Hardware as Jewelry. Genius or Tacky?

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I'm wearing my new necklace. It's a pendant I bought at the LC Gallery in downtown Greenville.

I’m taking a risk by telling you my new creative idea, because you’ll either think I’m a genius, or else or totally tacky. There’s no middle ground.

Here goes… I just bought a really cute glass pendant at a new gallery in Greenville, but couldn’t find a chain that was the length I wanted. All the chains were too long on me (but not long enough to look cute — just awkward.)

Somehow, I got the bright idea that I could use an extension chain that you would attach to a ceiling fan, as the necklace for my new pendant. So I went to Wal-Mart (basically the only store in Travelers Rest, in case you wonder why that’s the only place I shop anymore) and sure enough… I found exactly what I was looking for. I think it was $2.98, so I SPLURGED and got two! One silver and one bronze.

I feel like this simple idea has revolutionized my accessories, because it works with some other chain-less pendants I had lying around too! You can vote as to how you feel about wearing hardware as jewelry at the end of this blog. πŸ™‚

The coolest thing about these chains, is that you can adjust the length simply by cutting the chain with a scissors. (Then if you want it longer again, just Β re-attachΒ the two sections back together with the little attachment part that comes with the chain.)

Here it is on a silver chain that I shortened to choker length.

ceiling fan chain + unique kiln fused glass pendant by artist Leisa Artus=cute necklace with adjustable length chain

Pendant by Greenville Artist Leisa Artus

My mom bought me this red glass pendant when we were together in Williamsburg, VA last December. The chain it came with broke last month so I decided to try my new hardware necklace... I just looped the chain through the center of the pendant two times and it fit great!

This pendant was created by Greenville Artist Lily Wikoff Stratton. I hadn't worn it very often, only because I didn't like how the length of the chain that came with the necklace looked on me. But now that I have my adjustable length hardware chain, I've worn my Lily Pottery pendant three days in a row now. I love it!

Pendant by Lily Pottery.

9 thoughts on “Hardware as Jewelry. Genius or Tacky?

  1. I say genius! Now if I see a pendant I love, I won’t worry that I don’t have a chain to put it on! Great idea!

  2. You are a genius, of course, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this type of chain on “fine” jewelry of the artsy kind. The necklace that Scott is buying me for Mother’s Day has this kind of chain. (And so did the runner-up, from another site, which he may be buying me for another holiday. πŸ™‚ Not that he knows that he already has his shopping done for him.) Now that I’ve seen your pendants, though, I want THEM, too!

    On another note, I think this is the PERFECT kind of chain for a mom of a young, brazen, hands-on boy. I happen to know one such mom…..

  3. Fire. The printing press. The cotton gin. Penicillin. The internal combustion engine and the Internet – none of these compare to the magnificence of your sartorial discovery. Way to go girl!

  4. I love your chain idea. I plan on trying it myself! Thanks for picking up one of my glass pendants too! Love your blog!

    • I LOVE the pendant you created! It works great on the chain, and was super cheap too. πŸ™‚ I guess my idea wasn’t that original. I was in the Liz Daly gallery last week and she was carrying pendants on the ceiling fan chain. I still like your designs best though. πŸ™‚

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