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I bought these pearly shell beads at Joann’s a while ago. I loved the way the looked but had no idea what I was going to do with them. They sat in my jewelry stash until I was feeling inspired the other day to make a necklace with them.
I wanted to make something simple and shorter. I had another necklace that is the perfect short length so I used it as a guide for the length. I wanted to use two different types of beads so I started rooting around in my bead stash. The pearl beads caught my eye since the shell beads look very pearly. I played around with a couple of different sizes before settling on the tiny pearls. I also pulled out my beading thread, a tiny needle and a closure finding.
I started stringing the beads onto my thread. I alternated between the pearl and shell. I ended up stringing some extra pearls on the beginning and end so I would get the length of my inspiration necklace. I knotted the ends and used fittings that clamp on the ends of string and give a place to attach a closure (I have no idea what they are called.) Then I attached my closure.
This was so quick and easy and I love the way it came out. It has the elegance of pearls but with a different twist. Plus I get a real sense of accomplishment when I wear it. I love wearing something I made and paid a fraction of the cost then if I had bought it in the store. I actually found a pair of earrings at the garage sale I went to two weekends ago that are a perfect match for this necklace. I only paid 50 cents to make this a set 🙂
I took this pic my my remote firing control for my camera. I finally figured out how to use it and it was super easy. Can’t wait to use it more often.