Fall here in New York was off to a very wet and grey start, so I had to create my own sunshine. What better way than colorful rays from a spiky necklace? Examples can be found from cultures around the globe (earning the generalized term of "tribal") to more modern pieces, like this one by artist Anni Albers, the master of found object jewelry. The necklace from Gemma Redux, above, uses stone fan pendant beads. I tried making some of my own beads of this shape with polymer clay... but things looked a little wonky and they now RIP in my graveyard of botched projects.
I found a strand of spiky turquoise beads at a bead store for about 15 bucks and had all the other supplies, so it was a cool $400 less than buying the real Gemma Redux deal.
How-to after the jump!
First, organize the beads to create triangle sections, like below.
Repeat four more times.
Connect the sections together with jump rings.
Using the jump rings, attach chain and a clasp.