Hi 30 Days readers! I’m Allie from Miss Lovie. And I’m so excited to be back today sharing my Anthropologie Mixed Alloy Necklace Knockoff! I was having a hard time trying to think of something to make for this week so I clicked through my Jewelry Ideas Board on my Pinterest. Finally I decided to do this Anthropologie Mixed Alloy Necklace Knockoff. I just loved the different textures. And I also loved how easy it was to make!!
Above you can see the Anthro original and mine. I knew I wouldn’t be able to find the exact beads, but I tried to use ones that were pretty similar. Most of the beads I used were just from my stash I already had (most can be found at any Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn’s), but I knew I wouldn’t be able to find that huge gold sequined bead so I made my own.
To make a sequined bead, simply get a large wooden bead and use hot glue to adhere sequin trim in a spiral fashion around it.
If you want to make one too, the other supplies you’ll need are shown above (from top, clockwise): Bead stringing wire, crimp beads, lobster clasp and jump rings.
You’ll also need the above jewelry tools (flat nose pliers, bent nose pliers, wire cutters, and a crimp tool).
Before you string your beads, you can lay them out as seen above. I changed my mind about how I wanted my necklace to look several times and I actually used 6 large mauve-y beads instead of 4 and 8 gold beads instead of the 5 shown. Just so you know-the largest beads (the mauve-y ones) are around 20mm and all the pearls are around 15 mm. These beads are BIG. :)
Before stringing the beads, you can go ahead and crimp the end as shown. String one end of the wire through the crimp and jump ring, wrap the wire around the jump ring and back through the crimp bead and then use the crimp tool to secure the crimp bead.
Here’s a closer look of what it would look like to crimp the beads:
Pull the wire tight so the jump ring and crimp beads are flush against the bead at the top of your bead strand, but leave enough room for the beads to comfortably move around. Now crimp the crimp bead by placing the bead at the inside part of the crimping tool as shown in the middle picture above. Press down firmly and the tool will create a dip in the bead that will be the crease that allows the bead to fold in half in the next step. You can see what my crimp bead looked like after this step in the last photo above.
Move your crushed crimp bead to the outside part of the crimp tool and use it to fold the bead onto itself. Then snip of the extra wire.
Here are some super detailed instructions for using a crimp tool. I used these when I was first learning. I don’t follow these exactly, but I probably should :)
String your beads onto the wire and then crimp the other end of the necklace the same way you did above, but add the lobster clasp to the jump ring this time as shown below.
And then you’re done!!
This is a great easy necklace project that can become a fabulous bold accessory for any outfit!