I usually post about 2 or 3 times per week, but I’m cutting back for now. I’ve been busy trying to learn how to use my camera. I’ve been spending hours reading, watching video tutorials and practicing like mad. The photos in this post are the first ones I’ve taken in camera setting RAW. But this has been taking up my crafting time. Learning photography has been challenging for me. It’s an art that takes patience and talent. I’ve never had any interest in it and still don’t. I’ll never be hired to photograph someone’s wedding and that’s okay. But I’m going to stick with this until I can at least produce clear, sharp photos for tutorials.
Give me some beads and I’m in happy-land! So let’s move onto today’s tutorial. A couple of months ago I was browsing Anthropologie’s web site. I love their products, but not so much their prices. This suede necklace is my knock-off version of one of their pieces, at a lot less cost.
Here’s the original. I don’t think they offer it anymore. It had gotten bad reviews. Apparently the suede strap was flimsy and broke. I made sure that I used suede leather cord for mine. I couldn’t break it if I tried.
Let me show you how I did it. The supplies are suede leather cord, 16 colored beads at least 8mm in diameter, 10 barrel shaped metal beads, 12 spacer beads (I used 10 aught silver seed beads), chain fringe, beading wire, 2 jump rings, 4 single open-loop bead tips, and 4 crimp beads.
The tools I used are: crimper, wire cutter, round tip pliers, chain nose pliers, and E6000 jewelry glue.
Step 1: cut 2 pieces of beading wire about 15″ long. Slide your beads on, then the bead tip, followed by the crimp bead.
Step 2: thread the wire back down the crimp bead, crimp it, trim excess wire off. Then I added a drop of E6000 glue and waited 10 minutes before proceeding. Repeat this step for all 4 wire ends.
Step 3: Add the chain fringe to the open hook on your bead tip. Using your round tip pliers close the loop. Using your chain nose pliers close the clam shell of the bead tip.
This is how it should look:
Complete this for both bead wires, and you should be here:
Step 4: Cut a piece of suede leather cord. I cut mine at 48″. Tie the ends to a jump ring, trim excess and add a drop of E6000 glue. Wait 10 minutes for the glue to set. Then add the jump ring to the open hook of a bead tip. Close the loop, and shut the clam shell just like step 3 above.
There are other ways to attach the separate pieces. This was the one I chose to use.
Pretty easy, huh?
This is a fun accessory that I’m looking forward to wearing soon.
I’m joining linky parties on my side bar.