Erin's necklace is not only stunning, but is an amazingly versatile piece that can be worn several different ways. I was immediately "wow"ed and started plotting my own version. As it turned out, I didn't have to plot very long.
Erin, that wonderful challenge master, partnered with Michaels for a quick fire challenge. Erin bought several strands of beads from Michaels and created three different color palettes. She sent those sets of beads to a lucky few of us asking that we create our own version of her Toast of the Town necklace.
Erin sent each of us a random set of beads and I was excited to see I had received the brown and copper set -- I am totally an earthtones girl!
As luck would have it, I had a strand of bronze metal beads that worked perfectly with the beads Erin selected. I started stringing .. and stringing .. and stringing. Okay, it didn't take that long, but this necklace does take a ton of beads.
Two long (40 inch) strands of beads comprise Erin's necklace. I was able to complete one strand using the beads Erin sent and even had a few left over.
I really wanted to incorporate bead weaving into this challenge. Erin wanted to show how versatile her necklace pattern can be and I wanted to help her do that.
I looked through my stash and found a strand of 3mm bronze pearls. A quick trip to the bead store yielded a strand of yellow/brown 3mm Chinese crystals. What's a girl to do with those? Make a spiral rope, of course.
I used the few beads I had left to break up sections of the spiral rope.
The spiral ropes compliment Erin's beads.
Erin was also kind enough to send a clasp. It was a bit shiny for these beads, but a bit of gilder's paste helped toned it down.
I made my necklace a bit shorter than Erin's. Even so, I was able to wear it twisted.
I think I prefer it hanging freely. I love how you can adjust the strands to different lengths.
This necklace was so easy to make -- and fun also! If you would like to make your own, you can find the instructions here on the Michaels website.
Erin, thank you for such a great design and a wonderful challenge. I had a blast with these beads!
If you would like to see more awesome variations on the Toast of the Town necklace, please visit Erin's blog or take a look below:
Tanya - A Work In Progress - you are here
Lee - Strega Jewellery
Pam - Re-Maker
Beth - EB Bead & Metal Works
Emma - A Polymer Penchant
Michelada - Micheladas Musings
Penny - Copper Penny Designs
Kay - Kayz Kreationz (Note: Kay had to go out of town. Do check back for her reveal!)
Mallory - For the Love of Beads