I recently had a special request for a bib necklace. I made this one after some time of collecting just the right pieces to create a one of a kind necklace. Apparently bib necklaces are the rave now! I have a new appreciation for them after spending hours working on this one and noticing them more and more. I'm still not sure if I would actually wear one....maybe with just the right outfit?
I used several pieces from my vintage jewelry collection and others I found at local thrift and antique shops...and oh yes, my mission was fun!
I used several pairs of earrings (one vintage), rhinestone buttons, and a scarf clip to complete this piece. After sawing off the backs (Yea! I was excited to use my new jewelers saw!) then played around with the design for a while until I arrived at something I liked. I glued them onto a piece of felt. Once the glue was dry, I used thin transparent nylon thread to stitch the pieces to the felt. Not all the pieces allowed me to do this...for those, I used extra strong glue. I then added the ribbon and glued on another piece of felt. When everything was dry, I cut off the excess felt around the jewels with my little tiny scissors.
I then added little tufts of tulle in betweeen the jewels to soften the look.
I have more ideas for bib necklaces with beautiful fabric flowers with rhinstone centers and little jewels tucked here and there hanging off a chain instead of ribbon. Oh now I just need some time to make them. I hope the rave for these necklaces hangs around for a while longer because I might not have time to make more until next year. I've been very busy working on Plaid projects inbetween trying to beef up my little Etsy shop, which always seems to fall by the wayside. For now, I guess I better get back to writing instructions for the load of Plaid projects I just completed.