I have been tinkering and noodling  with this type of necklace for a few years now.  I had the wrong hook, the wrong string, the wrong technique.  I have been trying hard to make it work out.  Recently I bought some pearl cotton string at an estate sale and it is what I had been searching for. 

Add a few beads, a vintage button (or two) and a vintage clip earring and it finally worked!

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Then there was the red beads and the pendant from the too small for my neck(lace) I bought on Etsy and necklace number two!

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I loved the pendant the moment I saw it and had been waiting for just the right necklace for it.  Me smells a new product!  :O)