April 2, 2010

Custom Lock and Key Necklace

A few weeks ago I blogged about making a series of custom Mustache necklaces for my high school buddy and Mustache connoisseur John. At the end of the post, I asked:

"Do you have a concept/idea that you would like to see Bead Up carry? I really dig these kinds of requests -- though to be fair, it may take a few months for me to find the parts! If you have a request and I successfully am able to carry it on my Etsy site, you will get a copy for FREE (unless it's one-of-a-kind, then I will include free shipping instead)!! So... leave a comment on this post or e-mail me! The next featured item could be yours (and could even be free)!"

My blogging buddy Linny wrote soon after with a really cool request: "For the past 4 years I've been shopping around for a necklace/charm that has something to do with a lock or locks. Lock is my married name and I have been wanting a necklace that I can wear proudly, so if you happen to be shopping and see an awesome lock type charm or something similar and are able to make a necklace out of it let me know and I'll buy it off of you. I totally trust your judgment in jewelry making."

I found it TOTALLY ironic that Linny asked about a lock necklace because I had JUST purchased a bunch of lock and key charms based on this design I saw in InStyle magazine. I told Linny about the charm and asked if she would like any color added to the necklace and in what color: aquamarine and silver were my answers. And here is the result: 

Linny loved it. She wrote: "OMG, I love it! It's simple but not too simple :) The 'hope' charm does even it out. I really really like it."

Though Linny wanted to pay for it, I told her that it was on me since I had advertised to carry such a necklace for free on Etsy :) So here are the corresponding Etsy products:

Silver Lock and Key Gemstone Necklace

So, what do you think? And do you have any ideas for a piece for yourself or someone else that Bead Up could tackle?

Meanwhile, HAPPY EASTER! He is Risen!


  1. Great post! I cant wait to sport my new necklace around town. I swear you're jewelry only gets better & better ;)

  2. These are so cute!! I love the turquoise beads!!

  3. Love these! Some of the key/lock necklaces I've seen before are much too large for my tastes. I really love the smaller scale and esp love the turquoise with silver.

  4. Very nice! Funny, I just ordered some key charms yesterday too. I really love the "dream" piece. Well done :)

  5. I would love to know your sources for your word charms and lock charms if your willing to share. :)