I will start this post with a bowling related inspiration:
Some more vintage campus and saddle shoes images here.
First when I saw the picture above I didn´t think much of it. But something made me return to it. Then I realised what it was! This 40's campus girl is wearing a bowling pin necklace! I had never seen or paid attention to such jewelry, but as I wandered about in the magical world of Ebay and Etsy I found all kinds of gorgeous and funny bowling related jewelry:
Those pieces above are all clearly made of wood except the first one. In my inspiration picture though the girl has white pins on her necklace. I wanted to copy that look and make my own striking (ha!) bowling pin necklace. To make it I used these items:
1. Bowling pin beads. (I ordered mine from here.)
2. Some plastic chain. (Mine came from Treasuretrovebeads.)
3. As many headpin needles as there are pin beads.
4. A clasp.
(5. If the hole of the pin bead is so big that a headpin needle slides right through, you need some buffer beads (the silver ones).)
Slide first a headpin needle through a buffer bead (if you need one) and then the pin bead.
Use some crafting pliers to make a hook at the end of the headpin needle.
Then slide the hook through a link of the plastic chain. Press with the pliers to make the hook into a loop. I chose to use this plastic chain as same kind of chain was much used in jewelry in the 40's.
Attach as many pin beads as you like. I used eleven beads and attached them to every fourth link. The length of the plastic chain depends on how low you want the necklace to hang.