Honey Do List Reveal - Celtic Cross

When I saw Eric's pictures of Celtic Crosses for this month's Honey Do List from SJ Designs, I was stricken with the simple beauty of them. However, I was at a loss as to what to do with them. My recent bead stash purged absolutely saved me. As I sorted through a drawer of pendants, I came across a rather large, chunky cross pendant that somewhat resembles a Celtic one. I knew it was destined for this challenge. 

As the metal and chunk of the cross aren't very feminine or romantic (my usual style), I wasn't very sure how best to work with it. Since I recently watched a video from Kellie's Bead Boutique that included use of a barrel knot with leather, that idea stuck with me. 
It took a couple of trips to Hobby Lobby to find a leather that would work for this technique and allow beads to be incorporated to add a bit of shine to the chain. 

I couldn't envision making the necklace very long, so I kept it short. That was a blessing as I had no idea how much leather the knots would take up. 

I kept the knots and beads to the front and simply finished the necklace with crimps and a spring clasp. 

It worked out beautifully I think. Make sure to head over to SJ Designs Jewelry to see what Sarajo created along with the other participants. 


  1. Yes, I do agree with you when you say that the cross and in continuation this necklace is not your usual style for womenswear. It could be your style for menswear? I think that the old world look of the cross does make it look romantic. The barrel knots are a clever way to make the necklace look substantial.

  2. Ok, take two on trying to comment. I've learned my lesson, library computers do not play nice with blogger and some other platforms. Sorry it's taken me so long to comment... it was crazy since the reveal prepping for then doing my 3 day art show. I love that chunky cross you had in your stash... perfect for the challenge for sure! I like the way you used the leather and beads (and I'm going to have to look into that knot because it looks cool!). Isn't it amazing how knots always take up way more of the material than you think? I still haven't totally learned my lesson about cutting WAY more than I think I'll need. I hope you'll play along again this month with Eric's spooky inspiration!

    1. Sorry that Blogger is being such a booger. I know I need to switch platforms, but just can't seem to bring myself to do it. I hope your show went well! As for my piece, I'm not even sure where that cross came from. I'm thinking it was in a bag of broken jewelry I got at the thrift store. It's not something I would have bought, but am thankful I found it in time! The barrel knot was really easy. You definitely should look into it. I haven't seen this month's inspiration, but am looking forward to it. Thanks to both of you for inspiring me again!


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