Tuesday, 3 March 2015

What's new, pussycat? Kitty necklace from a beaded bracelet

Hello! I think I have finally gotten back to mostly good health, just in time for my first week of roller derby skills training tomorrow! I am so excited, and also quite nervous. I don't know about you, but for me crafting is a fantastic form of stress release and so, despite my illness, I have managed to start a few projects this last week. Of course, starting a project doesn't necessarily mean finishing it (my WIP crate can attest to this!), but there are exceptions ~___^

I brought the bracelet below while I was in Singapore, but soon realised that it was too big and too heavy for me to really want to wear around my tiny baby wrists. I didn't want those adorable kitty beads to languish in my jewellery box forever though, so I cut the elastic cord of the bracelet and reconstructed it into a necklace ^___^

I like it much better this way! I wanted to let the cat beads take center stage on the necklace, so I didn't complicate it overly.

I threaded one crystal bead onto a headpin, added one cat bead, and then trimmed the wire and twisted it into a loop which I then attached directly onto the necklace chain. You could use jump rings for this, but I felt having two jump rings between each headpin and the chain looked a little too busy. After attaching all the cat beads, I just added a lobster clasp with jump rings to attach the ends of the chain.

There are eight cat beads on the necklace, which is a deviation from my usual preference for odd numbers, but eight is a lucky number so I figured I would do well to keep all the cats together ~___^

One other thing that happened recently was that Frankie Magazine shared a photo of my knitted pineapple tea cosy that I made for the Giant Pineapple KAL! My pageviews went through the roof, so welcome if you've found this little corner of the interwebs via Frankie! If I'd known I was about to have so many visitors I may have tidied up a little bit ~___^

I'm picking up my sewing machine from the repair shop tomorrow and I can't wait to finally make some headway on my alterations pile! Shortened straps and taken-in waistbands aren't all that interesting to other people though, probably, so I'll simply have to make some new things as well. What a shame ~___^

- Lisa xx


Tanya said...

don't talk to me about WIPs :(

gorgeous necklace, fantastic idea as usual! such a cute little find, those beads are adorable!

Amy said...

This is such a great idea! Why waste those adorable beads in a bracelet you'll never wear? ♥
Amy xx

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Kate said...

That necklace is awesome! Love the cat heads and it's always nice to get more use out of things you love.

Lisa said...

Thanks Tanya, Amy, and Kate! ^___^
Changing something to make it more "you" is something I just love to do! ^____^
And WIPs are just part of a crafter's life I think Tanya ... but let's just ignore them for a while longer ~___^