My taste is expensive, my budget is not. Which is why I often find myself looking at things through DIY “glasses.” I first came across this lovely Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace on Shopbop and then shortly thereafter spotted it on Busy Phillipps on Cougar Town – a show I do not watch but stopped mid-flip when I saw her.
First, lay out your supplies. Count out your beads and make sure you have enough of each element. Certainly, what beads you choose to use may vary from mine but remember that’s okay, use this as a guide not as permanent rules. I scored all of my pieces at MJ Trim, however I’ve found similar pieces at craft stores like A.C. Moore and Joann Fabrics.
Step 1: Attach one end of the clasp to approximately 2′ of your tiger tail, secure with a crimp bead. Begin stringing the square beads on in the pattern shown in the original, or feel free to create one you like.
Step 4: Apply a thin layer of glue to approximately 5 inches of ribbon and fold over for added thickness.
Step 5: Wait for the glue to dry and carefully cut your ribbon in the shape of a crescent moon, as illustrated above. Cut the whole width of your 5 inch ribbon, as you can always trim down. Measure against your necklace to see where each side can attach to the base necklace. Repeat on the opposite side to ensure they are equal. Once you have both crescents cut and measured against your necklace in matching fashion, affix a piece of wire, looped and knotted, or a jump ring to either end of the crescent and pull each ring through an end cap. Secure ribbon inside end cap with a spot of glue to hold in permanent place.
Step 6: Attach your studs + flatback gems to each crescent moon as illustrated above. Feel free to get as literal or creative as you might want!