May 3, 2010

ICMT Monday - It's baaaack!

Long Long ago in a early blogger far far away, I started this theme because I suffer from this disease called ICMT (I can make that) and if you really want to read more about it's humble beginnings, you can do that here. If not, let's keep moving!

Not sure anyone of the four people reading this blog knew, but I make jewelry. It's just one of my "hobbies" that cost a fortune and keeps me awake until 3 am that I found a passion for. It helps relieve the artistic side of me, that few others of my hobbies do.

I went on a Women's Retreat a couple weekends ago, and on the way 10 of us stopped for some girl time, which included shopping and lunch. As we were shopping, I saw these (pictured below) in an unnamed (cough Old Navy) store that tickled my fancy and made me say "I CAN MAKE THAT!"


Materials needed:
Hemp (it looks like twine, found in the beading section of your local craft store, usually in a basket on the bottom shelf)
1 Pendant - choose a large stone or pre-made fancy that makes you happy and matches your wardrobe
6 large-ish glass or wooded beads, preferably that matches your Pendant
Optional: A clasp in whatever type of metal you like.  Make sure you know how to fasten it to your hemp

Directions:
Step 1: Cut 3 lengths of hemp each about 4 feet long

Step 2: String your pendant to the center and tie an overhand knot with all 6 strands (looks like the bottom of the picture

Step 3: With 3 strands, tie another overhand knot about 1-2 inches above the pendant knot, repeat with remaining 3 strands

Step 4: On one side, string one bead on ONE strand, leaving the other 2 strands beside the bead, tie another overhand knot above the bead, repeat on the other side.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 with remaining beads (two on each side)
Finish necklace and TADA You CAN MAKE THAT!


Time: It took me about 15 minutes to make this necklace
Cost: Free for me, because I already had all of those materials, if you have to buy it all it could cost between $10 and $20 for the materials.  Or you can buy it at Old Navy for $12 :)
Just me, AJ

7 comments:

  1. That turned out real well. You are definitely more creative than me!

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  2. I think I might be able to handle that!!! Thank you!!!

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  3. good job mama! You look marvelous!

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  4. Pretty! I like yours better than the Old Navy version.

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  5. Nice! I am going to try to make this. Although, finding the materials over here might be a bit daunting.

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  6. CUTE! Glad to see this is back!

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