Thursday, April 21, 2011
the necklace round robin... the first exchange
I received Heidi's necklace last night. It is a four strand beauty with a vintage clasp in the center of the 18" starter. What a joy! I couldn't wait to get started on it! This morning I rooted through my vintage estate sale stash and my bead boxes and pulled out everything I thought might match. This is what I came up with.
For the middle strand, I used a great vintage necklace (I just snipped off the clasp), and added 2 short additions to each end to make it long enough, and to turn one strand into 2 for the ends (to keep the necklace at four strands overall). Where the vintage necklace connects to the smaller chain/pearl chain duo, I added some vintage buttons for accent and dangle.
For the 2nd strand, I took apart a broken necklace to use the chain pieces. Then I made some sparkling ivory trios to connect the chain pieces together.
The 3rd strand is a great old length of chain that I found on a bolt at an estate sale. It is perfect!
I think I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. I really hope Heidi likes it. I had so many other great pieces I wanted to add, but I couldn't use it all!
We have 2-3 weeks to complete our necklace, and I finished in less than 24 hours! I had a blast with this and I can't wait to get the next one! I'll keep you posted!