New ribbon necklaces at Jaclyn1423

5 May

I’ve always saved ribbons. When people wrap gifts with pretty organza or satin ribbon, I can’t bring myself to throw them away. I’ve never known what I’d reuse the ribbon for, but it didn’t seem as tossable as curling ribbon.

A month or two ago, I decided to start turning those ribbons — and, of course, new ribbon — into necklaces. Bows have a way of being girly and feminine in such a pretty way, and I wanted to combine them with beads and maybe pins or flowers for a pop of something special.

Over the past week, I’ve been uploading those necklaces to my Etsy site. Some have turned out better than I expected, like that amazing pale pink necklace with the smooth glass beads and huge tulle flowers. Most of the material there is new, except for the green seed beads; those, I’ve had since before I started making jewelry.

Others aren’t nearly as cute as I thought they’d be. Regardless, I’m happy with the outcome.

Click through the jump to see the rest of the ribbon necklaces.

All the materials in this necklace I’ve had for at least six months. I bought those white and purple acrylic beads unsure of what to do with them, but I loved the bold colors and interesting silver framing. As for the huge brown ribbon, it came off a bath and body gift I received for Christmas — I couldn’t throw it away, and I’m glad I didn’t. It makes this necklace so much more interesting, and I have a bunch left, too.

When I imagined the ribbon necklaces, this is the kind of thing I originally thought of. This orange and yellow necklace is a mixture of new and older goodies. I had bought the pearls for a bridal set I made a few months ago. The slim and very silky ribbon is new. I bought the little brown flower with the rhinestone on a whim. I wish it were a tich larger, but I like the contrast with the almost conservative ribbon and pearls.

This would be the necklace I imagined most differently. I didn’t realize quite how much length of ribbon it would require to tie so many knots between the beads, which turned this into a choker. It works, luckily, but I wanted this to be a longer necklace like the others. Surprisingly — to me, anyway — the earrings turned out incredible.

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