Want to make something really different?  Go for the transparent look!  I've written about some neat ideas before, here are two more tutorials by Kate Puhala over on Brit + Co to get your creativity going.  They both use clear vinyl.

The first one shown above uses studs.  Doesn't look space age-y? Kate's second necklace has a scalloped edge.  I like the draped chain effect.

You can also get a translucent look with plain shrink plastic. Illusion necklaces are also partly sheer.  Check the following links for more inspirations.

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