Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Brook&Lyn-Inspired: Surrounded Necklace

I would like to say this is Anthro-Inspired... since more of you are familiar with Anthropologie and can relate to the concept. But the truth is, I got the inspiration for this first from Donatella of Inspiration & Realization. Have you been to her blog? You really should visit... I'm in love with everything she made!

I saw her tutorial for this necklace. 

Agate slice crochet jewelry. Click link for Donatella's tutorial.
These are inspired from Brook&Lyn's pieces from the 'Surrounded' collection. Then last week, while surfing for some inspiration, I saw that Brook&Lyn pieces are now being carried by Anthropologie.

Brook&Lyn necklaces on Anthropologie.
I love the necklaces! However, I don't have agate slices, nor do I know where to get them here. And I don't know how to crochet... I tried to learn when I was younger and my sister is really good at it... I am not. I might try again in the future, but for now, I will improvise.

I have these pendants in my stash and was initially planning to use them:
Bits and pieces of shell set in resin.
I got them for around $1 each, I think, from Quiapo, Manila back in 2007. I couldn't decide which one to use because I only had enough rope for one necklace. While rummaging in my supplies drawer, I found this:
It's a white child-sized glass bangle I also got back in 2007. Since it's small, I've been using it as a pendant for another necklace I made a long time ago. I thought the technique will work well with this too and decided to use this instead and got to work.

I used a glue gun to attach my rope around the bangle. And then, since I can't crochet, I decided to line the area between the bangle and the rope with some rope chain.

Attach the locks and ta-dah, done!

I love the simplicity of this. I think I want to make more using my other pendants. I'm buying more rope this week and get to work on the others. I think this technique can be used with any flat pendant you may have.

By the way, don't forget to check back again tomorrow for my first Creating Success Around the World interview! I will be having one very talented lady as a guest.

See you tomorrow! :)

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Sylvie Créative said...

What a nice effect! Thanks for the tutorial!

Divya N said...

Hey nice interpretation...I had seen Donatella's tute and didnt know what to do with it, for the lack of agate slices..your idea is more do- able thanks

meijo's JOY said...

Oh! This is a nice one..and easy to make and can easily match with any outfit! Good copy!

Life, Crafts and Whatever said...

nice! I heart Donatella, and your take on her stuff is super cool!


Ashley said...

this is great!! i love it:)

Diane Writes said...

I agree, the necklace is simple but it's also so beautiful!

donatella said...

Looks cool, and definitely faster to make!!
i bought my agate slices on ebay, i bought 7 for 15$ ;)