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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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