Anthropologie Knockoff Tutorial from Small Good Things

Monday, July 9, 2012

Today I have a unique opportunity to present you a brilliant guest post tutorial, written and photographed by a talented blogger Emi from Small Good Things. My pin boards are full of her nail art and craft tutorials. She often surprises me with ingenious ideas and I like that she accompanies her eye candy photography with a witty writing style. Now prepare to get amazed by her gorgeous knockoff! 

Hello lovely readers of Hearting Handmade! My name is Emi and I blog over at SmallGood Things. I am so excited and beyond thrilled to guest post on this lovely space of Maša’s. :)
My blog is all about getting crafty (and a bit of nail art), and I LOVE having knockoff tutorials – and what would be better than having Anthropologie knockoff tutorial as my first ever guest post (yes, I’m a guest post virgin :))?
So, here it is, my knockoff piece.

Hot, yes? And here is the original version.

Gorgeous Pyxis Necklace by Anthropologie, sold at £28 (photo credit: Anthropologie).
It is pretty straightforward to make, and would also be perfect jewellery making project for a first-timer. :) So, are you ready for the tutorial?

What you’ll need:

  • trim, 50cm
  • seed beads
  • 6 calottes
  • 6 crimp beads (not in the photo)
  • bead cording and a needle
  • pair of flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers
  • 6 jump rings if you are using non-lacy trims (refer to Step 3)
Step 1

1. Thread the needle, and add a crimp bead.
2. Slip the crimp bead onto the end of the bead cording, leaving a tail of about 5cm, then thread through the crimp bead again to form a loop, and pull the cording snugly.
3. Repeat the step to make a loop one more time.
4. Using a flat-nose pliers, squeeze the crimp bead.
5. Trim the excess cording, and thread it through the hole of a calotte.
6. Close the calotte with flat-nose pliers.

Step 2:

1. Thread seed beads until it’s 45cm long.
2. When you’re done, add a calotte and a crimp bead at the end. Repeat Step 1&2 to make 3 beaded strings in total.

Step 3:

1. If you are using normal trims (like the original version), heat seal the ends by running a lighter or candle flame over them. This will prevent the edges from fraying, but please be careful not to burn them (or your fingers)!
2. Sew jump rings onto the trim, about 0.5mm away from the edge. You’ll need 3 jump rings on each end of the trim (one jump ring per calotte).
3. Fold and sew the edges. Oh, and please use matching coloured thread for your trim (and please forgive my ever-so-uneven handstitches)!
4. Alternatively, if you are using lacy trim like me, simply fold and tie the edges with matching thread.
5. Attach calottes to the end of the trim (or onto jump rings) with flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, and you’re done!

Voila! Easy and pretty, no? You could have some fun making a few more with different colours of trims and seed beads – the possibilities are endless. :) I’m already planning to make another one with turquoise and silver (or maybe gold again, I can’t decide!) and that’s pretty much my summer wardrobe sorted!

The necklace is on the long side, about 95cm in length, and you could make it shorter if you wish (I personally like it long, like the original one). I already wore it a few times and I loved how the beads danced around with me!
So… did I tempt you enough to make one? Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and have a lovely crafty summer! :)
And last but not least, thank you so much Maša for having me xx
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