As for materials, you may use whatever strikes your fancy....beads and pearls are a logical choice, but why not buttons, found items, old keys...or brass stampings?
We're encouraging the use of wire, cold connections, jump rings....and this time, minimal use of glue.
So.....have you got an idea of what you'd like to do? Or are you stumped?
Either way, I can help with some photos for inspiration!
This is a really ornate beaded piece, very vintage, very valuable. I found the photo at Pin. This would be a collar style piece. Don't think you don't have the skills to do this sort of work. It mostly goes to finding the right filigree, components, and just working it out. Determination may yield surprising results!
Below is a simpler vintage Haskell design, and because of the glass bits in front that fall, it would be termed a bib, or a demi-bib.
The photo below features a very rare old unsigned Haskell made with organic materials, in the collar style:
Here's a funky vintage style that might amuse you:
It was labeled vintage, but I don't think it's terribly old. I'm not crazy about the quality of the components used....but it's a great design. Maybe it will get your wheels turning.
I found this pearly bib at zulily.com:
This is a great example of a simple bib almost anyone could put together in a few hours.
Here is another bib necklace that turned my head:
Love the color, the way it falls, how full it is. Maybe this is the type of bib you'd like to make!
To achieve this look would require you to hang graduated lengths of chain from the top chains that go ahead the neck, and then link them together and use them as a grid.
The photo below shows a necklace made from a vintage Japanese pearl beaded collar, as a base:
SO....you could also do your bib or collar necklace with old doilies and flowers, too!
Here's a funky bib from Beanzie of The Vintage Heart:
and here is a lovely assemblage/collar style from Cherie Barnes of Cherie's Pottery:
Oh sigh. That is just SO! pretty.
This piece took some real skill....it was made by Jann Tague of Clever Designs:
Purple is a hot color for this fall....Tanya Tellefson Van Beeck designed this demure bib:
Caroline Laurense shared this awesome vintage button necklace with us at the Group today, too:
Now *I* am totally into the button thing. I've been threatening to make one of these FOREVER. I better get with it!
This is a collar necklace full of old charms, plastic bits and beads....made a long time ago by B'sue:
Sort of kitchen-sinky....but a collar because it goes ALL the way around.
This would be more like a bib because of the big pieces and the drop in front. I made it a few years back from stuff I had in the workshop, and I sold it at Ebay.
This is my lost earrings bib which was included in Lark Books FABULOUS JEWELRY FROM FOUND ITEMS, in 2005:
Bib and collar necklaces are very fashion forward...so take your ideas to the next level and who knows, you might end up with a whole new line!
And by all means, come and join us at the Creative Group and show us whatcha got! All skill levels are warmly invited to come and join in our fun!