Monday, November 11, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday - DIY White Opal Necklace

Hi!
**all items purchased by me

I managed to squeeze in a bit of crafting time yesterday in between all the running around I did, so I decided to share what I made with you all today for Miscellaneous Monday (plus I felt it's too early yet to share the snowman cutie I started last year and finally finished).  Earlier this year, I had purchased a pair of opal earrings from the Limited and they quickly became one of my favorite pairs of earrings.  The only problem... I didn't have any necklace that would coordinate with it.  I searched and searched all over the place trying to find one.  I finally gave up the hunt and went to a couple craft stores looking for the perfect beads to make a custom one.  I came across those perfect beads at Jo Ann Fabrics (and they were on sale that day).  I had planned on making it soon after buying my supplies but time got away from me, so here I am today with my project finally finished.  Just as a quick photography side note - I never realized how hard it was to capture the "fire" of opal stones on a very overcast day, so I did employ more color-correcting editing than normal to get it as close to what I see in real life as I could.
My completed necklace.  I actually used a regular eye pin (just the loop part) as a tiny link to be able to adjust it for wearing with v-neck shirts, but I wanted the link small enough so it would blend in pretty well since I made the necklace long enough to wear over bulky sweaters in the winter.

Supplies:
  • gold chain and gold beading wire
  • gold jump rings, flat eye pins, regular eye pin (optional), necklace finding
  • 6mm Filigree balls - gold with crystal
  • "Preciosa" Rondell 3mm/6mm White Opal string (Darice brand from Jo Ann's) - I used the full strand, including the clear beads
  • jewelry making pliers and side cutters
I am quite pleased with the result - especially since I was having a hard time getting what I had imagined it would look like when I purchased the supplies to actually getting it to look right in real life.  This was the first time that I used beading wire and crimp beads - I'm quite happy with how easy and quick it was to do.

Here's a picture of my earrings from the Limited that are my inspiration and what I wanted to coordinate with.

Do you ever search and search for the perfect accessory to go with something only to never come up with a store-bought option?  What do you do then?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions/designs are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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