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Do you ever buy jewelry that you feel like you could beef up? That was me last fall. I bought a necklace at Target, but it needed a little “chica-izing.” I loved the long chain strands, but loving the glitz, I wanted mas. I set it aside and then last month I came across some beautiful gold milagros online. As soon as I saw them, I knew they would go perfect with my necklace!

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Here is what the necklace looked like. It’s super cute, but I wanted to add some Mexi-boho flair.

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I found some gold jump rings and round nose pliers.

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I then set out the milagros to go one on every other strand. I used the jump rings to add them, one-by-one. Make sure to open each jump ring forwards or backwards and then close it the same way so the ends are flush.

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When you wear the necklace, all the chained strands hang like this.

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And here it is all spread out! I hope this inspires you to look at manufactured retail jewelry in a new way. You can take it apart or add to it. I call it “halfway handmade.” You can even paint it or add images, etc.

Love & light,


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