One of the Other Crafts I spoke of on Friday was this merino wool felted ball necklace.
I made a few necklaces with felted yarn balls a while ago, but I strung the balls onto ribbon and I was never happy with how they turned out. This time I used some ridiculously soft cotton, and I love it so much more.
I think the hardest part was deciding what kind of clasp I wanted to use. I knew I didn’t want a bolt ring because I find them a little clunky and ugly (not to mention the fact they can be ridiculously fiddly) so I was looking into alternatives. Lobster clasps are a little better, but then it struck me that I already had all the materials to try and make my own clasps.
I absolutely love how it turned out. The simplicity of the clasp and the necklace seem to really complement each other, and I think the handmade clasp adds a lovely extra touch.
In hindsight I wish I’d used the larger jump rings for both necklace ends, it would have looked more balanced. The larger ring is closed though, so I can’t add it on now but I have ordered a supply of open rings of the same size. I’m looking forward to them arriving so I can swap the smaller ring out and stop obsessing over how unbalanced it all looks!