(tryin' something new here.........)
Sweater: J Crew Linen Cable Knit sweater, sz.XS
Pants: J Crew Factory Skimmer Pants, sz. 2
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: J Crew
Necklace/bracelet: made by me
Usually during the summer, I go on a jewelry making kick. I love 'crafting' but I don't have any true artistic talent (painting, sculpting, drawing are far beyond me) but I can slap some beads onto string without too much trouble. Sometimes it's successful, as with my rendition of J Crew's bubble necklace, and sometimes it's not. Sometimes the project comes together quickly, and I can crank out a piece in a matter of hours, and sometimes the project sits half finished for weeks. Either way, it keeps my idle hands busy during my summer vacation, and sometimes a wearable piece comes out of the process.
My latest attempt worked out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself:
I also made a yellow and black version:
I have a similar lavender necklace with silver findings in the works, but with classes now started, I haven't quite finished it yet.
I bought all the supplies from Fusionbeads.com, and there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of technique involved. Probably the hardest part was using a wire wrapping technique to attach the smaller Swarovski crystal piece to the larger filigree piece. But really, even with no prior experience, I was able to manage that fine. Other than that, it's just stringing beads and tying knots.
If anyone is interested in re-creating the piece, here is the copied invoice from my order:
|BM1001||13.5x10.5mm Gold Plated Base Metal Filigree Drop with Loop 1 piece||2||0.84||1.68|
|BM1023||34mm Gold Plated Base Metal Round Filigree with Pointed Edges 1 piece||2||2.51||5.02|
|BM1036||13.5x10.5mm Silver Plated Base Metal Filigree Drop with Loop 1 piece||2||0.87||1.74|
|BM1058||34mm Silver Plated Base Metal Round Filigree with Pointed Edges 1 piece||1||2.79||2.79|
|BM2363||25.5x11mm Silver Plated Hook & Eye Clasp 1 set||1||1.05||1.05|
|BM2364||25.5x11mm Gold Plated Hook & Eye Clasp 1 set||2||1.05||2.10|
|BM2531||2mm Silver Plated Brass Round Crimp Bead 1 piece||8||0.06||0.48|
|BM2532||2mm Gold Plated Brass Round Crimp Bead 1 piece||15||0.06||0.90|
|BM2767||6mm Silver Plated Base Metal 20 Gauge Open Jump Ring 1 piece||10||0.05||0.50|
|BM2768||6mm Gold Plated Base Metal 20 Gauge Open Jump Ring 1 piece||20||0.08||1.60|
|BM3112||0.38x11.5mm Gold Plated Base Metal 3 Strand Spacer Bar 1 piece||4||0.11||0.44|
|BM3115||0.38x10mm Silver Plated Base Metal 2 Strand Spacer Bar 1 piece||4||0.09||0.36|
|BM3116||0.38x10mm Gold Plated Base Metal 2 Strand Spacer Bar 1 piece||4||0.11||0.44|
|CN3186||6mm Silver Plated Round Link Rollo Chain 6 inches||2||1.62||3.24|
|CN3192||6mm Matte Gold Plated Round Link Rollo Chain 6 inches||3||2.16||6.48|
|GL1314||6mm Light Amethyst Round Czech Pressed Glass Bead 50 pieces||4||2.26||9.04|
|GL2976||4mm Milky Yellow Round Czech Pressed Glass Bead 50 pieces||6||1.59||9.54|
|GL3375||6mm Light Jade Opal Round Czech Pressed Glass Bead 50 pieces||5||4.14||20.70|
|PW1019||12x15mm 3 Strand Gold Plated Pewter End Bar Link 1 piece||2||0.75||1.50|
|RI2020||15mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Silver Plated Filigree 1 piece||1||3.36||3.36|
|RI2033||15mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Gold Plated Filigree 1 piece||1||3.36||3.36|
|RI2042||15mm Jet Swarovski Elements Crystal Gold Plated Filigree 1 piece||1||3.36||3.36|
The only supplies used that weren't included in the list are some fine gauge dead-soft silver wire for attaching the two filigree pieces, nylon stringing material, a beading needle, and a jewelry pliers (I already had those on hand). The Czech Pressed glass beads come in about a gazillion different colors and sizes, so really the color possibilities are endless. You could go with larger beads (like 10 mm) for a one-strand necklace and that would simplify things immensely, or go with smaller beads for a 4 or 5 strand necklace for a bolder look.
Also, the cost looks a little high because: a. I over-bought on the glass beads intending to make bracelets out of the extra beads (as seen in above outfit photos), and b. the cost is for 3 necklaces. I think the look could be achieved for less if plastic beads and non-Swarovski crystals were used (those things are expensive!)
I'm telling myself it looks J Crew-esque. Probably you could find a made-in-China knock-off on eBay for a heck of a lot less, but where's the fun in that?