supplies-and-necklace-300x215.jpg I am by no means a crafty person but I do have a bit of a background dabbling in jewelry making. I've had this great layered, faux pearl necklace for quite a while. I fell in love with it at the BCBG store. But then it eventually snagged on something and a few strands popped off. It went into the "to be fixed" basket which should be named "on a cold day in hell" basket. I f you live in the Kansas City area like I do, that day seems to be here (6 inches of snow and still falling) so I dived in to get creative and show you necklace layering on a budget.

My supplies are:
~the strand of small faux pearls that came off the original necklace

~an inexpensive chain picked up at hobby store


~two tools that every fashionista should have on hand for minor fixes like this, sort of like flat nosed and round nosed pliers.

~a few jump rings (about $0.50) and a lobster clasp (around $2 for silver).

The strand of faux pearls was still intact so I attached one end to a jump ring, attached the inexpensive silver colored chain to the same jump ring, and repeated on the other side to another jump ring. Add the lobster clasp and you have a two strand necklace.

But it's boring, so we layer:

I add this two strand concoction to another necklace/pendant piece that I made very inexpensively. The pendant is a large faceted glass bead with some dangling pieces at the bottom. It hangs from what is called a bail. The bail slides onto the nylon cord. Voila. Another necklace.
Add the two necklace sets together and you have:

necklace with pendant addednecklace close up

Still a bit of a snooze fest so lets get crazy and purposely break off another piece of that original necklace (you can call this "Deconstructing" if you need a cooler name for it). I removed a strand of the larger round faux pearls and added it to our lovely model:

necklace pendant and extra strand

Eh....a bit dainty and not me. Let's try it with a little more edge. Another in the "to be fixed" basket was this strand of sodalite beads and hematite chips I put together ages ago. Add this instead of the larger round bead strand and you have:

with black strand

Since it's below freezing and I just can't resist, let's give her a sassy black leather jacket and send this girl out into the world!

with leather jacket

With this start and a little more time and shopping, imagine what we could come up with! What are you excited to make?

~ Jennifer Haute Weekly