DIY: Fringed Beaded Necklace

Aug 26, 2013 | 18 Comments

Today’s necklace DIY is one of my favorites!!

I started with this metal plate that was taken from another necklace that was falling apart.  (You can see the scattered jump rings leftover on a few of the holes from things that used to be hanging off of them!)  Using this as the centerpiece of the necklace, I began thinking about what to dangle from the bottom!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Necklace plate

I found a stash of vintage beads in shades of yellow…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Bead palette

…and started to form ten sets of opaque and clear yellow with brown beaded patterns on eye pins.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

10 sets completed!

With the beads on the eye pins, I rounded the edges of each pin into a loop with jewelry pliers.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Looped the edges!

My finished group!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Ready to hang!

I connected two sets of my bead groups and set them down to see where they’d hang best.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Bead placement!

I counted the holes on the necklace plate to make the bead placement even, and connected my beads to the plate with jump rings.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Affixed & hanging!

It doesn’t stop there!!  To give the piece a little extra something, I took some white fringe and thread…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Part II: trim time!

…trimmed off the gold edging of the trim that wasn’t going to be seen…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Fringe trim!

…and began stitching the trim to the necklace on the back side.  The holes on the plate worked perfectly to hand stitch the trim to the necklace.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Hand stitchin!

After a few minutes, the trim was secure!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Fringe and beads, attached!

I’m using suede trim to keep this necklace around my neck, so I worked on two final sets of larger beads to be the spacers between the suede and the necklace plate.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

One last pair…

How ’bout that for a brand new necklace??

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

New necklace!

I wore it out with pals and paired it with a simple white tank – you really can wear basics with this necklace, since it’s a total stand out piece!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

Necklace in action!

I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere, so now I have my own, DIY’ed version!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beaded Fringed Necklace - Vintage

After Look!

The perfect statement necklace, right??

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