I have always loved cameos…maybe it is part of being a child of the 80's when they were in or just how cool and sophisticated they look…who knows?!  Towards the end of last year, 99 Cents Only Stores had cameo earrings and necklaces for 99 cents each. Of course, I went hogwild and bought a ton of them, came to my senses and returned 90% of my haul, but I managed to talk myself into keeping a few. I mean, 99 cents?! Who could pass that up?! The things is, when buying things from the 99 cent store, well, they are typically not the best materials or quality. Thanks goodness, the beads and crystals from Connie Crystal are high quality!


I strung a large stone pendant as well as some Connie Crystal beads onto stretch bead filament to create an easy to wear necklace.  The large pendant needed something…wire wrapping…maybe some stamping…and then I remembered I had those cameos in my stash!


I cut the loop from a pair of cameo earrings and used E6000 to apply the cameo to the front of the large stone pendant. The stone is a perfect frame for the cameo and it separates it from my sensitive skin. Additionally, the shimmery crystals and beads fom Connie Crystal elevate an otherwise gauche cameo pendant.

Now, if I can only pry this necklace from the hands of my teenage daughter so I can wear it myself…


  • Beads, Crystals, Pendant – Connie Crystal
  • Stretch Beading Filament – Cousin Corporation
  • Cameo – 99 Cents Only Stores
  • Adhesive – E6000

Thanks for reading this post and visiting today. Hope this inspires you to use Connie Crystal to elevate costume jewelry to somethign spectacular!

Happy Creating!













Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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