Every so often, I get a wild hair about a DIY project. I see something ( it’s usually jewelry), and I say to myself, “Self, you have to have that! But it’s $200/$400/$1,000,000!” Then comes the scary part. You know what’s coming…say it along with me. “You know, I could totally make that!”
We’ve all said it at some point, no? And then it goes into our mental DIY file, the place we put all those projects we plan to do, never to be seen or heard from again.
But, for once in my life, I actually finished one of these little DIY dreams. Can you imagine? And so, blatantly plagarized for your enjoyment, the Etten Eller necklace I couldn’t live without:
And my version:
What do you think, friends? Not quite as wonderful as the original, but it’s not bad for $50 in beads, I think. I do have some residual guilt about knocking off a designer piece, but the I-did-it-myself pride is doing a good job of mitigating that for me. Of course, if you factor in the 15 hours I spent hemming and hawing, finding suppliers, actually deciding to order the goods, and the relatively minor 45 minutes it took me to make the necklace once I had everything, I’m not sure I actually saved any money. But if you’re more decisive than I am, it’s definitely worth the effort!
On the off chance you get a wild hair about doing the same thing, I’ll give you a list of materials and tips after the jump.
I ordered everything from Shipwreck Beads, and they were excellent – got everything right, quality seemed good, and you get free shipping if you sign up for their newsletter. You do have to order some pretty large quantities of a few pieces, but when they’re $2 for a gross, it’s not a huge loss. My shopping list:
|08CX854||Chain Beading Bright Gold .7mm||6||6.95|
|14SS524||Toggle Clasp Sterling 14mm Hoop||1||9.50|
|68ME854||Metal Tube Smooth Brass 5×5.5mm||72||2.40|
|6FI895-SF||Jump Ring Solid Sterling Silver Filled 20 Gauge 6mm||10||3.00|
|6MR812||Round Smooth Silver Plating 6mm||100||7.38|
|8MR812||Round Smooth Silver Plating 8mm||75||14.06|
|ME917-NS||In Metal Disc 2mm Hole Nickel Silver 6mm||144||2.65|
|ME917-RB||In Metal Disc 2mm Hole Brass 6mm||144||2.85|
|FI161-G||Crimp Tube With Eye Gold 3.5mm .048 In Id||12||3.45|
|FI201-1SS||Jump Ring Sterling Silver 3mm 21 Gauge||20||4.35|
I happened to have a couple of inches of leftover gold chain from another project, so I didn’t need to order the chain to connect the toggle to the beads.
From this point, I’m guessing you can work out how to make this, but the short version: Attach a crimp tube to one end of the beading chain to keep the beads on while you work. Thread the beads however you like them, measure to the length you want (mine was 19.5 inches before attaching the chain and toggle clasp). After you’ve threaded the beads, grasp the chain tightly at the end of the last bead, cut the chain about 1/8 inch from your pliers, and attach a crimp tube. Repeat for the second strand.
Use a large (6mm) jump ring to connect the two strands. Cut a 1-inch piece of gold chain, thread through the 6mm jump ring, then attach both ends to a second, smaller jump ring (3mm), along with one end of the toggle clasp. Do the same thing on the other side, and presto!