Make Sparkly Bridesmaids' Necklacescomments (2) May 11th, 2009
While I like my share of girly sparkle, I like to see a simple necklace on a bridesmaid. One, the dress is usually plenty attention-getting on its own; two, bridesmaids shouldn't outshine the bride; and three, it's nice for a bride to give a necklace that her friends might remotely want to wear again (unlike the canary yellow strapless bridesmaid's dress that didn't hold anyone's tatas in place).
So when I picked up some of the SoftFlex Trios, I found the perfect solution to making quick, inexpensive, and playful bridesmaids' gifts. With a crystal or bead and SoftFlex to match your dress, you can make all of these in an afternoon and cross them off your "to do" list.
- 18 inches 0.019 SoftFlex in the color of your choice
- End cap clasp (there will be two components, one for each end)
- Chain-nose pliers
- Bead or crystal of your choice
Step 1: Slip one end of your beading wire into a end cap clasp component and gently but firmly squeeze the middle section until the wire is secure.
Step 2: Slip your bead or beads onto the wire and position in the center. Hold it up to your neck to determine the length. Clip off any excess SoftFlex, and slip the end of the wire into the other clasp component. Firmly squeeze the middle section.
Note: If you don't have access to end cap clasps (you can find them at Fusion Beads) or you want a fancier clasp, you can slip a crimp on the end of your SoftFlex, loop your wire around a split ring and back through the crimp, and then crimp it. Clip off the excess wire and join a clasp to the split ring.
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