Monday, June 4, 2012

The Green Goddess necklace (inspired by Shabby Apple)


A while back I pinned this Shabby Apple necklace on Pinterest because I just LOVE it!  (By the way, do you follow me on Pinterest?)  As you can see, it is $98.  That is a little high for a "fun" necklace for me!  So, I decided to use it as inspiration for my own necklace!  I named it after a summer favorite of mine- homemade Green Goddess salad dressing, no joke.  But it has green on it, so at least it applies!!!


I took a trip to JoAnns first to look for the most affordable beads.  I was able to find both pink beads (jade and quartz), and I already had the brown seed bead spacers and crimping beads.  Score!  I also found silver plated toggle clasps and a nice weight of "tiger tail" to string it up on.  All on sale at 40% off!!!

the  awesome faceted green beads I found!

Supplies needed (links where I had them):
Green faceted stone beads (I bought mine from a local bead shop)
larger size brown Seed beads (used as spacers)
Clasp
tiger tail
crimping beads
jewelry pliers

Silver plated toggle clasp.

The green beads were the most expensive part, at $2.50 per bead.  However, since I had some of the supplies on-hand and got the rest on sale, this necklace cost me about $35 to make myself (with leftover beads and supplies to use next time)!  Much better than $98, plus I LOVE my green beads and prefer my necklace to the Shabby Apple one.  So its a win all around!

How to make:
  1. Determine how long you want your necklace.  Lay out your beads in the order you want them (you may want more tiny and less big pink ones, etc.)  String up the longer chain first, that way if you need to adjust the shorter one to fit inside you can.
  2. On the ends, thread the two tiger tails through a crimping bead then the clasp part for that end.  Fold over the end of the tiger tails around the clasp, then thread carefully back through the crimper and crimp!
  3. Repeat for the other side.
  4. Trim your tiger tails and thread any remaining parts through the beads to hide.
  5. Wear your necklace, and humbly accept compliments "Oh this?  I happened to have made it."
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5 comments:

  1. I like your necklace better than the pinterest one too!

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  2. Love your version of this necklace and the focus on affordable. Smart and pretty. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  3. Great job! Happy to see that my Little sister's Creations are inspiring to others. She is very talented! You did a great job!

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    1. Very cool that you saw this! I do love her design! :)

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