Creative Friday: Crown Jewels for Cheap

When I was scoping out Anthropologie over the holidays, I caught site of some amazing baubles. Some I wanted for my own. If only I had a unlimited budget, I’d grab them all.

But sadly, I could only ogle them. And go home with a few ideas to make them mine, but cheaper.

Here’s my inspiration: 

sudsy glass strand

Gorg right? It’s called Sudsy Glass Strand and sadly they no longer have it at Anthropologie. And they don’t have the price either. But I do remember it was expensive. Too expensive for me anyway. But I also saw this as an exciting challenge. And decided to make it my own.

How I DID IT:

Basically, I took my skills from a one day class in jewelry making that I learned over a decade ago. Then, I grabbed these clear jewels from Michael’s. (I couldn’t find ones exactly like those at Anthropologie. But these were a lot cheaper.) And then I threaded them through fishing line. (My dad’s fishing line and his rusty pliers come in handy for jewelry making.) I used my crimp tube, spring ring, and close ring to finish. It took about 10 minutes or less to do it. And I ended up with this:

While it’s heavier than most of my necklaces, it gives what my husband calls a “fancy” look to it. And that makes me pretty happy.

Got anything that makes you feel fancy, but secretly is pretty cheap? Share please.

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3 comments

  1. Crystal Schubert says:

    That is super-cute!! I love it. I have one set of “pearls” that look very real but only cost $1 and I always feel fancier with those pearls than my real ones, because the real ones are about half the size… Oh, and I found this really cute cameo pendant at a thrift store once and made a necklace out of it–the necklace looks like it cost a lot but it was a total of maybe $10 for all the materials. Yay for jewelry-making!

    • Brandi says:

      Really?!! Do you have a photo of it? I’d love to see it. I think that’s so cool that you’re a jewelry maker too. I’m only a wannabe jewelry maker though. But the process is fun and you gotta love anything you can make and use too. Thanks for the comment Crystal!

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