If you haven't met me before, I'm Natalie and I blog over at NorthShore Days.
I live on the beautiful North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand and I am so honored to be part of this great collaboration called Inspiration Cafe! I hope you will pop over and visit my blog when you can.
Here at the Cafe we have been chatting about "What Inspires" us...this week is my turn...
I guess there are a number of things that inspire me... I'm a "giver" always have been and always will be... I love it when I see happiness and joy on the faces of those that receive. People inspire me....
My family inspires me....I try to surround myself with happiness and positivity....that too, inspires me... to be happy and positive and to pass it onto others.
My passion is crafting and especially jewelry making.... I love to share my ideas and tutorials with everyone...
I am most inspired by nature and I try to incorporate it into my simple designs as often as I can.
So today I want to share a very easy statement necklace tutorial with you all.
I can't tell you how much fun I had creating this necklace... its so simple to make and so rewarding to see the finished results.
What you will need for 1 necklace:
A Pendant, Long Headpins, Beads, Chain, Jump Rings and a Clasp
A pair of long nosed pliers and a pair of round nosed jewelry pliers.
If you don't have jewelry pliers, then just use the long nose pliers, your links won't be as rounded but that's okay!
How to Make the Necklace:
(following the step by step photos)
1. Choose the beads you are going to use and lay them out.
2. Make sure you have enough headpins for the number of beads you will use.
3. Thread a bead onto a long headpin.
4. Bend the headpin at a 90 degree angle, on both sides.
5. Using the round nosed jewelry pliers bend the headpin back around to form a loop.
6. Repeat for the other side. Then make up all the beads and headpins
7. Attach the beads together by gently opening a loop and slipping onto the loop of the next bead. Alternating with pieces of chain cut to the length you like. There is no rhyme or reason to the design so have fun...
8. I attached my Pendant onto a jump ring, linking two beads.
9. Measure the beaded part of the necklace to ensure both sides are even. I like to make necklaces to measure 55cm (21.5 inches).
Attach chain to make up the required length and add the clasp.
10. Enjoy your new necklace
So pretty right?
I have to admit I'm quite enamoured with it....
The necklace turned out so well that I just had to make another one, in beautiful Autumn colors
I've actually ordered more of these pendants, just because I love them so much....
I hope you are inspired to try your hand at one of these super simple necklaces...
Take care,have a fab week and thank you for stopping by the Cafe.
See you again very soon.