It must be the week of necklaces and boy to I have a DIY treat for you! Sara from Beautifully Contained is here to show you how to make a pretty snazzy necklace! Are you like me an can’t get enough of her creative DIY projects? Follow her on Twitter + Facebook + Pinterest!
Hey! I am really excited to be back today because I’ve been saving up this seed bead necklace especially for you guys! And look at who agreed to be the lovely model for the project? Thanks Christie—you are the best!
It seems that statement necklaces are huuuuuge this year. A few weeks ago I was walking past the bead section of my local craft store and they happened to be on sale. Like, 50% off on sale. Now, I’ve got pretty good self-control, but I do have a few weaknesses: 1) put a piece of chocolate out in front of me and dare me not to eat it (ha), and 2) throw me in the middle of a bunch of beads and dare me not to buy any (yeah right!). So after a lot of hemming and hawing over the huge selection, I ended up walking out of there with two bunches of pre-strung cobalt-blue seed beads, which I then used to make this:
Isn’t it cute? It goes with so many outfits!
BUT, onward to the important stuff—the how-to! First off, these are the things that you’re going to need:
- Nylon thread
- Seed beads (I suggest the pre-strung ones because they make re-stringing onto the nylon a LOT easier).
- Crimp beads
- Small pliers or crimping pliers
- 2 medium-sized jump rings and 1 necklace clasp
If you’ve never used crimp beads before, they are actually little metal beads that can be flattened down with pliers. You can use them to secure strands of beads so that all of your hard work doesn’t slide right off.
To make your bead strands, you’re going to string a bunch of beads to the length that you want, and then at the end add 1 crimp bead. Take the end of your nylon string and loop it back through the crimp bead to form a little loop, and then clamp it shut with the pliers to hold everything in place. You’ll do this for each end of the bead strands.
Take one of your jump rings and open it up. Loop one end of your bead strands onto the jump ring and then attach one end of your clasp. Repeat this for the other side of the bead strands (and the other end of the clasp!).
When you’re done, your clasps/rings/strands will look like this:
And now you’re done! See how easy that was? I made all of my bead strands exactly the same length, although kind of I wish that I had left them all slightly different to give it some more dimension. I guess that this will just give me an excuse to go back and make another one sometime!
Since autumn is on my mind I wanted to share some falling leaves inspiration. Don’t be
fooled get your hopes up by the “for the baby” that is not a secret code announcing anything. I am simply making a suggestion for anyone with kids. I can’t wait to have my own some day, but that day is not today. What do you think about the patterned leaves trend? As I’m writing typing this I have a few notebooks scattered around with a similar pattern.
I love the leaf wall – how epic is that?
I’m usually savoring every last second of summer but I found myself getting excited for autumn. Central New York is a gorgeous place in the fall. I’ve never seen the leaves so vivid, felt the air so crisp, and invigorating. I am looking forward to the change of season and with that mustard is on my mind. I think this is one of my favorite fall hues.
What color do you want to see emphasized? Send your suggestions to bedsidesign [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a comment!
Pastels aren’t just for babies. They are softer versions of some of my favorite colors and they take on their own personality. I love when pastels are grouped together. Pastels can convey an effortless vintage feeling or they can look modern and fresh when paired with white [my favorite way].
Craving more color?
Spotlight: Variya –
Today I am introducing you to my favorite artisan jewelry maker – Variya! She is extremely talented, and is a dear friend of mine. She created and designed the jewelry for my wedding. I wanted something unique and nautical, but not cheesy. I also wanted to think outside the box of bridal jewelry and add a punch of color.
Keeping with the theme, and knowing I could handle a little drama (come on, I’m a Long Islander) we went with a navy freshwater pearl cluster, Swarovski crystals, and a teardrop shell pendent, embellished with a long crystal and pearl dangle at the closure in the back. It was love at first sight! Here’s a shot of me seeing my necklace for the first time.
“I love creating the perfect design for a wedding and seeing how happy a bride is to have the jewelry she dreamed of for her perfect day.”
I also decided to surprise my bridesmaids with necklaces that mirrored the look of mine with a navy freshwater pearl, Swarovski crystal and silver chain.
So, if you ask me, Variya is the place to find hip, edgy artisan jewelry in a vintage – modern style. I also have sensitive skin and luckily Variya takes that into consideration.
“I specialize in Titanium & Niobium Earrings for metal allergies and extra sensitive ears. All of my pieces are designed and hand-crafted by me, of course! Custom work is also my specialty, please contact me for your custom design for any occasion.”
But it doesn’t stop there…Variya has an Etsy site where you can purchase her jewelry as in – it is hand-crafted but it can be everyday jewelry as well! I recently received this necklace as a present for my anniversary (thanks honey). Not only is it super unique but it’s called Tangerine Crush – totally hot for 2012 since the Pantone color of the year is Tangerine Tango (17-1463).
Interested in learning a little more about Variya? Check out our Q&A.