Oct 22, 2011

DIY- Anthropologie "Perched Harmonies" Necklace

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Anthropologie's Perfect Harmonies Necklace
What a pretty necklace. Not a pretty price! Make your own $68-looking Anthropologie designer necklace at home for barely no money at all. All that are needed are some beads, wire, and wire-working skills (don't worry, nothing too complicated here!). It's surprisingly quick to make, took me less than an hour. 
My DIY Anthro Necklace
Get out your pliers; let's make some jewelry!

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are pliers, thick gold wire (I just used craft wire I found at a hardware store, it's 3mm in diameter), thinner gold wire, a gold necklace chain, clasps for your necklace, two jump rings, 4mm round glass beads-assorted colors. You will also need a hard surface and hammer for making the pendant.
I used just plain glass rounds, as the Anthropologie necklace uses faceted gemstone beads. That's why it gets so expensive! You can use 3mm or 4mm beads for this, both will work fine. 
Step 2: Make the wire pendant. Cut a little less than 3 inches of your thick wire. Go outside to your garage-or, a nice hard and somewhat surface. A sidewalk would even work! It's ok if your surface is not perfectly smooth (if you have one of those steel hammering blocks you could use that, but I'm not that fancy!), as a slightly textured surface like concrete will add subtle texture to your pendant, which is pretty!
 Time to hammer. Carefully hold one end of the wire while hammering down, flattening the wire slightly as you go. You don't want it super flat, just slightly. Use even pressure throughout the wire.
When it looks slightly flatter, hammer the ends extra hard to sort of "push" the wire outwards, flattening it a lot. Your wire should look like this when done. See how the ends are hammered more?

Step 3: Make the holes. I positioned a small ice pick with a nice point right the my end of my wire. I tried this with a fine nail at first; it just bent as the wire was stronger than it! So, if you don't have an ice pick you could probably use a tougher nail or a screwdriver. We just need something with a somewhat fine point. Again, I hammered this through both sides of my wire to make holes. Your pendant should look like this when done.


Step 4: Add your beads to the pendant. Use about 10 inches of your thinner gold wire; wrap the end around one end of your hammered wire a couple of times to secure. Then, string the beads on the other end. THE ORDER OF THE BEADS IS CRUCIAL TO GETTING THE LOOK; the Anthro necklace goes: clear yellow, yellow, opaque mint, blue, purple, pink, clear, red, orange, jade, pink, red, blue.
If you don't care about it looking the exact same or don't have the exact colors of the beads (some of my colors were slightly different hues), then just go with what you want. No worries.
Start wrapping the beads onto the pendant. Position a bead right against the front of the wire, pull with your right hand tightly while holding the bead with your left, and take the thin wire under the hammered pendant and up behind the back, then back down across the front. Continue about 3 more times to secure the bead to the pendant before adding another bead. Continue with the other beads to weave on all 12. 
Here are some close-ups so you can see the weaving technique. When you have the beads strung and excess wire, wrap almost up to the hole, trim, and fold the trimmed end across the back to hide. 
Step 5: Add your jump rings to the holes in the pendant. Attach even lengths of your wire to either end, and your clasps to the loose ends of the wire to make a necklace. The Anthro necklace is 17" long, but you can alter the length if you want.

You are finished! If you want to experiment, try different colors of wire like silver, bronze, copper, etc. Just make sure all your findings match your metal color. Also, you could use different colors and styles of beads (crystals, plastic, metal beads, wood, whatever!) to match your personality. 
The Anthro necklace, worn
A close-up




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34 comments:

  1. Wow, that's amazing! I'm going to make one in silver. (i actually like your better than the original, the beads are nicer)

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  2. So beautiful pendant! I Love it!

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  3. Beautiful! Looks just like the original! Saw this on Pinterest =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  4. Hi! I didn't see any contact button so I'll post it in here. I'd be more than interested in buying one gorgeous necklace like that, maybe you would sell it to me through etsy!? You can contact me there! http://www.etsy.com/people/sandvitx

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  5. Great tutorial. Just made one of my own and it looks awesome! Thanks!

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  6. I just found this on pinterest... so brilliant! Thank you for the tutorial, I think I might actually invest in some decent wire soon as this project really strikes a chord. I'd probably go for silver or copper instead as gold doesn't look right on me, but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing. Up yours, Anthro ;)

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  7. where did you get the beads from? i cant find them anywhere. :(

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  8. This is fantastic! Thank you. I can't wait to get back to my jewelry-making ways.

    feathersandbirds.blogspot.com

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  9. This is so great...I already have the metal piece with me...will wrap it up in minutes...thanks :)

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  10. Amazing!
    Love it!

    xo,
    Ivette
    http://silkenstein.blogspot.com/

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  11. Amazing. :) Now I need to look for glass beads and wire and I'm off to DIY land!

    theclothesmuse.blogspot.com

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  12. So... I just saw this tutorial last night and today I went and got all the supplies and made my own! I LOVE it! Thank you so much!

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  13. I would love one, is anyone willing to make these & sell???
    terilaw4@yahoo.com

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  14. wow! I personally like this. very pretty,cool and just beautiful. Is it okay if i'll share this to our blog? thanks
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    Handmade-Jewelry-Club.com

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  15. This is absolutely gorgeous! I've GOT to make these for Xmas gifts! Thank you so so much for posting this tutorial!

    Lesley
    http://www.bytheporchlight.com

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  16. Please help! Love this necklace but can't find the 3mm craft wire. Also everything is labeled in gauge- not mm's. I already had the other supplies needed. I have been to 3 craft stores and 2 hardware stores. Would appreciate info ASAP.Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for the info. Three more stores today and no one in my area sells 10 or 11 gauge wire.What are the store names that you are finding this in? Thanks again.

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  18. I got mine at a hardware store, Menards. Did you try Michaels or Joann Fabrics?

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  19. Did not try Michaels yet. will try there and a couple more of the hardware stores.

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  20. I have now checked in more than 10 stores for this wire and am obsessed with finding it. I have looked on the internet some but would have to order in large quantities and it seemed rather expensive. Any other suggestions? The closest Menards is 300 miles away. :) Thanks again for the help. Jane

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  21. your best bet would be Ebay. you can definitely find it there!

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  22. You can also find some good prices on several gauges and metals on Amazon. Another place I buy from is wire-sculpture.com. Some terrific tuts there as well. Good luck!

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  23. This is awesome! I'm happy to find this tutorial & I'm linking to it on my blog. SO beautiful...thank you!

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  24. this is really pretty. I would like to make one in silver with turquoise beads.

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  25. We really love this blog!!!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!

    A&A. Bitxipitxik
    http://bitxipitxik.blogspot.com.es/

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  26. What kind/brand of beads would you recommend for this project?

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  27. I believe I used gemstone rounds found at a local bead store, I bought them individually. You can get gemstone beads in strands from Michael's or JoAnn fabrics, they may even have an assorted strand which would work well here.

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