For our August issue of Martha Stewart Living, I developed a story how to make simple necklaces. It was a lot of fun to come up with all those ideas and I've since been making more.
It all started with Laura's wedding, for which I had nothing appropriate to wear and decided a fancy necklace might update my wardrobe just enough. In the story you can see that this necklace has more than one life. And it really is so simple to make.
Then I dyed some plain wood beads in various sizes ... and since I loved the wood beads even undyed, I played around some more and came up with what our editors called the 'bib necklace'. I've made another one with bone beads for my mom and this one with larger beads for myself. Looks quite a bit different, but is the same simple technique, which you can see in the magazine.
Wood beads are so satisfying, since they are really cheap, natural, easy to work with .... try them with this technique, shown on The Martha Stewart Show a while back. I made a longer version as well as a knitted version, which I created for our profile story.
I also have some pretty ones others have made. I am for example the proud owner of my custom long Jodi necklace, she gave to me for the craft department's last 'secret santa'. You can buy similar ones here.
And I couldn't resist buying this one, which is made out of resin, designed by Tina Frey and available here in many beautiful colors (maybe I need another one, after seeing my 'non color' inventory above).
I'm curious to see what necklaces you've made ...