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DIY: my jewelry making debut

Plato is credited with saying, “necessity is the mother of invention.” And, ain’t it the truth!

Case in point, in the weeks leading up to my sister’s wedding, I was on a desperate search for a necklace to wear with my dress. I found one on Etsy that I immediately fell in love with. It was gorgeous and seemed like it was made for my dress. I absolutely loved everything about it…except for the price. I just couldn’t justify it. So…I figured I’d try to make one. Not that I have any experience whatsoever in making jewelry, but it’s not like I had anything to lose, so I gave it a shot.

A few years ago, my sister gave me her jewelry-making toolkit. For a few years, she made the cutest earrings and bracelets and had an impressive tackle box that housed all of her beads and wire and tools. I was happy to inherit it but I had never even cracked it open.  I think it’s pretty awesome that her wedding gave me the chance to dust off all her old supplies and see if the jewelry-making talent ran in the family.

I took a trip to AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. It’s the largest wholesale marketplace in the country with (literally) thousands of showrooms that sell clothing, accessories, shoes, housewares, and fine jewelry at wholesale prices. It’s a heavenly place!

I invested in about $40 worth of beads and spent a Saturday morning armed with needle nose pliers and heavyweight fishing line. I certainly won’t say it was easy, but once I got into the swing of it, it was actually kind of  fun.

Here are some photos of the process and a shot of the finished product taken at my sister’s wedding.  

necklace-making nirvana

not your dad's tacklebox...

I'll be honest, I had no idea where to start...

so I started in the center and worked my way out

making some progress...

I actually liked the way it was turning out!

The finished product! (Not as lovely as my friend, Laura...but I was pretty happy with it!)

I really like the necklace and I even got a few compliments on it…but the hours that it took to make it gave me an appreciation for why the price tag was so high on the one that I found on Etsy!

6 Responses to “DIY: my jewelry making debut”

  1. Jenny Sun Says:

    Emily – I thought your necklace was stunning. I had no idea you made it! I’m impressed!

  2. Anna P. Silvestri Says:

    I loved that my wedding provided an occasion for you to dig through that box of old borrowed treasures….and with adding some new found treasures (I feel a theme coming on here…) you were able to create a beautiful neckpeice!
    It was beautiful with your dress, actually made the dress I think! I can’t wait to see it paired with more dresses this summer…oh, and a blazer and boots next fall!
    Go, crafty sister chic, go!
    Love you!

  3. Aunt Becky Says:

    Beautiful! :-) The pink in there makes the color ‘pop’. XO

  4. Kathianne Says:

    Love it and love you!

  5. Laura Says:

    It really tied your outfit together and you looked gorgeous!

  6. Mom Says:

    And you are so talented!

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