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Necklaces

Crafting a necklace, for yourself or as a gift, allows you to create a piece of wearable art. The beauty of handmade jewelry is that it is one of a kind. You can fashion necklaces from common materials like wood, ribbon, beads, or buttons: Anything you make will be a treasured keepsake.

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Treat your sisters and girlfriends (and yourself) to jewelry that shimmers with style. Start with a handful of inexpensive costume pieces -- brooches and earrings with openwork designs -- and give them a new-old coppery patina using spray paint. Then link them together and add pretty pink ribbon. No one will guess you didn't break the bank.

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Here’s a simply chic necklace with an unexpected twist -- it’s made of materials commonly found in the hardware store. All you need to make your own is a length of cotton rope and a pair of aluminum sleeves and glue.

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Just about anything can be used to mold polymer clay, including the mini tart tins that formed the beads of this necklace. Big enough to make a statement, the bib-style design has ribbon ties that adjust to suit the neckline of any outfit. 

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Who knew a geometry lesson could be so cool? Piled on a chunky faux-metal thread-wrapped chain, nearly two dozen square charms cheerfully mingle with four or five rectangular ones. The mix looks random, but the colors are limited to six to give the piece just enough cohesion. 

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