Broken necklace + quick fix = New piece!

<p><img alt=”supplies and necklace” height=”215″ src=”×215.jpg” width=”300″ />I am by no means a crafty person but I do have a bit of a background dabbling in jewelry making.  I’ve had this great layered necklace for quite a while.  Fell in love with it at the BCBG store.  But then it eventually snagged on something and a few strands popped off. It went into the “<em>to be fixed</em>” basket which should be named “<em>on a cold day in hell</em>” basket.  If you live in the Kansas City area like I do, that day seems to be coming tomorrow so I dived in to get creative and show you necklace layering on a budget.</p>
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<p>My supplies are:</p>
<p>~the strand of small faux pearls that came off the original necklace</p>
<p>~an inexpensive chain picked up at hobby store</p>
<p><img alt=”supply pieces” height=”117″ src=”” width=”216″ /></p>
<p>~two tools that every fashionista should have on hand for minor fixes like this, sort of like flat nosed and round nosed pliers.</p>
<p>~a few jump rings (about $0.50) and a lobster clasp (around $2 for silver).</p>
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<p>The strand of faux pearls was still intact so I attached one end to a jump ring, attached the cheap silver chain to the jump ring, and repeated on the other side.  Add the lobster clasp and you have a two strand necklace.</p>
<p>But it’s boring.  So we layer.</p>
<p>I added it to another piece that I made very inexpensively.  The pendant is a large faceted glass bead with some dangling pieces at the bottom, attached to what is called a bail.  The bail slides onto the nylon cord. Voila. Another necklace.</p>
<p>Add the two necklace sets together and you have:</p>
<p><img alt=”necklace with pendant added” height=”267″ src=”” width=”200″ /><img alt=”necklace close up” height=”267″ src=”” width=”200″ /></p>
<p>Still a bit of a snooze fest so lets get crazy and purposely break off another piece of that original necklace (you can call this “Deconstructing” if you need a cooler name for it).  I removed a strand of the larger round faux pearls and added it to our lovely model:</p>
<p><img alt=”necklace pendant and extra strand” height=”267″ src=”” width=”200″ /></p>
<p>Eh….a bit dainty and not me.  Let’s try it with <strong>a little more edge</strong>.  Another in the “to be fixed” basket was this strand of sodalite beads and hematite chips I put together ages ago.  Add this instead of the larger round bead strand and you have:</p>
<p><img alt=”with black strand” height=”267″ src=”” width=”200″ /></p>
<p>Since it’s below freezing and I just can’t resist, let’s give her a sassy black leather jacket and send this girl out into the world!</p>
<p><img alt=”with leather jacket” height=”267″ src=”” width=”200″ /></p>
<p>With this start and a little more time and shopping, imagine what we could come up with!  What are you excited to make?</p>
<p>~ Jennifer</p>
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