I mentioned that I began work on a necklace for my Fluttershy cosplay last week while traveling for work. The necklace work continued this week, and I also finished even more cutting of fabric for this costume as well. Figured I would take you through my process for creating the necklace step-by-step in case you wanted to make your own. Overall, it took me about 7 hours to finish this accessory; but I was slightly distracted watching some anime through most of it 🙂 Anyway, here we go!
Things You’ll Need
-Wire (I used Beadalon 49 strand .024 in wire)
-Wire cutter (or scissors, but the wire cutter works better)
-Jewelry planning board (optional)
1. Draw out your necklace design. If you don’t already have your beads picked out for the necklace, during design seems the right time to do so. This necklace incorporated nine different types of beads, almost all of them the Swarovski crystal type, like this. I did not buy that particular set, I bought specific colors I needed (although I also had some of these beads leftover from a previous project). Fluttershy’s cutie mark is a pink butterfly with a periwinkle body. I used periwinkle as the main color for this necklace as there will be the least amount of this color in my costume – it’s really just an accent color. And since my hair will be pink, I wanted a little less pink involved on the necklace.
2. Measure your neck. For a choker you want it to fit pretty tightly, so don’t add too much give to the measurement (though when you cut wire you will want to add some extra length). Cut wire about 2″ longer than your measurement for the main two pieces of your choker.
3. Plan out your pieces. Anywhere you have lines connecting on your design drawing indicates that you will need multiple pieces of wire. For example, the butterfly piece for this necklace requires 5 separate wire pieces. And each teardrop piece is its own wire.
4. Make repeated pieces all at once. Begin each wire piece by sliding a crimp bead onto the wire, and then bending the end of the wire back through the crimp bead a second time. Pull the crimp bead towards the end of the wire, which helps the wire loop formed by the crimp bead to get smaller. Make sure the loop isn’t too small that the main wire can’t fit through it! Below are some example pieces.
5. Plan out the bead patterns for your main pieces. You may lay them out on a table, or optionally use a bead design tray here. You may want to lay out more beads than you think you will need to fill the wire pieces. For this particular jewelry piece, I also had to be careful that the top and bottom main wires had similar numbers of beads between the vertical pieces with the square glass beads.
6. Build your main pieces. I started with the top piece because it required fewer connecting pieces. You may have to remove your beads from the wire once or twice if you don’t have enough to fill the length of wire. It’s also good to check size around your neck when you think you are done. When you get to the end and are about to add the ending crimp bead and loop, make sure to put the clasp piece on the loop before crimping it. Here is what the top wire looked like when finished.
7. When both pieces are done and have clasps, celebrate!
And of course, try on your creation.
I’m very happy with how this turned out. I did discover when I tried it on that I had put two of the same type of twisty clasp on the bottom wire. Ooops. I can redo that last bit later. Can’t wait to see what this looks like as I finish more of my Fluttershy costume! Hopefully more on that next week!