Restyled Cascading Multi-Strand Necklace

November 22, 2009

The necklace muse strikes again -- charm bracelets are on hold for the time being, it seems.  I just can't help myself from designing necklaces right now.  This one is my first multi-strand necklace and I learned a lot while putting it all together.

It's a five-strand gold-plated necklace, the bones of which came to me in the form of a broken vintage costume jewelry multi-strand necklace.  Problem was, the five strands were held together by two multi-ringed findings which were meant to hold three strands of chain each (my chains were jump-ringed together in one set of two chains, another set of two chains and one chain alone, equaling three "chains" altogether).  It worked, but it looked awkward when worn. 

Soooo, I took off the original findings and replaced them with simple gold jump rings.  I then attached the three sets of chains onto the jump rings and added a solitary round gem connector to attach all the chains to the single chain and clasp I added to round out the necklace.  And of course I added the pearls and beads to make it interesting.

I feel lucky to have inherited the vintage necklace in the first place.  Little did the original buyer know so many years ago that this style of necklace would become hugely popular in 2009! I can't wait to wear it.  Oh, and it looks great when worn with Soho Nights, my last beaded necklace creation.  They look like they totally belong together.  Now I guess they do.

Do you have any tips or anything to add to my story regarding the creation of multi-strand necklaces?  I could use all the help I can get, here.  Comment and let me know your thoughts about this particular style of necklace as well as the one I created. 

I think my next project will be a multi-strand charm bracelet.  Can't wait to get started.

Well, it's getting late and I need to rest up for the upcoming week with the kids -- apparently Thanksgiving is a five-day affair according to our local school district.  They're also predicting snow for Thanksgiving -- nothing like living in Chicago!  Ciao for now. 

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." 
-Benjamin Franklin

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