Quite a while ago, I bought these cool beads from an Etsy seller. I am positive they are handmade, but the seller did not have any info with them (i.e. artist, year made, etc..). They seem to be a clay of some kind, with peacock and other designs imprinted on them. I really loved them, however, the problem was they had such big holes I didn't know how to string them! The holes measure about a half an inch wide. So, they have sat for months and I wished for an idea to come to me.
This week, it came to me. In my love of recycling/upcycling things, I saw an idea to make a necklace out of an old men's tie. The basic idea is, you split open the ends of the tie so you can put beads inside the fabric and tie them off with knots. I used this technique, however, I also added these large holed beads on the outside. I am happy with how it turned out! As chunky as it looks, it is quite light because I used wood beads on the inside. This is quite a statement piece and will look great with simply jeans and a t-shirt. Or for work, dress pants and a blouse. If you'd like to make your own tie necklace, I suggest finding a skinny tie rather than a traditional one. This way, you have less bulky fabric and do not have to deal with the fabric getting larger on one side.