O.K. Who doesn’t love Anthropologie? But, the prices are sometimes unbelievable for their products. I happened upon this necklace called the Sol Pompom Necklace. It caught my eye because I love pompoms and thought this was such a clever use of them in a necklace. That got me thinking…I had to reverse engineer this necklace. And behold I did it! Except I did it for a fraction of the cost, only $20.00. This necklace has a retail price of $468.00. I had to laugh when they put it on sale for $249.95 because of what I made it for. Here’s what the original necklace looks like.
Sol Pompom Necklace Courtesy of Anthropologie
I also thought their color choices were a little garish. I went instead for more of a monochromatic color scheme using different shades of blues. I love the color blue.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 yd. of pompoms-light blue
- 1 yd. of of thin velvet ribbon-1/4″ thick and a shade darker than the light blue
- 1 yd. of thicker velvet ribbon to hold the necklace-dark blue
- 1 yd of silver chain-5/8″ thick
- 1 yd. of leather cording-silver
- 1yd. of rhinestones
- 2-3 strand slide lock (I got mine from a different place, but Firemountain Gem and Beads is one of the best online stores for all beading and jewelry supplies. This is probably the hardest item to find out of the entire necklace.)
- Lt.Blue thread to match the velvet that the rhinestones are going to be sewn on to
- Navy thread to match the dark blue velvet
- 1 pkg. of wire (I got mine from Michael’s)
- Jump rings (6mm)
Hardware supplies that you will need:
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
This entire project used the method of wire wrapping. It’s very easy!
Start by measuring the chain roughly 16″. You can make it shorter or longer depending on your neck. Open the chain with a pair of the needle nose pliers or cut one of the links with your wire cutters. It all depends on the thickness of the chain. Lay the two pieces of chain next to one another to make sure they are both the same length.
Attach the pompoms by threading the wire through the top hoop of the pompom and securing it to the chain. At the same time you are wrapping the pompom to the wire, slide the silver leather cording in.
Continue looping the pompoms and wire wrapping the leather cording till the end of the chain. Secure the wire at the end of the chain by leaving additional wire at the end and cut with wire cutters. Wrap the wire around the last link of the chain at the very top of it.
Attach the thin wire to one of the chains and start wrapping the two chains together. You are wire wrapping the two chains securely together.
Measure the thinner of the two velvet ribbons so it runs the entire length of the chain. This is the ribbon that will run down the center top of the chain that has the rhinestones on it. Stitch with matching thread the rhinestones to the velvet ribbon. This will secure the rhinestones in place while you are wire wrapping.
Take some more wire and start wrapping the strip of velvet ribbon and rhinestones to the center of the necklace. Wrap until completed and leave a little wire at the end to attach to the back of the necklace. This will allow for a finished look. Never have any ends of the wire on the front part of your necklace. Always wrap and take them to the back. Feed the wire to existing wire in the back of the necklace.
Attach your three jump rings to each end of your necklace. Do this by opening them up with your round wire tool and hook to the end of the necklace.
Space the rings out according to the space of the 3-ring slide. Take the 3 -ring slide and attach the jump rings and close. Attach 3 more jump rings to the other side of the 3-ring slide.
Feed the dark blue velvet through the jump rings. Leave enough ribbon to tie and make a knot. Also, have enough length of ribbon to be able to wrap the ribbon around itself a second time.
Tie a knot.
Wrap the ribbon around the knot.
Stitch the ribbon securely to the back with matching thread. Trim off excess ribbon on the back.
Cut some ribbon off to make a bow. Stitch the bow to the front of the necklace.
Now, you have one great conversation piece to wear. I feel like a modern day Cleopatra.