I have been on a small crafting spree lately. I made a new fall wreath, I've been taking in a few of my tops, I've made a couple of necklaces, and I started crocheting again. It feels good to get my creative juices flowing again although it is still much more challenging to find the time to craft. Lincoln's nap time is obviously the best followed by after he goes to bed at night. I've even found I can work on my projects with him in the room with me for a short amount of time while he amuses himself with toys, or non toys like the shoes in my closet or the ever fascinating vacuum cleaner.
I was feeling in the jewelry making mood and I wanted to work with some of my stash of beads. I always feel like I never have what I want to make a new necklace. It's the perpetual crafter's problem, the need to buy more supplies. I have tons of beads though so I knew there was something I could come up with what I already had and so this necklace was born.
My jewelry making process is simply to lay beads out in my tray and see what looks good together. I have been wanted some shorter necklaces that work will with v neck shirts. I have tons of pearl beads so I started laying them out and combing different colors until I settled on this ombre look. I used a peach, off white and bright white pearl. I got two of the colors from a garage sale where a lady was unloading what appeared to be her beading collection and the other one is from a craft store, probably Jo-Ann's. I also used beading wire, crimp beads, and these clasp that allow you to attach three strands of wire (I can't find the single pack online but this is basically what I bought for reference.)
I laid out my beading pattern so that each strand was a different length. I attached the beading wire to the clasp with a crimp bead, strung my row of beads and attached the other side of the wire to the clasp with another crimp bead. The clasp came with the lobster clasp already attached so that saved me a step. Repeat the process for the other two strands.
(I am definitely no jewelry expert so if you would like more detailed jewelry making tutorials, I suggest you check out the tutorial page of a much more talented jewelry maker by Bev at Flamingo Toes.)
I am actually pretty proud of this creation and I think it will be the perfect accessory for many of my shirts. I've already worn it and even got a complement at work.