I made this necklace for the South Carolina library associations annual conference silent auction. I hope it gets lots of bids! The money raised goes to the scholarship for diversity for the association.
I finally finished making these 15 necklaces and two pairs of earrings that were commissioned by my friend Caroline of fossilized dermal scutes (osteoderm fossils) from alligators (I think from the Pleistocene era) that she found at Edisto beach (technically, they’re fresh dermal scutes but being fossilized sounds better)… I used a variety of beads and basic necklace cords and wrapped them with copper wire and silver wire. I might have to go down to the beach to find more to make and sell online!
This has been an undertaking! My mom gave me her old double strand of beads with a vintage onyx clasp from the 60’s to clean up and repair. Unfortunately the beads were so old, the coating was coming off so I decided to get all new beads and learn how to knot them. After a few lessons in knotting from my friend Clay Burnette, I found that Griffin silk cord in size 8 was the best option. I knotted each strand, cleaned the clasp, and created a whole new necklace just in time for Valentine’s day.
Laying out the beads before knotting:
Below is the original clasp with some original beads:
Griffin silk cord, size 8 and starting the knotting:
vintage clasp cleaned and ready:
after knotting both strands, I used glue to make sure the findings would stay in place:
Close up of clasp on finished necklace:
And finally, the finished necklace!
What a perfect gift for the librarian or avid book lover! Each recycled library card comes with three sets of earrings. Visit my Etsy store to find these and more!
Finished making 8 sets of earrings today!