Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY: akongesque

alright. On the left is Akong London's Regalia Necklace, which is being sold at Anthropologie for $468. I liked it; I was charmed by the whimsy, the bright colours, the innovative use of ribbon, trim, and chain. But $468? Not on my grad student budget. So, for less than a tenth the cost (with materials left over), I made my own (on the right). I also used three layers of brass curb chain, hooked together with brass jump rings, two layers of rhinestone chain (though I swapped in pale amythest and orange, colours I liked better). I was looking at faceted resin/crystals like the pink ones in the original when I stumbled upon these vintage green glass beads and went for them instead. I also went for a much larger brass spacer bead, because I found these gorgeous old ghanan trade beads and decided I'd use them instead. I did find the same black gimp trim (I was sure that would be the stumbling block, but lo and behold, I found it).

I have to say, it was a LOT harder to put together than I'd thought. Layering rhinestones in over brass chains and trying to link them all together is a major pain in the butt. I understand now why it is almost $500; I have a lot of experience with basic wire work and this required patience and a lot of time and fiddling. But still, I love the results.

If you're thinking about making one yourself, let me know if you want some of my leftover black gimp trim. I can send you the 6" or so that you'll need ... because I really don't think I'll be making these for holiday gifts this year. Nope, this is me spoiling myself.

5 comments:

Abigail said...

You are so amazing. In like, every way. I hope you know this. Today I am wearing a pair of pants that you gave me and I'm trying to channel your awesomeness.

fleur_delicious said...

I'm blushing! If only I were channeling the intellectual BRILLIANCE of Abigail and writing today! =) (alas!) Are you psyched for Disneyland?

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

Holy smokes. You are fabulously talented. I like your version of the necklace even better than the Anthro one. Bravo!

LINH said...

Hi~ I actually think urs look nicer than the original :) look like alot of efforts have been put into this necklace :)

Donna Huisinga said...

Just found you and you are very good with jewelry. You definitely are good at duplicating the real thing. Love the 5-strand rope necklace that you made from Honestly .... inspiration with the wire wraps and hex nuts.