JULY 14TH, 2008 5:00AM PST 

I just love the delicate vintage floral cabs that have been popping up on jewelry lately. I've been using them to create hair clips, earrings, magnets and more, but my favorite floral cab project has to be this simple necklace. It's fast and easy to make, lightweight and really shows off the star of the show-the cab. It also makes great gift. I've gifted many versions of this design to rave reviews. Ready to make one for yourself or a friend? Grab your bead box and lets make a necklace!

For this project, you'll need a cab, shell pendant, jump ring, glue gun and a chain. All together the materials for each necklace average around $4.00. Buying thrifted chains or grabbing them in bulk on eBay really helps!

I like to start by picking the floral cab I want to use. Anything with a punch of color or a funky detail works, because this piece is all about getting the cab to stand out. Once you've decided on the cab, heat up the your glue gun and apply a tiny bit of glue to the back of the cab then quickly press it into the shell pendant.

Add a jump ring, a chain, and you're done! It couldn't be easier. A super simple, unique necklace perfect for summer.

So easy! Kids love this project too. Let them get involved by choosing the pendants and packaging the finished project. They also make great party favors.

Ready to dress it up? How about adding a filigree piece behind the cab?

Use it as-is by adding a matching jump ring and chain, or glue both pieces to a shell pendant.

Or how about using a vintage rosary chain instead of a standard chain?

I love how this one is beginning to get a patina on the metal.

Searching eBay for "vintage rosary chain" will bring up lots of unique options.

*Leftover cabs? Trying gluing magnets to the back and using them on your fridge. You can also hot glue them to ear posts to make darling earrings for children. They're also darling hot glued to a pet's collar!

Supply Sources:

*Minisibo has an Etsy store FULL of gorgeous floral cabs just right for this project. She has the best selection that I've seen and the colors are amazing!

*The one inch shell pendants that I used were found at my local bead shop, but they're also all over eBay. How about these, or these in pastel colors?

*There are also some great Etsy sources of filigree findings out there. I like the aged patinas over at VintageBeadShop. Plus she has some great pictures of wrapped cabs!

Making a necklace yourself? Post your creation in the One Pretty Thing Flick Group and inspire others!

7 Responses to “Vintage Floral Cab Necklaces”

  1. Sarah Says:

    My daughter is going to love this idea!

  2. Beth Says:

    I have so many of those flowers in my bead box. Now I finally know what to do with them, thanks!

  3. Kristen Says:

    Hey Rachel! I’m glad you took the blog plunge! I was wondering if specific days were going to be for specific subjects? Sewing Sunday, Garden Friday, etc?

  4. admin Says:

    Hey Kristen! Right now I don’t have plans to assign certain topics to certain days. My plan is to have one cooking and one garden project a week, and the rest will be crafty DIY’s. And on the weekends anything goes! I’m thinking it will be more fun for the readers to show up to a daily surprise.

    So far I have three months worth of projects planned and I think they’re balanced out nicely between all of the topics I want to cover.

  5. Deb Says:

    ok, now I want one!

  6. declan @ necklace Says:

    My daughter has me making Jewelry and I’m the father, I have to say thank you for the tips offered on this site, much appreciated from a complete novice

  7. Jen R Says:

    I love this idea, how cute! Jen R

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