Oh, was this a challenge! I am so happy and surprised at myself for actually going through and finishing this. Michele sent me a photo of an idea of what kind of necklace she would like me to design for her Grand Opening of her accessory line and when I first saw it- I thought no way! As you can see on the above photo is me starting out and using the photo as a guide. I have never done any sewing when it came to jewelry and had no idea where or how to start it, but the more I looked at the photo- the more I told myself that if I try and make this, and actually make it somewhat close to the design- then that would definitely be my biggest accomplish as a jewelry designer and a chance to battle my first challenging necklace!
This definitely is not a step-by-step of how I did everything, but just giving you a general idea. Again, I have never attempted making a jewelry piece this detailed so I'm sure there may have been easier ways of doing things. I thought that it may be easier to start off with the chains. Towards the end I kind of thought it was the wrong decision because it was hard and heavy to handle as I started to sew in the pearls, but I worked it out. As far as the material, I used a satin-like piece and ironed it on material to make it sturdier so it would hang easier around the neck and be easier for me to sew with.
After I placed the silver chains where I wanted them , I started sewing a range of pearls from 6mm-9mm all around evenly throughout the necklace. Don't mind the frilling going on the side or evenness of the fabric because it can all get fixed at the end. I was getting kind of iffy here, but I told myself to go through it! Don't mind the soft lighting in the photo- the chain is all silver. I have to add that ALL of the beading and chains used are all products of Cousin Corporation.
- 8mm round dk grey pearl #3244405
- 6mm round dk grey pearl #3244305
- grad pearl matte smoke black #34700067
- medium flat chain silver #34701087
I even added silver sequince to the larger pearls just like in the photo. I decided to mix dark grey and smoke black pearls instead of using all one color.
Winter Looks with Michele's Necklace:
Credits (above photo): 'The Cecelia Dress' by Kirsty Doyle. Pour la Victoire Irina shoes $222. Large patent YSL clutch $425. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color. Colour Black Satin No.219 #30. M.A.C. 'Burmese Beauty' Lipstick $14. Urban Decay 'Stardust Eyeshadow' $20.
So I end this great jewelry story with some outfits and accessories I picked out and put together with the original necklace I went by. It's definitely an item you that can be worn with the classy evening dress or dress pants and cardigan! Michele is very well known for her bold handmade couture pieces and loves to make a statement. I'm happy I got to make something not just specific to her style, but also giving me the chance to go beyond my limits! I think this is perfect for her opening and I wish her the best of luck! I'll be praying for it to arrive safely to Germany!!