Over the weekend I created not one, but two necklaces that made me really, really happy. I thought this tutorial would be the perfect way to kick off the annual DTA Valentine extravaganza.
First, I have to tell you a story. See the well groomed people in the photo below? My Aunt Jan is on the upper left, my mom is on the right, followed by Papa Jack and Grandma Mary. Now my Grandma had beautiful taste. She was ALWAYS put together perfectly even when she was just going to the grocery store. She loved to have matching shoes, purses, and jewelry. Oh the jewelry.
When my grandmother passed away I was the only one with any interest in her costume jewelry. Her jewelry box was like the faux spectacular version of Ali Baba’s cave.
Rhinestones and pearls galore! In every color and length imaginable.
Sadly they have since sat in my jewelry box for the past 13 years barely worn. I have been making the family do a drastic purge of everything they don’t use. It seemed only fitting that I apply the same rules to myself. But I COULD NOT bring myself to part with the gems so I decided to give them a makeover so that I would actually wear them.
I took stock of all the bits of leftover chain I had from previous projects like the recent medicine cabinet makeover.
To get the length I needed I had to combine a few chains together with “O” rings.
Then I went to Joann’s to fill in a few gaps and found that their jewelry making supplies were 40% off. Oh Happy Day!
I laid out several different patterns until I found a layout I liked.
The same scenario occurred with the pink.
I attached the strands via another “O” ring to the bar set closure.
Here is the finished look of the other bar set with lobster clasp.
It looked good sitting in a dish.
It looked good with jeans and a T shirt…
…as well as a fancy lace top.
But the best part is that Grandma Mary’s gems are back in action.
Have you updated a family heirloom?