When I saw this tutorial on Infarrantly Creative, I knew I had to try making this little beauty! Briolettes? Ribbon? Jewelry that sparkles? And you say I can make it match my outfit? Ummmm... yes! Where can I sign my life away to get one?
This was super-easy to make - the directions in the original tutorial from Beckie are awesome and I think I pretty much followed them. I got the briolettes, the ribbon clamp beads, and the briolettes for the second necklace from Etsy seller sevenjewelslake (though she's on vacation until 6/10, which I learned when I went to get the correct link for her shop, but I highly recommend her - great service and product).
At first I made the clear briolette string of beads - the main part to wear with everything - and then I made some yellow ribbons to wear with it, then some green and white striped ribbons and so on... it looks like a new necklace every time, I swear! [Ignore the terrible background on the next picture, I just wanted to show you the fancy ribbons!]
I had the little bows on there like Beckie did on hers, but mine kept falling off when I changed the necklace because I didn't glue or sew them on and I actually liked them plain, so I left them like this. Here are some views of the clasp so you can see how some of the magic works...
I liked this necklace so much that I used some of the briolettes from the mixed bag I'd gotten to make a little pink strand and paired that with some fun colored ribbons, which, thanks to my use of stickers in Picnik, helped me realize you could customize it to coincide with awareness ribbon colors or attach them to this little necklace.
The project was pretty inexpensive although I almost never actually buy supplies for a specific project, but the ribbon, string, and jump rings I had on hand and then the ribbon crimp beads were $3 for 25 of them and then the clear briolettes were $2 and the giant bag of mixed briolettes (that the pink ones came from) were $4. Basically, the necklace itself cost about $3 (because I used all of the clear briolettes on that first necklace).... and this is an Anthropologie-inspired necklace so I'm pretty thrilled with the result!
I'll be linking up to some of my favorite conferences, including Hooking up with HOH at House of Hepworths and Workshop Wednesdays at Goodbye city, Hello Suburbs!