I got these beads a long time ago at Value Village for $1.99 in a plastic bag mixed with other beads. I sorted these clear and slightly smokey crystal beads out and with some smaller smokey crystal beads I already had, I decided I needed to make a new necklace to go with some of the thrifted dresses I have gotten recently.
This is what I used; beads, wire cutters, flat nosed jewelry pliers, some coated jewelry wire, crimp beads and a magnetic clasp.
I got so excited while making this that I forgot to take pictures, so I will just have to talk you through the tutorial. I placed a crimp bead on one end of a 3 foot piece of coated jewelry wire and crimped it (I always give myself lots of extra wire in case). This will be a temporary stopper to keep the beads from siding off. I added 20 of the small smokey beads and then all the clear crystals. Then I added 40 more of the small smokey beads and the large smokey crystals. I finished it off with 20 more of the small smokey crystals. Then on the open end of the wire, I added 2 crimp beads, looped the wire through the loop on one side of the clasp. Then I ran the wire back through the 2 crimp beads and with a 1 inch tail, crimped the beads closed. Then I moved all the beads down, making sure to slide the long end and the tail through the beads, making them all snug. Then I cut off the temporary crimp bead and did the same thing on the other end with the 2 other crimp beads and the other end of the clasp. After feeding the long tail about 1 inch into the beads, I pulled everything tight making sure the beads were all snug with no gaps. Then I crimped the crimp beads and cut the tail off. Hope this explanation makes sense.
Luckily I had enough beads that I can wear it long.
Or loop it around twice.
Here is the detail of the clasp area with the crimp beads crimped closed. I quite like my new necklace as it has a vintage Austrian Crystal feel to it. What do you think of this inexpensive refashion? I already had all the other materials in my jewelry making kit, so the necklace only cost me about 20 minutes of time and about $0.50 worth of beads as I still have lots of beads left in the bag. These may appear in another refashion. Cheers, Michele