throw on Pride and Prejudice.
Then put on Sense and Sensibility because you keep getting distracted by Matthew McFaydon. Don’t put on A Walk to Remember or you won’t be able to see the seed beads because your eyes will be so puffy from crying.
Add 1 1/2″ of seed beads to your beading cord. This is way easier on your sanity if you thread your cording through a tiny needle. Next add one of your tear drop beads. Then add another 1 1/2″ of seed beads.
To finish off the drops:
- Trim the cording but leave about 4″ on each end to work with. Put the ends of the cording together and add a crimp bead, then a small clear bead to the ends.
- Loop the cording through one of the eye pins on the base of one of the three large focal beads. Loop the cordings back through the clear bead and the crimp bead. Thread each end of the cording back onto the needle, then through about 6 or 8 of the seed beads on each strand.
- Using a crimp tool, place the crimp bead in the second little notch on the clamp.
- Crimp the bead flat.
- Turn the crimp bead 90 degrees and place it in the first notch of the crimp tool.
- Crimp the bead a second time. This will fold it in half again. Trim the cording ends. And if you’re paranoid like me, add just a drop of e-6000 glue to the crimp bead/cording area to make sure it holds.
Create 5 more bead drops at this length. Add them to the other eye loops on the large focal beads.
Make 8 more bead drops – but use 1″ of seed beads on each side of the drop beads. Add two of these strands to the outside eye pin loops, add the rest to the other eye pins.
Cut two strands of chain – 8 1/2″ long each. Add each end of chain to the eye pin loop at either end of the silver bead strand.
Cut two strands of chain 9″ long. Add these strands to the eye pin loops that are on either end of the two small focal beads. Connect these strands at the top with jump rings.
Add a lobster closure on one side.
Cut a small length of chain, about 2″ long. Add a silver bead to the end with a head pin/loop. (Check out the how to do that page for instructions)
And you are done!! Not too bad right?
Here’s what it looks like on . . not me. But still – you get the idea. :)
I had a bit of trouble getting this one to come together – but now I’m really liking how it came out! What about you?
And here’s Michele’s gorgeous project! I am so in love with this pretty Eclectic Braided Necklace she made! Head over to her blog for the tutorial!
Linking up at Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Shabby Creek Cottage, My Repurposed Life, 504 Main, and the other fabulous parties on the party page – make sure you check them out!