Thursday, January 6, 2011

Amie's Beautiful necklace and GIVEAWAY!

I'm so excited for today's tutorial.  I think I'm going to be making one in several different colors.  Amie is so sweet and talented.  Once you check out her adorable tutorial don't forget to enter her giveaway at the end!
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Hello Crystal's readers! I'm so excited to be that Crystal has invited me to visit her blog again! Her blog was one of the very first I started following when I stumbled upon the craft blogging world. She is one of the most talented women I know-through-blogging.

In case you missed me last time, I'm Amie, and I run a little blog called Kitty Cats and Airplanes. I'm a full time personal elementary school tutor and I love my job! I also love anything crafty, which is why I started my craft blog back in September. It's a place where I like to share my crafty endeavors, recipes, and other projects that inspire me. I have serious crafting ADD, so you're sure to always find something new and exciting! (My current kick is jewelry.)

This is me and my hubby, isn't he dreamy? He's great, he puts up with all of my crafting obsessions and even dabbles in some crafts himself! Some of my favorite projects include:




 And this button bracelet. I have a ton of tutorials so be sure to take a minute to check out all of them!

As I mentioned earlier, my current crafty kick is jewelry. I love perusing through websites and finding inspiration for my own jewelry. That's how I ended up here today. I know you've seen knock offs from Anthropologie, J. Crew and other fancy sites, but my piece today actually came from Old Navy!


I love it! I love the ribbon strung through the chain, the feminine flower, pearls and black satin, what's not to love? The $15 price tag doesn't exactly make me cringe, but why shell out money when I can make my own with things I already have?

 Ah yes, I very much like my version. Would you like to make one too? This is one of the easiest pieces I've made so far, it didn't require any fancy jewelry making tools or skills. If you can sew, you can make this!

You will need:
  • Thin, black, satin ribbon
  • Black lace (I ended up using black lace from the bolt, not trim like pictured above)
  • Strong black thread and needle (I used upholstery thread)
  • Medium sized silver chain and two large jump rings
  • Large faux pearls (8mm)
  • Scissors
  • Heat source for heat sealing ribbon (not pictured)
  • Clear nail polish (not pictured)
  • Needle nose pliers (not pictured)
This necklace has three parts to it. The first thing to do is to thread the thin ribbon through your chain. I took a 12 inch length of chain and a 30 inch length of ribbon. I used tape to create a "needle" on the end of the ribbon to make it easier to thread.

This is the most time consuming part of the necklace. Simply thread the ribbon through every other link in the chain just like you were sewing.

Wanna know a secret to make it easier? Tape it all down! Hold the chain taut with one hand and do the threading with the other hand. When I figured this out it went infinitely faster! Done with the first part. Two more to go!
Next, thread a length of strong black thread through your needle. We're going to make the fancy pearl section of the necklace!
Cut two lengths of black ribbon (I didn't do any measuring here, but they should be at least a foot long, if not more) and heat seal the ends. Thread them onto your needle and then add a large glass pearl.

This part is a little tricky to explain so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that the picture tells it better than I will. Take one of your ribbons and wrap it around one side of the pearl. Use the needle to thread the strong thread through the ribbon and secure it in place. Do the same thing with the other ribbon on the other side of pearl. You should end up with a ribbon encased pearl. String another pearl on and wrap it with ribbon again, and continue until you have a strand of six pearls. Don't cut anything after this!!!

The third part is the flower. I decided to use black lace because I kind of love lace. To make this particular flower, cut out several flower shapes out of lace. This does NOT have to be perfect, just fold the fabric several times, cut out a flower shape through all the layers and you'll end up with a handful in one easy step!

Take one flower and fold it in half twice. There is no rhyme or reason to this, no need to try and line everything up, just fold it so there is a point. Thread another piece of strong thread through your needle and then thread your folded flower onto it. Do this for all your flowers, and then carefully fan them out into a circle. If you find that your flower is thin and not full enough, cut out some more flowers and just add them. Keep fanning and fluffing the folded flowers until you have a shape you like.

This makes your flower very three dimensional! I added a tiny faux pearl to mine and knotted the whole thing off. Now we're ready to assemble the necklace!

Thread a large jump ring through (that has been TWISTED, not pulled open with needle nose pliers) the chain AND ribbon. Just ease the ribbon through, it should easily be done. Once the chain and ribbon are threaded on, add the flower. I just used the thread on the back of mine. Then, thread on your little pearl length through (leave the ribbons and thread free). It's a lot to add to one little jump ring, but it should all fit just fine! Close the jump ring by twisting it back.

 Amazing what one little jump ring can do! Position the three pieces so that the pearl length and it's ribbons and threads are up and the threaded chain is down.

Remember how you left those ribbons and threads? This is so you can tie your necklace off! Tie a knot very close to the pearls.

Once knotted, you can cut off the threads and ONE of the ribbons. Don't cut the other one off or you won't be able to wear your necklace!

On the other side of your necklace (the one with only the chain and ribbon) string another large jump ring through the chain AND the ribbon. Then, string a shorter length of ribbon and through tie a tiny little bow there.

Isn't it cuuuuute? Use the clear nail polish to seal the knot.

Remember how you cut off one of the ribbons earlier? Take it and tie it onto the jump ring with the bow to finish off your necklace!! Go back and heat seal any raw edges and use the clear nail polish on any knots you've created. And you're done!



 Admire your handiwork because you, my friend, just made one fantastic necklace. To wear it, simply tie the ribbons behind your neck!

Like the necklace but don't have the time or supplies to make one of your own? You're in luck, because I'm giving this very necklace away to one of Crystal's readers! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post! (Including your email address would make it much easier for Crystal to contact you if you win!)

Want additional entries? Leave a separate comment for doing any (or all!) of the following:
FOUR ways to win! Aren't you excited?? Thanks for letting me stop by again Crystal. If you've got a minute I'd love for you to come over to Kitty Cats and Airplanes to say hi or check out my tutorials and recipes! (You know, since you need to go over there anyway for an extra entry ;)

30 comments:

Ambrosia said...

Ohhh! I LOVE this necklace - I can picture wearing it with so many things in my closet!

Ambrosia said...

I follow Kitty Cats and Airplanes.

Ambrosia said...

I like Crystal's Craft Spot on facebook

Ambrosia said...

I like Kitty Cats and Airplanes on facebook!

hipchic~cynde said...

Thanks for sharing this greast post and tutorial!! LOVE the necklace.I am off to go read her blog. :)Have a great day.

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

cute, cute - I'd love to win!

littlebirdseeds said...

Uber cute.
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Brooke Anna said...

I'd love to win, and can'at wait to see me over here :)
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Brooke Anna said...

I follow KK&A already :)
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Tiffany said...

Beautiful necklace! So many options on this to personalize it too.

Tiffany said...

I like Crystal's Craft Spot on FB.

Tasia said...

This is completely adorable and seems so simple to make!

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Tasia said...

I follow Kitty Cats and Airplanes!

Tasia said...

I like Crystal's Craft Spot on facebook

Tasia said...

I like Kitty Cats and Airplanes on FB

Scrappy Gifts said...

Wow amazing necklace! Thanks for the giveaway!

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AmieAnn said...

So Cute! I am a follower of Kitty Cats and Airplanes!

AmieAnn said...

I am a follower of Crystal's Craft Spot

AmieAnn said...

I am a facebook follower of K&A

AmieAnn said...

I am a facebook follower of CCS!

Janna said...

really cute!!

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Jessica Rae said...

This is such a cute necklace! Very creative!

Jessica @ pupslove.blogspot.com

Tabitha said...

Thanks for sharing the tuturiol on your blog on how to do this. Very cute. Love the button bracelet as well.
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April Showers said...

I follow Kitty Cats and Airplanes blog.

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April Showers said...

I follow Crystal's Craft Spot on facebook!

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April Showers said...

I like Kitty Cats and Airplanes on facebook!

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Sharon said...

So cute - and doable when you break down each step so well! Of course, I have no free time, so I'd love to win it. Thanks for the tutorial!

Sharon said...

New follower at Kitty Cats & Airplanes! (PS - this would go great with the skirt you showed us how to make over at Craftaholic!)

Sharon said...

I like Crystal's Craft Spot on Facebook!

Sharon said...

And...I "like" kitty cats & airplanes on facebook! Now, back to your blog and more tutorials. Thank you!

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