This Royal Cross Necklace was made from a hidden treasure I found in the jewelry making isle of Hobby Lobby.
When browsing the jewelry making isles of your big box craft stores, don’t pass over a hidden treasure. They are there, hanging among all the other gems on display; maybe they are in the clearance section, just waiting for someone to rescue them. These pieces may have a decent design, but something is just wrong with the piece. Perhaps, bad choice of bead or stone colors used, a mix of metals/colors that just don’t work well together or a theme that is not well executed.
Looking at this cross, the design is good, but they missed the mark when adding the little cross charms to it. Most people would not purchase this cross pendant, as they see it for how it is and not what it could be. I see a great design bouncing around in my head so I purchase the pendant along with a pre-made matching oval link chain and head home to my studio.
The first thing I do is remove all of the tiny cross charms dangling from the main piece. I do not cut of the jumprings, but remove them with flat pliers, as I will save them for using later in another design. Now that the cross pendant is free of the little cross dangles, I lay it out and start playing with drops and beads to see what will and will not work.
To complete my design, I simply added jet crystal drops to it. A large drop was added to the bottom of the cross and two smaller ones to the center of the “arms” of the cross. Next, I attached the completed cross pendant to the pre-made necklace chain using the existing jumpring at the top of the pendant.
I am happy with how this necklace turned out. The design has a royal look to it now. I could see this necklace being worn by one of the female characters on the tv show Reign. Next time you find yourself in the jewelry making isle, remember to give those hidden treasures a second look.