Saturday, December 22, 2012

Shabby Chic, Fabric and Bead Knot, and Washer Combo Necklaces

For my son's three teachers, using the 3D option of the JAI Just Add Christmas challenge, I thought of trying my hand at the Washer Necklaces I'd been seeing around, and then I thought about trying the Fabric/Bead Knot ones instead. Then I decided I should combine them! I decided, instead of sewing the fabric into a tube, I'd overlap it and let the ends fray a bit for a shabby chic look. (Okay, you got me, it may have had something to do with the fact that my sewing machine is years overdue for a tune up! Which is also why the ribbon is handstitched to the fabric ends.). I used Crystal Effects for pretty much everything here... gluing the paper to the washers, covering the paper, adhering the embellishments, sticking the top washer to the bottom so they would stay aligned properly and attaching the bail to the back. (How many words are there for gluing, lol?)

As it turned out, only one necklace ended up being Christmasy, as I wanted them to match each teacher's style, so I'll just enter that one, but I'll post the pictures of the other two here as well... first the bold and festive one. I discovered that when you put rhinestones under a thick layer of Crystal Effects, they lose their cut, and look like really pretty smooth stones with just as much bling. The DSP is from the mini Paper Stack in the Fall/Winter catty, but there is an equally, dare I say MORE awesome, pack in the Spring/Summer too...
No, it's not uneven, that's just how it was laying kind of crooked.

And the others:

The soft and pretty one with the Crochet Trim and some more of my favorite suite ever from last year's Sale-a-Bration (although, I am quite smitten with the Sale-a-Bration DSP coming up next month ;)...

And the bright and funky one, for an equally fun teacher, using our new Pop Tops to embellish it...


  1. Such unique teachers' gifts; I'm sure they'll love them, Anjii. Thanks for yet another entry into our Just Add Ink challenge!

  2. What a great and unique idea. The teacher will love them. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. Chantell JAI