I have to begin this post with this declaration….”If *I* can do this….ANYONE can do this!” :-) I have never, EVER attempted to make a piece of jewelry in my entire life, but I really, REALLY loved this necklace I found on the J.Crew website and decided I would do ANYTHING to get it….except pay full price! lol.
It’s called the “Crystal Venus Fly Trap” necklace and it really appeals to me because it’s BLING but with a CLASSIC feel to it. I have no idea if that makes any sense, but suffice it to say I just really loved it. But at $98.00, I didn’t love it THAT much. (I really need to stop going to that site…I love practically everything on it but can’t stomach the prices! So I basically torture myself needlessly. My masochistic tendencies coming out I guess.)
So I went online and poked around to see if someone who actually has some knowledge of jewelry-making had a DIY version of this. Sure enough I found Dina at A Splendid Assemblage. JACKPOT! She apparently had the same reaction as I did to finding the Venus Flytrap necklace. Liked it…but not enough to shell out 98 hard earned $’s. :-)
Her J.Crew-inspired necklace tutorial made it look SO EASY, I decided I could totally do it! Now normally when I think that it turns out to be wishful thinking on my part and things go very wrong, very quickly. But much to my surprise….it really WAS easy! The hardest part for me was working with the tiny jewelry pieces using these darn fake nails! ugh! If it weren’t for how much I hate to see my stubby, unattractive nails on camera in blog posts…I would have ripped them all off by now! Luckily I had my nailing-biting daughter Britta to help me with the most challenging parts. (Sorry to rat you out Miss Britta! hehe)
The first thing I had to do was go online and order the parts. While it took me some time, I eventually hunted them all down and they were all very inexpensive. Most of them I found via Etsy.com. My grand total for supplies was about $15.00…a LOT better than almost $100.00. My labor was “free”, although I’m sure Britta will make me “pay” somewhere down the line. ;-)
Here is a list of things you’ll need to make this necklace:
- Clear cabochons (I had never HEARD of a Cabochon before, but I found them easily enough on Etsy. I bought Clear Acrylic Cabochon Beads, 16mm.)
- Cabochon settings with lace edge in the same size as your cabochons (mine were 16mm.)
- Necklace chain (in hindsight I wish I’d bought a little heftier chain, but what I got worked OK.)
- Clasp and jump rings (again, I had no idea what a “jump ring” was, but Etsy to the rescue!)
- E-6000 glue (now THIS I knew…and already HAD! yay!)
- Needle nose pliers (Well, I searched high and low around the house and in the garage and couldn’t locate ONE pair of the dozen I’m sure we have somewhere, so I made do and used some wire cutters. They worked, but I wouldn’t recommend!)
Using your pliers (or whatever device you can come up with!) bend down two of the lace “bumps” on each cabochon setting. One on each side, directly opposite each other.
Connect the cabochon settings together into a strand using the jump rings until you reach the desired length (keeping in mind you are going to add chain to it). I stopped at 13 (why would I DO that!?) It looked like the right length. I wanted it to be fairly short, a little longer than a choker. Make sure to insert the jump rings in the same direction when linking them so the jewels don’t flip over when you go to put it on.
Now comes the fun part! Once you have connected the desired number of cabochon settings, apply a small dot of the glue on each crystal and push them into the setting. Press down firmly for 5 – 10 seconds. E-6000 glue is very strong…those babies aren’t going anywhere!
While the glue dries (which doesn’t take long), cut the chain in the desired length and then cut that in half. Using your plying device of choice, attach each piece of chain on each end of the necklace. Then attach a jump ring on one end of the chain and the clasp on the other end.
And guess what? You just made a very cool necklace that will be the envy of everyone who sees it! Well, at least those of use who appreciate fine jewelry. ;-)
Now go put it on and go someplace nice. You deserve it!
Have you ever attempted jewelry-making? What did you make? Inspire me!