Monday, June 27, 2011

DIY Seed Bead Necklace Tutorial

This DIY project went through a few transformations before I finally settled on this particular design, and I have to say I love the way it came out.  My original intent was for it to just be a plain clustered necklace that was much shorter in length, lying closer to my collarbone.  But the more I worked with it, the more it just felt a little too mature.  I tried braiding it, and while it looked cool, it also looked too young, almost bordering on tweenish.  Finally this morning, it came to me to attach it to an existing old necklace I had on hand that was missing its pendant, and leave it as a simple long draped necklace.  So while this necklace really only took about 4-6 hours to make, it took over 4 weeks for me to finally settle on a design I loved.

To get the rest of the tutorial please visit here (I've moved the best of my DIY posts to my new blog)!  Thank you!!



24 comments:

  1. This is my new favorite! It looks so chic!! You are becoming quite the DIYer! You found your calling! HAHA!

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  2. I'm super impressed. Stunning!

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  3. Um, I pretty much NEVER wear jewelry(you'll see in Sept) but I do love this necklace! So pretty... and the colors are awesome!

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  4. Unlike Sugar Mama, I'm a jewelry junkie and just this weekend, while drooling over something I couldn't justify buying, decided I would have to start making my own jewelry. Your posts have been so inspiring! I love this--you need to make Monday your DIY jewelry day. I love it!

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  5. the necklace came out so beautiful! I remember when you started it. wow!! I can't wait to make one for myself.

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  6. That really turned out gorgeous. I love the colors too. yay for using the $1.50 chain from F21. haha.

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  7. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.LOL! This is really cute and chic. I'm so going to have to make one while I'm watching tv.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  8. So cute! I love your tutorials. Totally trying this, thanks Andrea!

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  9. this is so pretty. you are definitely rocking that necklace well, gorgeous! thanks for sharing, visiting from life made lovely.

    katie@little things bring smiles

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  10. This is SO cute! You're much more patient that I am! I tried to work with seed beads one day and gave up after about an hour. After seeing your necklace though, I may give it a second chance! Also pinned your on Pinterest!

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  11. It looks so high end, Andrea! Amazing job, girl!

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  12. wow, andrea! it looks fantastic.
    great colors and design.
    and your hair looks adorable in those photos!

    xo

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  13. Very pretty necklace. Love the colors. Thanks for the tip about picking up chains from Forever 21.

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  14. I just can't wait to make this :)

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  15. Girl you are so delightfully crafty and gifted! Who knew crafting with SPIT would look so cute!! haha, just kidding. I LOVE this!

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  16. That's so pretty! I love this necklace, and I'd totally make one myself but stringing the beads one by one scares me a little. I'll just admire it on you! :)

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  17. That is beautiful! But I'm pretty sure I would go blind stringing those beads, haha :) Great job!!

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  18. LOVE this!!!! I love the colors you used!

    New follower! :)

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  19. LOVE this :) come on over and link up to MMM!

    http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/2011/07/making-monday-marvelous-63.html

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  20. love this and love your blog! :-)

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  21. I'm now officially in love with your necklace! This is so pretty! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing. :)

    custom made jewelry

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  22. I recommend also adding a dab of clear nail polish to seal the plastic-y strings in place after you burn them so they don't poke. It's a great way to give it just a little extra staying power so those strings don't break.

    Super cute! I need to pull out my jewelry making stuff and play!

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  23. So pretty.. and I love working with rocailles....

    Thanks so much for this beautiful idea!

    Lari
    Cent4urThoughts.blogspot.com

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