This is Hidden Gems newest masterpiece. It was my first ever cluster necklace, after making many bracelets, and was made for a customer to her specification as a gift for her mother. I love making cluster jewellery and even though they take such a long time to make I’m always so Happy with the outcome.
I wish I could tell you how many beads and buttons were used but I just lost count as more kept being added as I went along. There is near 300 though and each is individual attached. The aim was to make sure the main part of the necklace was much chunkier than the top parts, so not only was more added to the middle using bigger beads and buttons, they are also attached on bigger hoops and longer pins. It may not look like it but there is also a pattern with the beads and buttons. Each half is exactly the same.
This has to be my favourite item and was inspired by the cluster bracelets I have previously made, mainly the blue bead and button bracelet which was a middle of the night creation one day a few weeks ago.
The difference between the cluster bracelets and the new necklace is down to the pattern. It’s a simple pattern on the bracelets, every other hoop contains the exact same beads/buttons all the way through, so there is no build up to the cluster like the necklace. This wouldn’t work as well on a necklace as it needs a center focus that the bracelets don’t have or need.
I really love the necklace and am very proud of it and it turned out much better than I had hoped.