About a month ago I took a little trip to the trimmings shops in the Fashion District that I discovered over 3 years ago. (Ermg. Serious chuckles at that post from my first time in NYC.) I found this incredible collar necklace base tucked away in one of the boxes in the shop and I was really drawn to it.
I've been really envious of my roommate Adele's statement necklace that she bought at this consignment shop in Princeton, NJ last spring. When I saw the collar base in the trimmings shop, I decided to try and make my own statement necklace.
To make the necklace I collected some of my broken necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and sparkly beads that I had kept over the years. (I was home for Christmas so I could root through all of my old stuff. :))
I laid them all out and eliminated the ones that didn't fit with the necklace vibe I was going for. Then, slowly, (with a lot of Mad-Men-rewatching) I stitched the necklace together. It probably took me 20 hours total, but it was just the project I had been itching for. This is definitely my favorite project as of late and it is probably the most versatile thing I've ever made.
One thing that I found really helpful when I was making the necklace was using rhinestone trim to outline the sides + design. I also followed the design in the lace of the collar. If you find a lace collar, (like this one on Amazon or this one) I definitely recommend following the pattern it has. Makes it so much easier and you don't have to doubt your placement/design choices as much.
Very much into the sparkly antique aesthetic right now. :)
Also pairs with fox shirts. I just have so many of those lying around. ;) #wish