Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jewelry: 2011 Holiday Necklace

I found a great "little black dress" for the company party this year. It hits just above the knee, has a figure-flattering shape, and an interesting scallop-puckered fabric that forgives any remaining flaws. It also has a deep "v" in front and back. And, as I happen to have super short hair, I got the idea to make a necklace with most of the interest in the back.

I stewed on a design for a few days and then went on a scouting trip to my favorite bead store, Crystal Bead Bazaar in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsbugh. I needed chain, a metal ring, and some dangly items. I had considered adding clay elements to my design but decided against it, opting to go simple and more delicate than my usual tendency might be.

As luck would have it, I found exactly what I needed: three different chains, a delicate sparkly ring, and 3 cones  in a gunmetal finish.
Note...the clothing shown here is not the fabulous dress mentioned above.
 The necklace is just long enough that it fits over my head, therefore, no clasp required. Good thing, because I couldn't figure out how I was going to make a clasp look good -- no idea I had in mind was wowing me.

The football-shaped links of one chain were joined by figure-8 shaped links which proved to be the ideal size to link all the chains to the ring. Once I figured out that I didn't need a clasp, the whole thing went together in about 20 minutes. I had one big crystal bicone that I wired into the center drop down the back. And for an added bonus, the metal cones at the end are like tiny wind chimes and make a delicate clinking sound when I move.

In other news...
Anyone watching "American Horror Story"? Freaky, bizarre, and interesting. I've watched all 4 episodes and I'm hooked. You can watch them online here:
Also watched the first two episodes of "Project Accessory" and enjoyed it. You can watch it here:


  1. Pretty. I love the chains hanging down the back!

  2. Love it! That dangle down the back is so sexy, and what I can see of the dress is great!
    Enjoy the day.

  3. Enjoying watching Project Accessory too. Isn't it great that we can design our own accessories and no one is forcing us to make a pair of shoes!

  4. cool design! Have fun wearing it!

  5. Very cool! I love it! Have a great party!

  6. I LOVE the chain hanging down the back! When I made wedding jewelry, I did that sometimes, but I like the rock-and-roll-princess look of this.

    Thank you, by the way, for your lovely comment on my blog. It was much needed.



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