I love the phrase “statement jewelry.” Whenever I hear that phrase, I can’t help but think about what “statement” the jewelry is making. “Hey you, look at me, I’m a necklace.” “What up homies, my name is Larry the lapel pin.” One time I walked out of the house wearing two completely different earrings. A hoop in one ear, a stud in the other. In that case, I suppose the statement was “Dear everyone, I’m exhausted and my attempt to make myself presentable has obviously failed. Please don’t judge me.”
Today’s project definitely makes a statement. It says, “I’m awesome and handmade.” And if it’s feeling particularly saucy, it might say something like “Don’t you wish your necklace was hot like me.” This necklace has a bit of an attitude. It won’t be ignored. You should probably go ahead and make one. Lest you get out-necklaced by a fellow statement jewelry wearer.
What you need:
- Wood stain in Golden Pecan
- Unfinished wooden Beads – I used the 1 1/4″ wood beads with 3/8″ opening
- Paint brush
- Gold jewelry jump rings – available at most craft stores
- A length of fabric sewn into a 1.25″ tube ( you can also use fabric glue to create this shape) – length of fabric will depend on how long you want your necklace to be
What you do:
- Place beads into the fabric tube one at a time, alternating between a bead on the inside and a jump ring around the outside.
- Apply the wood stain to the remaining beads and allow to dry. Follow the package instructions and allow proper ventilation
- Slide stained beads on the fabric, separating each bead with a knot
- To wear the necklace, just tie a bow or knot at the ends
It’s that easy! I’ve worn this necklace a few times and always get compliments on it. Nothing better than being able to say “I made it!”