I am head over heels for all things from Lizzie Fortunato. The combination of earthy, vintage, and a little luxury is just my cup of tea (which is Darjeeling, the champagne of teas, in case you wondered). I've been lusting after this necklace sold exclusively on Shopbop for months, and after what seemed like an eternity over searching for the right beads, I finally put together a DIY version. The hardest part was sourcing the beads, but everything else was a cinch!
Tools and materials:
Turquoise triangle beads (Like these, but other search options include chalk turquoise, dyed howlite, or magnesite)
8mm gold donut/disc beads or rondelles (exact ones I bought)
10mm black rondelles or heishi beads (like these)
Black cord (14 inches)
Beading wire (I used .38 mm, 7t strand)
2 jump rings
4 cord end caps (6mm, here)
2 bead crimps
2 wire guards (optional)
Glue and toothpick for applying the glue
Cut a long piece of beading wire and string on your beads.
On one of the wire ends, slide on the crimp, wire guard (if using), and an end cap. Feed the wire back through the crimp then firmly clamp down with your pliers to close the crimp. Trim the loose end or tuck inside your beads.
Repeat on the other side of the wire to close off the beaded part of the necklace.
Use the toothpick to apply glue inside the end caps, the add an end of the cord to each cap. Let the glue dry completely.
Cut the cord in half (wrap where you will cut with tape first to keep from fraying and unraveling), then glue the remaining end caps to the ends of the cord. Let dry. Add clasp and jump rings.
And we're done! In the words of a friend, it's very me. Can't go wrong with turquoise!