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Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Favorite Things Charm Necklace

My great great grandma and her family had come to the U.S. all the way from Czechoslovakia when she was a young girl. Knowing this, I have always been really interested in all things Bohemian, especially jewelry. My first Bohemian inspired piece is what I'd like to share with you in this blog.

My mom and I were in a beading store and the first thing the caught my eye was a glass bead in the form of a globe. I then found a beautiful bronze bead cap for the globe, matching chain and a clasp. To add more color, I incorporated four small glass beads that shared the same colors as the globe bead. I also chose antiqued charms that represent things I like - they help express my personality in the necklace.

To make your own charm necklace, find a component to serve as the focal point, this can be a large toggle or bead. Gather your favorite beads and charms, and use wire wrapping to attach them to the ends of multiple pieces of chain to create a tassel that attaches to the focal point.

You may be surprised what you can scavenge from your bead box or parts from your old or broken jewelry. Another place I like to look is thrift stores or consignment shops where there's an array of unique pieces to choose from. The possibilities are endless, just follow your creativity wherever it takes you!

Brianna is our guest blogger for this Spring/ Summer season - welcome Brianna! Click here to send Brianna message or leave a comment.

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