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About this design:

Believe it or not, I found the body of this necklace (all the beads ) at my local $1 store! All I added was the antique gold chain and toggle clasp. I got it with the intention of taking it apart and using the beads for another project, but it was just so lovely on its own, all I needed to do was add the chain and toggle! I went back and bought more for gifts.


Ready made metal and glass bead body of necklace, antique gold chain and toggle clasp. I CAN'T REALLY TAKE CREDIT FOR THE BODY OF THIS PIECE--I JUST WANTED TO SHOW EVERYONE WHAT A GREAT BUY IT WAS AND WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM ME, I MADE IT LOOK LIKE A FANCY BOUTIQUE PIECE, RATHER THAN JUST SOMETHING FROM THE $1 STORE!! You just never know what goodies you will find out there!!

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  1. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is fabulous! I love the your additions of the leather and chain. This too is one of my favorite pastimes, disassemble and reassemble. Great job!

  2. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Awesome :)

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This looks awesome!

  4. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I love it! Where IS this dollar store??? :-)

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Gaaaa! I am seriously jealous of your dollar store!!! Mine never has beads or jewelry worth disassembling. Big Lots used to carry beads but not since they moved. Great job…the leather then chain really adds that boutique look.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Where do you live, we might all come down for the bargains :D

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Asia….I’d love to see all of you! C’mon down to Kentucky! LOL DEB–my BigLots just started getting some beads and findings in again…I got a few great pieces!

  8. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Very clever.

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