DIY: Anthropologie Stormy Seas Necklace

March 13, 2012

UPDATE: The beads I have been able to consistently find are from hobby lobby and they are the brand "Bead Design" or "In Bloom." I hope that helps!

Please, please, if you have a question email me!! I have replied to some of the comments below but realized people don't always come back to check. It is easier for me if you just email me so I know you got response! 


I have wanted one of these beauties for quite some time now. They are from Anthropologie {of course} and they have been sold out in stores and online for a while. From what I researched {correct me if I am wrong} these retail somewhere between $150 and $200 dollars. If you are like me, that is way out of my budget, so instead I opted to make my own rendition. 
1. What I used: Tear drop pendants (I found mine at Michael's after going to several craft and bead stores), Silver glass beads, Jump rings (for the tear drop pendants), Acrylic Paint (I used Spa Blue from Americana and White Pearl from DecoArt), and some sheer 1/4 in. ribbon (I originally bought Soft Suede Lace Cording as pictured, but it ended up being too thick to string the beads). 
 1. The first thing I did was paint the beads with the Spa Blue Acrylic Paint. The nice thing about Acrylic paint is it dries very fast. So once I finished painting one side, I turned them over and painted the other side. In order to have a glossy finish I repeated this process but with the White Pearl Acrylic Paint. It added a nice shimmer to the pendants. To finish them off I added a clear coat of glass paint so the paint wouldn't chip!! (I have also heard you can use nail polish and a glossy top coat, but I didn't want to waste my nail polish!)
2. Once I finished painting, I lined up the beads how I wanted them strung. I bought two different sizes of pendants because they didn't have all that I needed in one size. So I opted to put the bigger pendants on the lower string.
3. Next, I opened the Jump rings, slid the pendants on and then closed them tight. I did this for each pendant.
4. Afterwards, I cut about two pieces of ribbon at 50 in. (this gives you a little room just in case and so you can vary the length later). In order to string the glass beads I cut the ends of the ribbon at a diagonal {as pictured}. I slid on three Silver Glass Beads to every tear drop pendant.
5. After I finished the first strand, I laid it out to make sure it looked okay. Then I repeated step 4 with the second string of beads and pendants.
6. The final step was connecting the two strands. To do this I simply double knotted the ribbon above the last two beads on each ribbon. In the original necklace they strung the ribbon through a bigger silver bead first. I would recommend doing this, I just didn't have any on hand and it didn't matter much to me.
Voila! You have your necklace! 
Tie those ribbons in a bow behind your neck and wear with whatever you fancy!
{Total Cost: $25}

77 comments:

  1. wow jessica you are so creative and crafty!! i'm impressed!

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  2. Ah! I love it! Can I just buy it from you?!?! haha

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    1. Sure thing! Let me know if you would like one!

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    2. I would love to buy it from you too!!!

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    3. Send me an email if you would like to buy one - jessica.eraso@gmail.com. Thanks!

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    4. how much are u selling them for?

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  3. Amazing, Jessica! Really great job. That is a gorgeous necklace.

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  4. Very impressive. That looks just like the anthro one. You're so good at comeing up with crative ways to make what you want. I'm still working on that. Great Job~!

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  5. Wow!! This is adorable. You are so crafty, I'm impressed. I think I need to try this one out. Xoxo

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  6. I somehow stumbled across your blog and absolutely LOVE it! your baby girl is BEAUTIFUL and I can't wait to try out this project! Thanks for sharing! -Kember

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    1. aw thank you so much! you are very sweet!

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  7. Are you kidding me! Jess that is amazing that you made that! It is beautiful!

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  8. this is super pretty! I love the color!

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  9. This is gorgeous!!! You should like up to my link party tonight, I'd totally feature this!!

    Were the pendants crystals? Were they a little pricey?? Hate it when pretty beads are mucho expensive!

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    1. I would love to! How do I do that?

      The pendants are from Michaels or Hobby Lobby I know has them too - they are not real crystal but still a good weight. I bought mine at 1.99 a pack and there were 2 in pack - plus the beads were half price that day so really I got 2 pendants for 99 cents!

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  10. This is so pretty!! Amazing job! I want to make one too!

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  11. I cannot find those beads anywhere! I even checked online and couldn't find them! Help!!

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    1. I know Michael's had them. Hobby Lobby did too. They come in packs of 2 and are 1.99 each. I am in Ohio, but when I get home to Utah at the beginning of April I will check the item number and you can have Hobby Lobby check and see if they have them in stock at any stores near you! They were in the beading section :) I will look around the internet tonight and see if I can find some!

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  12. I am inspired! Pretty!!

    gandacummings.blogspot.com

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  13. Ummm so so so gorgeous! So trying this :-)

    So glad that I found your blog, following along now :-)

    xoxo
    eileen
    www.acreativedayblog.com

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    1. thank you!! you have quite a cute blog as well :)

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  14. wow! so creative. i love this. and even better i love the price! xo

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  15. Gorgeous! I am going to try making this.
    Just found your blog off of pinterest.
    This Sunday I would love for you to stop and link up this necklace.
    www.HeatherlyLoves.com
    Now following your blog.
    xx
    Heather

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    1. of course! Just send me an email! jessica.eraso@gmail.com

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  17. Ahh this is soo great!! Can I pay you to make me one?? I am definitely not creative enough to do it on my own!

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    1. Sure I would love to! Will you email me? jessica.eraso@gmail.com

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  18. If you could let me know what the brand of the clear beads is it would be realllllly helpful.

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    1. I would love to - but currently I am out of town. When I get back I will check and see what they were and comment on here again.

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  19. I just made this the other afternoon as a necklace to wear to my teams banquet coming up and it looks so good! Thank you so much! Can't wait to make more of these!

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  20. I just complimented someone on their anthro necklace. Then they told me they made it?! What the?!? Then she sent me this blog post, because this is the tutorial she used. I'm excited to make my own. Thank yoU!

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    1. you are very welcome!!! It is super easy! best of luck -

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  21. I ABSOLUTELY UNDENIABLY 100% LOVE this necklace.. and since stumbling across your blog thanks to a pinterest pin I have scoured all craft stores in my area looking for the pendants, which did not turn up any goods, so I have resorted to ordering them online but I was wondering about how long are the pendants that you used?

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    1. Hi, what was the answer to this? For some strange reason, she deleted her comment...

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  22. What is the size of the larger pendants?

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  23. I have all the supplies except the pendants. Any clue where to get them-I checked my Michaels in Bountiful and the Hobby Lobby but nothing :(

    http://brookeandjacepackard.blogspot.com/

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  24. I have the Anthropolgie version (if I recall it was closer to $60, not $150-200!)and yours is very close in comparison. The string is actually cotton jersey, so you could get a similar effect with a cut up old tee shirt, as long as the beads can accommodate. I would love to know how the paint holds up, as I would try making one in another color!

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    1. Awesome!!! Thanks for letting me know. I had to base it off of people who sold it on ebay since it is no longer sold at anthropologie! Wow not too expensive at all!

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  25. I absolutely LOVE this necklace and I am so excited to make it! I am just having trouble finding enough of the beads!!

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  26. Michaels and Hobby Lobby didn't have the pendants. Ended up going to a local odds and ends lighting shop and finding them in the chandelier section for about a dollar a piece. Good luck!

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  27. What size are the silver beads??

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  28. i am in love with this! could you please tell me what brand the beads were? i cannot find anything like them!

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    1. I canot either, any luck!?

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    2. I think the brand is "In Bloom"...at least that is what I found at my Hobby Lobby...hope this helps!

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    3. I found mine at hobby lobby they have two brands there "In Bloom" and "Bead Design"

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  29. Beautiful! Love how you recreated the necklace. I am definitely going to try this real soon.

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  30. I just tried this except for I coated each bead with clear nail polish so the paint would not chip. It also made the beads nice and smooth. You probably could get a clear coating from the craft store, but I used what I had on hand. Thank you so much for posting this! I like both of ours better than the Anthropologie ones! :)

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  31. Hi Jessica, I was wondering how you got the ribbon through the beads? I got the same brand and size that you have pictured, but the hole is so small I wasnt sure if you had a trick? Thanks!

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    1. hi! i'm having the SAME PROBLEM!!! lol did you ever figure it out??

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    2. I cut the edge of the ribbon at a diagonal so that I could string them. I think I took a picture in the tutorial. Let me know if that works!

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  32. For everyone looking for the crystal beads, I found some on amazon and just ordered them.


    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/jewelry-necklaces/24898041.jsp

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I6Q2OM/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01

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  33. Hi Jessica! what did you use to get the ribbon through the beads??

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    1. I cut the edges as shown in the picture so that it was small enough to string them

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  34. Anyone looking for the teardrop/briolette beads. I found mine in a garland at Michael's in their "Quinceanera" section. There were about 20 beads on one garland for $19.99.

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  35. Looks aaaaawesome!! I'm just learning jewelry making and can't wait to try this!

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  36. I was at Michael's and JoAnn's today and didn't see any teardrop beads :( Any updates on how the paint has held up?

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  37. I am also wondering how the paint holds up. They are so pretty though :)

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  38. i featured this on my blog today - check it out!

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  39. OMG would love to make one but no kind of time...umm do u sell them? lol

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  40. Hi I was wondering if you knew what the brand was for the teardrop crystal pendants! I'll be trying this today! So excited, I just wanna make sure I can find them.

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  41. I was wondering what the clear coat glass paint is....i have searched online and cant find it. also, does it hold up well and not chip? thanks, sarah

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  42. Thanks for making this tutorial. I found it on pinterest and fell in love with it. I already made mine and LOVE it. I wear it more than any other piece of jewelry I own but I just wanted to give you a few tips that helped when I made mine. I found the tear drop beads online at amazon and paid $1.50 (free shipping) for a pack of 10. They are plastic but I'm glad they are because it's not quite as heavy. Second I used nail polish instead of craft paint. It dries so so fast and one coat of smooth glossy paint was so much easier. I hope this helps you and anyone else that plans to make one. If you want to see how mine looks check it out here. http://instagr.am/p/OER5EcpHCT/

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    1. How much did yours cost total using the beads from amazon? I just ordered some from there and was just curious. Yours looks great!

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  43. So, I just did this, using a needle and certain glass beads can be pulled through. Also I found the gems at hobby lobby in the wedding section (his and hers) as a garland and it cost 9.99 for 28! and using their coupon it was 6 dollars. The paint was trickier. I placed clear tape on the table and stuck the gems on them and slid scratch paper behind it and painted it. I only painted one side, so you can see the facets from the other side. I had to cut the sheer ribbon because it got stressed a lot. See here: http://instagr.am/p/OMj_uUG#DO/

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  45. I had this same idea in the spring and have made this necklace 2X. I am having trouble when I wear it-it sticks to me in warm wether and causes the finish to fleck and change from bright and glossy to matte. I've tried many different top coats, even automotive. Have you had any similar problems? What is glass paint? Is it the Krylon spray?
    P.S To all the people looking for the beads; they are found in the bridal/floral section of Hobby Lobby and are 9.99 for about 25beads, but you can usually get them 1/2 price.

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  46. I found these vintage lucite teardrop beads on Beadaholique! $2.80 for 10 beads, 34mmx24mm (about 1.5" long by 1" wide)

    I am going to try it with spray paint- I found one at Home Depot that bonds to plastic and has a glossy finish.

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  47. I just wanted you to know how much I like your necklace tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. OMG I'm so happy that I FINALLY found a tutorial where the link worked! I have one question though. How many coats of paint did you have to use? Cause I know with this plastic stuff, it's super smooth and the first coat of paint is super thing for a dark color. THANKS SO MUCH!

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