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Years ago, I received a Guess necklace as a gift. I loved it, and cherished it, and wore it virtually every minute of every single day. I wore it so much that I essentially wore it out. Several months ago, my beloved chain broke. It was a very sad day. I couldn’t find it online or in any store anymore, and there wasn’t any other chain that caught my eye quite like that one did. So I just left my chest bare and got re-accustomed to my lack of bling.

I eventually gave up on finding that exact chain and started searching for an acceptable successor. Months went by and still nothing. I had an idea of what I wanted, but that was even harder to find. Then it hit me. If I couldn’t buy what I wanted, I could try making it. From there began my quest to create the exact necklace I envisioned.

Necklace parts and materials

Most of my supplies and materials were found on the jewelry site Etsy. They have the cutest 404 page by the way. Even with such a specialized website, it was hard to find a gunmetal wheat chain with a bar-and-toggle clasp. Curb chains are nice, but they’re not the same. And lobster-claw clasps are simply the worst. So I ended up buying the chain from a seller in Hong Kong, the toggle clasp from somewhere in New York, and a perfectly-proportioned gunmetal-plated brass gear from Texas.

The finished product

After a few YouTube tutorials on jewelry-making and a trip to Tom Thumb for some jump rings, I buckled down this weekend and created this masterpiece. I was quite proud of myself. I think it turned out perfectly (even better that what I imagined), and I love that it’s braggingly one-of-a-kind.

Moral of the story is: if what you want doesn’t exist, then make it.


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Reader Comments (1)

This is such a kickarse necklace! Like, seriously frakking awesome. I love the colors and the metal, metal, metal. The gear is so minimal and awesome.
Anyway, you could totally sell this, but that would defeat the "one of a kind"ness.

Jan 17 2012 at 08:10 AM | Unregistered CommenterPedro Vega Jr.

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