Ice Drops Necklace Knockoff

I have such a treat for you this week! We are having a super fun Jewelry Week!

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Michele from The Scrap Shoppe and I have gotten together and come up with a week of pretty jewelry tutorials for you – with 5 tutorials this week on each of our blogs!
Each day this week I’ll be posting a jewelry tutorial and so will Michele! It’s going to be fabulous. :)

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So let’s get this party started!

Today I have for you the Anthro Ice Drops Necklace Knockoff!

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!

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:

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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. :)

Beads on Wire

Repeat to make 6 more sets. Open up the loops on each end and create a bead chain by adding them together.

Silver Bead Chain

Add two eye pins to each side of your larger focal beads.

Adding eye wires to 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.

adding beads together

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.

small beads and eye wires

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.

beading tutorial

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.

ice drops tutorial

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.

Rambling.

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.

adding seed beads to cording

To finish off the drops:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Using a crimp tool, place the crimp bead in the second little notch on the clamp.
  4. Crimp the bead flat.
  5. Turn the crimp bead 90 degrees and place it in the first notch of the crimp tool.
  6. 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.

ice drops steps

Create 5 more bead drops at this length. Add them to the other eye loops on the large focal beads.

adding drops to necklace

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.

beading necklace tutorial

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.

necklace chain

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.

necklace closure

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)

extension chain

And you are done!! Not too bad right?

finished ice drops necklace

Here’s what it looks like on . .  not me. But still – you get the idea. :)

Ice Drops Necklace Tutorial

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?

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Beaded Necklace Tutorial

Ice Drops Knockoff Necklace

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!

eclectic braided bracelet

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!

25 Comments

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Dee in NH

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Trish @ Uncommon

    You have the BEST jewelry tutorials out there! This is beautiful!

    Take care,

    Trish

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Its gorgeous, Bev!! I love the neutral colors. Especially those white beads. It came out beautifully!

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Laura

    So much prettier than the original! Well done!

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    truebluemeandyou

    Love this tutorial and especially how pretty the “ice drops” drape. I also like the fact that you got everything at Michaels and didn’t have to buy online for anything – a big plus for me. I’ve posted two finished photos of your DIY and a link back to you on my blog. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful necklace!

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    raw

    Classy!

  • You know I’m a neutral girl Bev so hands down love your version 1000x more!

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Emi

    Wow, it’s soooo pretty!!! And the I love the colours you chose, so classy and elegant! And you’ve got new tutorial throughout the week?! I can’t wait to see more :D

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Christine

    This is so beautiful! I think your version is better than the Anthro one. I would love to make one but I’m not sure I would have your patience :)

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Rachel

    Pretty, pretty, pretty!!

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Jaan L of Tx

    Bev, I really love your “knockoff” necklace….infact at first I thought yours was the original one, I am going to see if my Sis-in-law will make one for me. As she is the beader in the family, I would take forever to get it made. Thanks

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Amy mayen

    Oh Bev, these are so pretty! I keep wanting to make jewelry but the last thing I need is another hobby…stop tempting me!

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Mona

    It’s lovely, Bev!! I love both necklaces.

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Willow

    Woohoo a week of jewelry on 2 blogs I follow!!!!!! If today’s example on your blog is a hint of what’s to come, I’m thrilled. This necklace is beautiful.. thanks so much Bev and now I’m off to the Scrap Shoppe…

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Leena Lanteigne

    Gorgeous! I love youe necklace so much more than the original one! Can’t wait to see what else you have to feature for Jewelry Week! Hugs, Leena

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Crystal

    STunning!!! Love it!!

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Melissa M

    Thank you for the tutorial. I have to say yours looks so much better than the original. I have not gotten the courage up yet to do nothing more than string beads. Maybe I will try this.

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Holly Lefevre

    Bev – it is gorgeous. I have bought so many jewelry making supplies – I need to come visit you so you can get me moving.

  • Reply February 22, 2013

    Syl

    This is beyond fantabulous. I have tried to make anthro knock offs but seeing yours helps me see where I need to improve. Mucho talented.

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    Caroline

    Thank you sooo much for posting all these wonderfuly beautifull tutorials!!! I’ve pinned a few on my pinterest, hope that’s ok. I was also wondering if you do tutorials for other brand name jewelry such as Freepeople, umm specifically this one. http://www.freepeople.com/ladder-fringe-tassel-neck/
    It’s a tad bit over my price range but if you could do a tutorial for this, that would be sooooooooo absolutely fantastic!!!!! :) i know, wishful thinking but couldn’t hurt to ask!

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