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« on: October 16, 2011 10:50:40 AM »

One of my favorite bloggers posted about this necklace available on Anthropologie's website a few months back.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20860656&catId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES&pushId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES&popId=JEWELRYACCESSORIES&navAction=top&navCount=354&color=000&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES-PENDANTS#BVRRWidgetID

It was retailing for something like $165. I figured it would be pretty easy to diy. So I did.



First, I looked around my house for leather-like items to cut up for the covers. I had a bag that my dog had chewed the straps on. I had an old placemat that I had purchased to make into a purse.



I remembered an old red purse I had that would be perfect. My dog had chewed the straps on it, too. Then I remembered that I had finally thrown it away. I kicked myself. Then I headed to the thrift store.

I found an old green purse for a few dollars. A few dollars was more than I wanted to pay, but still considerably cheaper than the Anthro necklace!



I set out molding the pages out of white fimo that I had laying around. I scored the sides. I poked a hole in the middle. I baked them.



I sandwiched them between the cut leather and mashed things around a bit. The "pages" cracked.

Time for round two.

I did some reading about the Anthro necklace, and found a similar one on Etsy. The shop-owner on Etsy was selling actual usable books. Made with real paper!

So I started cutting up books.


I cut and I cut and I cut! And then I used a needle and poked a hole in the middle. I inserted a headpin through the middle, found a suitable chain, and voila!



I love it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2011 11:07:11 AM »

I just hit This Rocks. You did a fabulous job, and thanks for sharing how you did this, what worked and what didn't. My daughter volunteers at our local library, and it'd be nice to make one of these for the librarian.
I have old leather planners, and old leather look plastic planners as well, that I've saved the covers to before recycling the innards. Hmm...I wonder if a thin leather belt would work, too? They're about a dollar at Goodwill...
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011 11:09:33 AM »

I love this!! Pinned!
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011 12:26:19 PM »

Thanks you guys!

Bookstorebabe, I think a belt would work too as long as it's a thin one. I will say I think fake leather is probably easier to work with than genuine.

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011 02:03:04 PM »

You did a great job recreating the Anthropologie necklace. I love your use of polymer clay for the pages. I may just have to give this one a try myself. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2011 02:20:17 PM »

I was thinking of making that exact necklace myself after seeing it on etsy.  You did a great job!
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2011 03:19:37 PM »

Oooh, awesome! Thanks for the steps on what you did!
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011 12:49:01 PM »

i ADORE this! added it to my "favorite projects" on my profile hehe
thanks for sharing the tutorial, too!

I may have to make my own Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2011 12:50:56 PM »

Thanks for sharing, I LOVE this project!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2011 12:52:58 PM »

This is lovely!  I want to make one now!
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2011 01:14:18 PM »

That is so beautiful!  I so need to make one for myself to wear in homage to my love of books!  Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2011 01:35:15 PM »

This is sooooo cute and just right for a teacher or bookworm.   I'm a bookworm.   Thank you for sharing.  From what you've stated and the images, I guess size of pages and the leather covers are up to the individual.  Right?
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2011 03:33:42 PM »

So great! I'm pinning this, thanks for the pictorial.
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2011 03:38:00 PM »

Oh my STARS! That is perfectly adorable. I dont know what it is about anything miniature. Just sends me over the moon. <3
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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2011 03:54:31 PM »

This is sooooo cute and just right for a teacher or bookworm.   I'm a bookworm.   Thank you for sharing.  From what you've stated and the images, I guess size of pages and the leather covers are up to the individual.  Right?

Right! I didn't want the charm to be too big, so I tried to keep the stack about an inch tall. You can make them as large or small as your heart desires. I cut the pages first, before I cut the covers. Then as my stack of pages grew, I smushed them against the piece of leather that would become the cover to see how big I needed to cut it. I also sewed the pages together in a makeshift binding before I added the cover, just for extra security.

I'm overwhelmed and excited by the response to this. Thanks so much, everyone!
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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2011 04:19:00 PM »

I love this, You did a amazing design on this. Roll Eyes I could try to do this, but it won't be as good as yours. You've inspired me." This Rocks!!!!!"   Thanks for showing this & the how to's also.
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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2011 04:22:13 PM »

 I'm always amazed at the prices people willingly pay for items that they could buy for a fraction of the cost made by talented people like yourself!

As a long time reader, I love your version, & thanks for posting the step by step! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2011 05:37:31 PM »

We've been trying to think up things that we can sell to raise money for Librarians without Borders and I believe you may have just hit the jackpot! I want one! Who knows how many other people at my uni would buy these? THANKS!!

On a side note, even if they don't want to use this idea. I will probably have to add this to my christmas list. YAY
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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011 03:07:36 AM »

Aw, it's so cute! I absolutely love it. Well done it looks great!
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« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2011 03:21:54 AM »

Love it!
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« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2011 08:00:45 AM »

Any bookie would adore this as much as I do! I like yours better than Anthro's one! Your chain better suits the books, IMO. I appreicate you sharing the details of your project. This necklace is quirky and I absolutely LOVE it!
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« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2011 12:08:16 PM »

I love how Anthropologie gives so many people so much inspiration!

Thank you so much for posting this, I love it!
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« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2011 07:51:56 PM »

I'm overwhelmed and excited by the response to this. Thanks so much, everyone!

Thank you so much for sharing it!  We featured it as our Craftster Project of the Week email this week, too. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2011 12:00:55 PM »

You really do "rock!"  This is ADORABLE!!!
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« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2011 03:25:19 PM »

so pretty!
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« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2011 07:10:42 PM »

I have some scraps of leather that have been NEEDING a project! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
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« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2011 09:01:13 PM »

Thats amazing! I love it
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« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2011 06:32:02 AM »

Thanks for sharing, i love it Smiley And this is officialy firs tutorial that i found on craftster and actualy made at home. Everyone at my school loved it Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2011 10:18:36 PM »

SO SO SO SOOOOO adorable!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2011 05:04:42 PM »

Wow, this is amazing! I am really inspired to try to make my own; this is a gorgeous, gorgeous necklace.  Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2011 06:54:30 PM »

I got inspired by your beautiful pictures and detailed tutorial, and made a couple syack-o-books necklaces- woohoo.  Thanks!
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« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2011 08:41:10 PM »

I made a bunch, too. Thanks you so much!
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« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2011 08:11:23 AM »

I would love the links to any pictures of necklaces you all make. It's fun to see everyone else's interpretations.
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« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2011 07:28:20 PM »

I made one for a swap partner who had it on her wist/pintrist. Then I made a couple for me. Then the gallery owner saw me wearing it, and I ended up making 9 bookstacks for her-see what you started? I'm hooked!
I experimented. Some book pages were cut from dried rose petals; perfect for an old book look. I only had a few of those. The rest were from a plain white note pad, light brown printer paper, cut up dried leaves-some I painted the paper edges gold to gild them. Broke down and bought a couple of cheap thrift store purses for thinner leather. Left some covers as they were, painted a few others, brushed a little sealer over them all.
I'm in the Wee House Craftalong, so I'll be making a few more of these. After Christmas! I posted there, too, couldn't resist.

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« Reply #35 on: December 07, 2011 08:34:15 PM »

I just finished mine, but I think it's maybe a little too big?  
I would love if you could take a picture of your necklace maybe with a quarter or penny or something so I get a feel for the size Smiley I did 1x1ish squares but I dunno...

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« Reply #36 on: December 08, 2011 12:22:50 PM »

Why is this one marked as mature?
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« Reply #37 on: December 08, 2011 01:21:50 PM »

I'm definitely going to pick up some leather to scrap next time thrift store trip.  This is so fantastic, I need to make one.
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« Reply #38 on: December 08, 2011 02:00:32 PM »

Why is this one marked as mature?

I guess because I'm new it wouldn't let me post an image and when I tried to take the mature tags out it said I wasn't allowed to put in a picture... Weird glitch thing I guess.
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No biggie!  I updated it for you. Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: December 10, 2011 11:55:27 AM »

That is adorable! (:
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This is super cute. I want one. Lol.  Grin
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« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2012 08:05:02 PM »

Oh my goodness! Yay! Thank you!

To whoever requested a picture (I'm on my phone and can't tell right now), I will try to take one this week that shows the scale.
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« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2012 08:13:14 PM »

Oh my goodness! Yay! Thank you!

To whoever requested a picture (I'm on my phone and can't tell right now), I will try to take one this week that shows the scale.


You're welcome!  Thank you, too!
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« Reply #46 on: January 30, 2012 02:55:45 PM »

wow that is terrific  Shocked I'm gonna make one of it for my book-addicted best friend. Thanks for the how to  Wink
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« Reply #47 on: February 07, 2012 05:07:08 PM »

I don't know if this helps at all with the scale.

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