Monday, February 21, 2011

Turquoise n Coral...Summer Dreaming

{I used my tax refund and got myself a new camera, although not a DSLR, I still got an amazing Nikon with 26x zoom, I'm pretty much loving the picture quality, although I'm not a great photographer} With the amazing spring weather we've been having here in Denver, I *needed* to make something summery.  I was at Joann's the other day and saw these *amazing* coral charms and knew that I had to make something with them.  I also picked up a package of turquoise beads...
Here's pretty much everything needed.  What I'm not showing is the painstaking hours I spent restringing all these beads onto nylon thread, crimping the ends and adding jump rings.  Once that was done, I used another jump ring to connect all the ends of the strands together.  I also ended up adding 5 large links of chain to each end, followed by a jump ring, and finally the clasp ends. 

That became the turquoise part of the necklace, then to add the charms, I simply attached a jump ring to each charm, and attached that jump ring through two strands of the necklace, pretty randomly.
 And the finished product...
I decided to use a strand of beads to make matching earrings with, as well as two of the coral charms.  I used some head pins to string the beads, then used pliers to make a hook at the end.  I then used jump rings to attach three strands of beads and one coral charm to an earring hook.
What you can't see in the picture was my amazing view...
My son JT, was trying to sneak into the picture, but he didn't realize I was zoomed in so I wasn't capturing him.  I decided to include him in some of the pics, so cute!
Notice the SICK record bowl?  I recently snatched it up on one of my thrifting sprees for $1.  I'm in love with it.
Poor little man has been wicked sick lately, and his nose is raw from blowing it so much :(  I hope he gets better soon.

I hope you all love this necklace DIY!


  1. I have a record bowl, too! Super fun. Loving the turquoise and coral, those are probably two of my favorite colors...and JT is such a cutie!

  2. i'm sobsessed with coral too... check this out, it's so funny, looks so 'matchy-matchy' :D

  3. Wow Donatella! That is too funny! We are kindred spirits! I love your blog and am following!

  4. bright minds thinks alike :) i'm following you too !


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