Beading by candle light

Monday, 7 November 2011

If you have read this blog before, or are a new visitor (hello!) and have decided to stick around, then I'm going to guess that like me you have a draw, hook or box of jewellery that you don't want to get rid of but don't want to wear either. I have put together an easy necklace using a combination of old necklaces to make a shiny new one. I have put a guide below, but there's no right or wrong just go with what you've got. 
To start, you'll need a mix of old beaded and chain necklaces a few additional jump rings and a lobster clasp. 


Decide how long you want your necklace - mine was about 44cm and how long you want the centre section to be. Measure three lengths of chain (the centre chain will be the true length of the centre section). These need to decrease in size by about 1cm each length, the longest chain needs to be the lowest, open a jump ring and thread the three lengths of chain, do the same with the other end. 
The perspex chain was already threaded so I cut to the length that I wanted and added to the jump ring. I finished with a small length of chain and a lobster clasp. 
I added the jewels to chain at the very end so that I could see how many I needed to get a layered effect. That's the beauty of this you can just make it up and see where you end up. 
 
The finished necklace
Sorry for the dark pictures, by the time I got to take these on Sunday it was dark and couldn't get very good light, hence having to take these in two different places using a variety of candles and fairylights to boost the brightness.

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