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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

12 Crafts of Christmas - Part 8 - Gift Idea - Flower Pearl Necklace

I think handmade jewelry makes a fab gift!
For a fraction of the cost you can replicate almost any jewelry you see!

I'm gonna show you how to make this necklace!

I've gotten lots of compliments on this necklace and a few requests for a tute so, here it is!

Supplies needed:
Beads - I used pearls in 2 sizes {glass pearls obviously} 
and maybe a few other beads for some variety.
Jump Rings
Eye pins
Thick elastic
Gorilla glue
Flower embellishment
Needle nose pliers (or jewelry pliers)
Wire cutters 

Ok, now lets get started!

Step1 - Put one of the larger pearls on an eye pin
Step 2 - cut the eye pin about 1/2 inch above the bead
Step 3 - bend the eye pin around the tip of the pliers
Step 4 - finish bending until you have a closed loop
Repeat this about 20 times or so.

Step 5 - Attach all the bead/eye pin thingys you just made together with your jump rings

This is what you should have once all your bead are attached.  A cute little chain of beads.

Now lets get working on the flower.
I used a fabric flower that was attached to a bobby pin. . .Perfect!  I only had to tweek it a bit and voila!
If you can find a bobby pin flower, it would be super easy - so look at the dollar store - thats where I got mine.

Step 6 - Remove the bobby pin
Step 7 - Put a jump ring through the hole where the bobby pin used to be
Step 8 - Create a second loop on the eye pin like you did in step 3/4
Step 9 - Put a jump ring on both sides of the eye pin.  
One one side you will attach the beads you strung together and on the other you will tie your elastic (step 11)

Step 10 - String a whole slew of your smaller beads onto your elastic.  Easy.
Step 11 - Now tie the elastic onto the jump rings on both sides. . . add a few knots and a drop of gorilla glue.
{Gorilla glue is my little trick when working with elastic.  One drop is all you need.}
If your bead has a large enough hole you can slip the know into the bead so its not so apparent. 

Once your glue is dry, your necklace is ready to wear!
There are quite a few steps but I think the end result is worth it.

Too much work for you??
Try an easier necklace like this one.

Now go and make some homemade gifts and Happy Christmas Crafting!

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