Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday - Bling It On or How to Make a Lucky Number Necklace

This is a fun piece that I made for a friend's housewarming party (she collects gnomes), but it would also make a great idea for a lucky number or initial necklace!

My friend likes big jewelry, but this can also be made in a smaller size or would make a great accent piece hanging on a mirror or frame.

(and everyone needs at least one piece of big chunky jewelry in their closet, right, plus I know you are really into the industrial bling ... or was that Fergie?)

You will need:

1. metal house number (these come in all sizes)
2. hardware - washers, eyehooks, screws
3. doodads for hanging (beads, charms, etc)
4. neck chain
5. jump rings and slip rings
6. power drill (drill press preferred)
7. pliers

1. Decide on the placement for your doodads (bottom, sides, front) and mark your locations with a marker. Drill a hole (smaller then your eyehook) on the top for your chain and on the marks you have placed for your doodads.

2. Screw in your eyehooks and washers. Add slip rings or jump rings.

3. Add your chain and doodads.

Your only limit is your imagination- you can decoupage parts of the number and even hang your number horizontally for added interest!


M.M.E. said...

Until now, I thought doodad was a work made up by someone like Lucille Ball. But apparently it's a very technical jewelry term.

Catherine Ivins said...

Yes Megan and only the most serious jewelry designers (the ones that work with house numbers and things) are privy to this type of inside information.


Kate and Oli said...

this is an ingenious idea! i love it! and think i might feature it in my tutorial post later this week!

i also tagged you on my blog yesterday:

have a great day!

Catherine Ivins said...

Thanks Kate! (and Oliver)!

Anonymous said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Katie said...

i linked to your tutorial a few days ago!