I'm going to be honest here - I've never bought anything off of Etsy. Some of the artists show real creativity that I greatly admire, but I also often think "I could make that." And the things I know I couldn't make are (deservedly) out of my price range, so....
LaLaCrystal has some beautiful jewelry in her shop, and the teardrop bead she used reminded me of some I had in my stash. I looked high and low for something resembling the leaf she used, but never came that close. Eventually, I found something that I thought might work at, you guessed it, Hobby Lobby.
I kind of cobbled it together through some trial and error, but isn't that half the fun?
- One lonely little bead
- Chain ($2.99 at Wal-mart (all of the stores in my town were seriously lacking in chain selection)
- Leaf (part of a decorative clasp set - something like $1.50 on sale at Hobby Lobby)
- Setting for the bead (again around $1.50, although I ended up buying two different kinds because one of them really did not fit the bead. Of course I hadn't come to the store prepared or anything...)
Total: $6-$7. Oops. That was more than I wanted to spend, but I think it turned out nicely, don't you?(Yes, out of all of the photos my friend took at this "photo shoot," this was the one I liked the best. Crazy.)
Stay tuned to see what I did with more of these turquoise beads. I'm still putting the finishing touches on it, but I think it'll be great when it's done...