Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Recycled Necklace design inspired by Margot Potter's latest Fabulous book-Bead Chic

Deer, dear bling! Yup that's what I have for you today. The Impatient Crafter's latest book Bead Chic arrived and it rocks! It is organized by design features like scale, color, texture, etc. and I love that! I am partial to off center projects that include lots of different elements and this book is packed full of fun inspiration that features designs using all sorts of textures and proportions.

This is my first necklace I made using some of the inspiration from Bead Chic.
Margot was inspired by Coco Chanel to make the piece on this page and I like how bold and graphic it is. I scored this vintage rhinestone deer recently and I've been wanting to use it in a necklace for a while.
I linked a big metal circle to the pin with some jump rings and linked two different scraps of chain into the pin back (I later took the big one off after it was assembled) Hey I changed my mind, we designers get to do that, ya know!

I linked the side focal deer/ring element to one side of the chain necklace and lengthened the back chain part so the side focal element would hang properly.

So if you like working with all sorts of different jewelry making techniques and styles I bet you too will love:

More about Bead Chic:36 Stylish Jewelry Projects & Inspired Variations


Margot Potter

from the publisher North Light Books:

Bead Chic will show you how to take inspiration that you love and forge your own creative path. After learning basic jewelry techniques, you’ll be launched into 36 gorgeous projects. Each project comes with a variation, so you’ll learn how easy it is to adapt virtually any project to suit your individual style, making you your own designer.

• Each of 36 stepped-out projects features an inspiring variation, including some from today’s hottest jewelry makers.

• Clear step-by-step photography and instructions allow beaders of all skill levels create projects exactly “as-is” in the book, while variations show how swapping out just one or two elements can make an entirely different look.

• You’ll get to play with beads, a variety of stringing materials—from coated wire, to shapeable wire to commercial chain—and findings, all easily found at local and online craft retailers.

Let Bead Chic bring out the designer in you!

About the Author

Margot Potter is a designer, author, freelance writer, consultant, public speaker, actor, vocalist and TV host. She creates innovative designs for major manufacturers and magazines, and teaches popular seminars and classes at stores and major craft and jewelry industry events. Margot is the author of five how-to jewelry books, including Beyond the Bead (North Light Books, 2009) and co-author of Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed (North Light Books, 2008).


Margot Potter said...

FABULOUS! I love it!

Thanks so much!


Eileen Bergen said...

Lovely! I thought "Coco Chanel" before you even said it. I love the necklace on the book's cover too. This looks like a must-have.

dining room table said...

You are good. It is so amazing how you turned that old necklace to a brand new designed necklace. You have a very crafty hand.

Melissa Marro said...

This is just GORGEOUS! It was featured in one of our member's blogs ( and I thought I should come check it out... just stunning.. thanks you for sharing!

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