Remake a Necklace, Define a Life

Two months out of the year I hang baubles on a tree.  I decorate myself year-round in pretty, dangly jewelry. Most of it is inexpensive and that’s just fine with me. So, it didn’t hurt too much when I deconstructed a long, awkward bead necklace to make something I’d actually wear.

It all started with a silver-colored necklace from the clearance rack. The length and drop felt perfect. The long, old-fashioned bead necklace wanted so badly to look that cool.

Necklace and inspiration

I preserved the knots between the beads for stability. Nice workmanship for something I bought at a garage sale. Instead, I snipped the necklace open, removed a bead from each end to leave the strings dangling and hung it off my neck while wearing the silver necklace. I used a safety pin to mark where I wanted the necklace to close and cut off the extra, leaving the long strand’s ends even. Forget trying to sew the beads to each other; in the end I twisted 24 gauge wire to join the three bead strands.

It took much longer than I anticipated, but that was time I might have spent making for someone else. It occurred to me creating a new accessory from one that wasn’t working for me was part of creating a new life for myself. The old ways of trying to be perfect for everyone else and deferring my dreams have become a thing of the past.

I no longer care if some people like me if their approval means I have to try to fit into their narrow description of acceptable behavior. I can be proud to be a hard worker now that most of my earnings support me and not the unappreciative.

I can spend an inordinate amount of time making myself a necklace because I’m worth it. I love my life and the people who enrich it.

Necklace with text

5 thoughts on “Remake a Necklace, Define a Life

  1. I love the connection you make with remaking a necklace and defining a life. I feel like our lives- or maybe our thoughts that keep redefining what our lives mean to us- are continuously recycling. We are not the same people we were 20, 30 years ago and that’s a good thing! We need to grow and recreate ourselves. Otherwise, what would be the point of it all? If the beauty of something you thought was once worth having fades, why should it be thrown away when it’s no longer as meaningful? Recreate it if you are so inclined! We are constantly recreating ourselves. The recreated piece of jewelry will thus be a result of how you’ve changed and recreated you own life. Love it!


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