The same day, I made a stop at a JoAnn superstore, but was totally disappointed by the selection. Since this was only the second or so attempt I've ever done at making a necklace, I didn't want to spend the big bucks on the fancy beads, but I still needed quite a few! And honestly, a big part of the charm of Andrea's creation was the amazing beads in that great color.
But I was determined, so I settled on some plastic beads and got a little bracelet/necklace kit and some crimp beads (I had never used crimp beads before--OMG, they are amazing!). I immediately had to put together this fun necklace, using Andrea's tutorial, my sort of cheap beads, and some fishing line.
I used almost all the beads for the strands, and put the two extra little ones on the end of the clasp piece thing... see how I don't know the terminology? ;)
Well, I had so much fun doing this and am so much less intimidated than I was before, that I have now decided I like making jewelry and want to do it more! So, I know I want to use better beads, and did some really exciting Etsy bead-shopping and ordered these goodies.
Aaaaah! Can't wait to make stuff! Some of my inspiration is coming from these Anthro necklaces, although of course I still don't actually know how to make anything I want, the way I do with sewing! Still learning...
I'm sure lots of you make your own jewelry, right!? Do you have any tips for me, or know of any great beginner resources or tutorials? Please share!