I put myself into a Secret Santa with a group of Facebook friends. The woman for whom I’m buying is a lover of Twilight and the character Jacob Black. I looked everywhere for her requested gift–a Jacob Black pocket calendar–to no avail. I started brainstorming and remembered my dear friend Georgia had some Twilight jewelry she was getting rid of on etsy. I purchased a First Beach stone pendant with hopes of buying more stones and beads from the craft store to make a wire necklace.
I’ve never made a wire necklace. I’ve never strung a set of beads. I’m not even sure I ever made a friendship bracelet as a child. Oh, heaven help me!
My pendant came in the mail and its varying green and white striations were more beautiful than the picture showed. It was also a fixed with a rhinestone bling, but I scratched it off when I saw that it was too much for the transformation I was about to make. Sorry Georgia.
Ox and I took off to the craft store yesterday afternoon to find the right stones and beads for the necklace. He helped me with much enthusiasm I might add. That’s another reason why I love him! We came out with a little multi-purpose tool kit, beading wire, bead clamps, toggle closure, silver beads, blue glass beads, flat round copper colored beads, green stones, and turquoise. I based my color scheme off Stephanie Meyer’s description of First Beach:
The beach only had a thin border of actual sand at the water’s edge, after which it grew into millions of large, smooth stones that looked uniformly gray from a distance, but up close were every shade a stone could be: terra-cotta, sea green, lavender, blue gray, dull gold. Twilight, page 115
Playing on these beaches as a child, my favorite stones to find were blue beach glass worn smooth by the crashing waves. I couldn’t resist adding a bit of that in there.
After dinner last night, I prayed for creativity and knowledge and anything else I may need, and quickly got to work. Within 15 minutes I had a rough idea of where I was going with this 3-strand wire necklace.
I removed the beads, added bead crimps, and started to replace the stones on the wire one at a time. I love how it turned out. I used scraps of the chain I cut from the one that came with the pendant to finish off the necklace. This allowed me to use the toggle to make a matching bracelet. I’m currently wearing the bracelet as I write this.
I’m so in love with this set and so very sad to send it out the door. I hope the receiver of this gift is as much in love with it as I am. I’m sure she will be.
And because I just couldn’t help myself, I made my darling daughter a “pretty.”
I can hardly wait to go back to the craft store to get more beads and make a pretty for myself. Hmm. . .I wonder if Santa knows I’ve been a good girl this year?