August 26, 2010
Inspiration Board : Brooch Necklace
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Today’s post is written by Ashley Little, a web producer for marthastewart.com.
My favorite projects from Martha Stewart Living are always the jewelry crafts. When I browse a new issue, I immediately put the jewelry projects on my list of things to make, and this brooch and ribbon necklace from last February's issue has been on my list for months! Luckily, it took very little time to make.
Take a look at my how-to photos and make one of your own!
Ribbon: M&J Trimming
Wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, and spray paint: Michaels
Jump rings: Union Max
Brooches and earrings: ClassicStyleSupplies on Etsy
1 First, I gathered all my supplies. I will be using a combination of brooches and earrings for my necklace.
2 I bought the jump rings at Union Max, one of my favorite Brooklyn findings stores.
3 I was distracted by all the pretty beads, buttons…
4 …and necklaces. I left the store with a lot more than just jump rings!
5 M&J Trimming in the Garment District is my go-to for ribbon.
6 I stood in front of the ribbon for at least a half-hour deciding on a color.
7 I used wire cutters to remove the backs from the brooches and earrings. Be sure the smooth side is down so the bits don’t hit your face!
8 I filed away the sharp leftovers with a file…
9 …then used sandpaper to finish it.
10 I spray-painted only two of the earrings because I didn’t want a lot of copper in my necklace.
11 Most of the spray paint was dabbed off the earrings with a paper towel, wiping the rhinestones clean.
12 Jump rings were attached to both sides of every piece using the needle-nose pliers.
13 When opening and closing jump rings, pull the opening away from you. Hinging the opening could cause the ring to weaken or break.
14 I continued linking the pieces with the jump rings.
15 It’s coming together very quickly!
16 After I linked everything together, I threaded the ribbon through the end rings…
17 …and tied a knot at the end of the ribbon.
18 Within minutes, the necklace was finished!
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