The Tale of the Belt That Wasn’t

Michelle Artisan Jewelry , , , , ,

My personal tastes in beaded jewelry tends to run bright & funky. To that end, I decided to make myself a beaded belt in shades of orange, purple, and shocking pink with large beads and peace signs. It was a great idea on paper. And the finished belt looked great on Daisy, the mannequin.

So pretty!

But alas, there is a difference between Daisy and myself: Daisy has the build of a svelte 20-something, and I have the plump, curvy body of a 55 year old. I’m not unhappy with who I am, but I no longer have a beaded belt body.

So, the belt became a necklace!

I wore it when I was out and about last Saturday with the top Daisy is wearing in the picture. I was surprised and happy to have been stopped and asked for my business card when the necklace caught someone’s attention. Apparently there are others with my unconventional sense of style!

I used two decorative, large lobster clasps to tie the strand together.

And I attached 3 short strands with charms to one of the lobster clasps for an extra bit of whimsy.

I am not at all disappointed. The belt that became a necklace was undoubtedly a success. I learned that I can make a beaded belt, and I have a necklace that I love.

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11 Comments

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I agree. The creative process doesn’t always go according to plan, and that can be part of the fun if you allow it to be.

  1. I love this story because the belt started out with one life that it was intended before but became a wonderful necklace that is a gorgeous statement piece. I don’t think it would have been so noticeable as a belt if it hadn’t been converted to a necklace. Thanks for sharing with us at #OMHGWW!

  2. This is one of my favorite recent “happy accident” stories. Beautiful work whether as a belt or a necklace ( and I can totally relate to the story of how one became the other ) . Featuring when my party opens up tonight.

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