I have recently been in the market for a wooden bead necklace in the style of 1940's Miriam Haskells. Then I found little cylinder shaped wooden beads on sale at Joanns! Thus a DIY version was born, and for much less $$$ than a real vintage collectible piece would have cost me! Of course I documented how I put it together for you all, though it is practically cheating posting this-- as it is virtually the exact same technique as my other Miriam Haskell's style tutorial! You don't mind do you? ;)
Here are the vintage necklaces I was inspired by...
I found all of the materials for this project at Joanns and the beads were even on sale which was a nice bonus. You will need:
-Wooden cylinder shaped beads (or any other wooden beads that you'd like)
-Colorful milk glass/opaque seed beads, I choose a medium size
-Round nose pliers
-Another set of pliers
-A jewelry wire cutter
First cut yourself a length of chain for the necklace, mine here is about 17" long. Thread your beads onto the headpins with one seed bead on either side of the wooden bead.
Next create a loop at the top with the round nose pliers, keeping the beads under tension so you end up up with a little hoop at the top.
I made 9 little charms with larger wooden cylinder beads and then started on the smaller beads. Making this many little charms/dangle-bobs will hurt your hand with all of the plier work, I recommend breaking a project like this up into a few days so you don't end up with a raw sore hand like I've got now!
I made 12 charms of each red, blue, white, and yellow colored accents. I also made 4 of each green, mid-toned blue, and aqua.
I attatched the first larger charm in the dead center of my chain. I then added the rest on either side alternating the colors as I saw fit. I placed each one 3 chain links apart.
I already think this looks cute on its own but I persevered onward. I added two smaller charms of different colors together on one jump-ring and placed these centered between the larger charms.
This took a while, and I basically just placed the colors as randomly as I could to get them as spaced out as I could. After I put one set of smaller charms between each larger bead, I placed three sets at either end. Then I took the left over smaller charms and filled in some of the spaces between the larger charms and the smaller ones. Does that make sense? I hope so. After that I added the clasp on the back of the chain with more jump-rings. Then it looked like this:
As you can see I whipped up some matching earrings too! Gotta have a set :)) You could also make a bracelet with the same techniques. I'd like to try making a brooch next, but not until my hand stops being sore!
I hope you guys liked this little peek into my night of jewelry making, happy crafting!