When I was growing up, I spent most Saturday mornings garage sale shopping with my dad. Dad would get the paper early in the morning, while he was still on his first pot of coffee, and map out our stops. Then we’d drive all over, listening to The Eagles, hitting all the best sales. (Desperado is still one of my all-time favorite songs.) My dad always kept a little extra cash hidden in the back of his wallet in case I ever found something really good I “couldn’t live without”. But most of the time, I would seek out the cheap costume jewelry – the gaudier the better (even then, I loved dressing up). I would come home and get Dad’s pliers and play around with what I had bought, making and remaking necklaces and bracelets. Today’s project felt a little like that.
A few weeks ago, I posted these earrings, made from a necklace I found at a local thrift store. After wearing these a lot, I decided a gold necklace would be a good follow-up.
I went back to the thrifted necklace and took off a few more pieces to start with.
I dug through my jewelry supplies to find some beads that looked good with the gold. These are some of my favorites. The color is close to champagne with lots of shimmer.
Also in my jewelry supplies, I found an old necklace chain and a few jump rings. I put all these together and played around until I found a design I liked.
In the end, I cut the chain in half and attached two larger jump rings to the loose ends.
Then I attached the glass beads to three of the links with gold-plated wire and jump rings. I then took it all apart and put it back together several times (cutting the chain, adding and taking away beads, changing out jump rings) until I got it just right.
I love how simple and pretty it turned out.
*I can’t believe there are only 2 more days of 31 Days. There have been moments in The Thrift Project when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I’ve got one more big project coming before the end – and I haven’t actually started it yet, so wish me luck!