For a while I was lusting over some jewelry on Etsy with a solar system theme. Since I've decided to be a teacher, I've fallen in love with almost everything that reminds me of Miss Frizzle from the Magic School bus. I showed my inspirations to my mom, hoping she'd get a kick out of them, and to my surprise she said "Jess, you can make that!"
So the search was on, to find gemstone beads that resembled the planets. Labadorite for Mercury, Jasper for Venus, Lapis for Earth, Carnelian for Mars, Agate for Jupiter, a yellow pearl for Saturn, blue coral for Uranus, a glowing glass bead for Neptune, and since it was a planet for most of my life, a Feldspar bead for Pluto. I used Black Onyx and seed beads for the "space" surrounding the planets, and my beautiful jeweler mother hooked it all together with clamps and a clasp.
Now I've got my own little Solar System necklace. I'm so happy with it, and since my mom and I worked on it together, it's much more meaningful than it would've been had I purchased it from someone else.
Overall, the necklace took me about an hour to string, and if I were to purchase the entire supply list (instead of having most of the beads on hand,) it would give me enough to make about 15 of these necklaces for around $50 to $60.
What have you made lately?
Have you ever recreated an item instead of buying it?