beetle necklace how-to

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From Charleston’s own Croghan’s Jewel Box goldbug earrings  (photo below) to J.Crew’s most recent window displays, the fashion industry is bugging out – pardon my pun. 

Springs hottest new trend: bugs. 

I am all over this trend. I’ve always liked the creepy crawlers; in an artistic sense, that is. Even my gallery wall has watercolor painting of 8-legged creatures. There’s something a little cool about bugs in the artistic world.

Croghan's Jewel Box Goldbug Earrings, $110
Croghan’s Jewel Box Goldbug Earrings, $110

Today I’ll be teaching my fantastic followers how to make this killer necklace. It’s the perfect pairing of edge and feminine, summer vibes: the bright-white, nautical-inspired base, the happy-go-lucky neon color pop, and of course, the statement beetle that I found at Hobby Lobby. All and all, this necklace cost about $30 – a steal compared to the Croghan’s find above!
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Here’s what you’ll need

  • Rope (roughly 1 yard)
  • Textured leather or fabric (metallic will catch the eye)
  • Nuts or other metal detailing
  • Thread or twine (I chose neon for spring)
  • A medallion or statement bead (my beetle)
  • Hot glue or super glue
  • Wire

Step1

Step #1

Cut your yard of rope in half. Start with one half of the rope and string 5 nuts about 10 inches up the rope. I chose verdigris shaded nuts which means they have a slight aqua tone. One you’ve strung your 5 nuts, tie a knot just below them to hold in place and to add dimension to your necklace.

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Step #2

Using your hot glue gun or super glue, adhere your leather or fabric to the rope by rolling it around the rope and gluing in place. I used hot glue because I had it on hand, but super glue will be much thinner and easier to work with. Once stable, tie a knot in the rope at the bottom of the leather/fabric piece and string 3 more for a patterned look.

Step4

Step #3

Tie a knot below your last three washers. Then, string one more. This final washer should be about an inch below the knot. Using the final washer as a center point, create a ‘U’ with your rope. Using about 5-inches of wire, wrap the ‘U’ together to form a loop. This will be where side 1 of your necklace ends. Cut off all excess rope.

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Step #4

Attach your medallion or statement bead by wrapping its loop with the final washer using 3-inches of wire.

Step6

Step #5

Finally, add a pop of color! Hide the looping wire in Step #3 by wrapping it with neon thread. Careful, this step takes longer with thinner thread so try doubling-up your strings when wrapping. Secure the neon thread by tying a knot in the final wrapping. For extra strength, I added a small drop of glue to the back side.

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Step #6

Repeat Steps #1-6 on side two of your necklace. I chose to attach the two ends casually by tying a knot.

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Share your buggin’ DIY necklace with me on social media (@blancblog) and hashtag #boldwithblanc 

xoxo

 

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