October 11, 2013

Yeah, so This happened...

You just never know what is going to transpire in the studio and some things just happen accidentally. I created this cool asymmetrical necklace with one of Jade Scott's new wreath pendants that just came in the mail today. I had all sorts of visions when I first saw these online but what ended up happening was much different than I had imagined. Even Better!

I finished the necklace with the pendant and when I took a close look at the finished product, my initial thought was, it needs something else. Something in the center of the wreath. I know I know. That kind of contradicts the idea of it being a wreath. But just hear me out.

I started playing around with different types of components like charms and beads, thinking of interesting ways to attach the whatever to the center. I thought about chain. I grabbed some scrap beading wire and was thinking I could somehow attach something inconspicuously in the center.


 I found this bronze bird in my Green Girl bin- it's actually the toggle half of a clasp. But it has a shank on it and that worked perfectly with my beading wire idea.

Here's how I did it.

I strung 1 brass faceted bead to the center of a piece of beading wire. Thread the two ends through the shank on the bird toggle, like so.

i hope my sparkly nail polish doesn't blind you. 

Pulled the wire up so that the bead sits flush against the shank.

See what I did here?  Strung a crimp tube on each wire, and then I passed each wire up through the jump rings on either side on the pendant, and back down through the crimp tubes, and crimped them carefully. To keep the wires from poking the skin at the back of the pendant, I pass the wires back down through the shank and trimmed them with wire cutters.


I think it was a huge mistake SUCCESS!


8 comments:

  1. Brilliant, just brilliant! Adore the necklace!

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  2. Thank you for such a detailed walk-through. You have a real talent! Your post is a great asset to people who have the same passion for handcrafted jewelry. Also a very good use of colors!
    Blue Diamond Rings

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  3. Brilliant! I love how you make art beads your very own vision. Oh, and the sparkly nails are just an added treat.

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  4. I hope this is a preview of your next e-book - How the Heck Did She Put That Together?! I often wonder, and it's great to get the inside scoop. And I love the sparkly nail polish!

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  5. Ingenious! Those design problems are why I have a bin of unfinished jewelry and I admire your problem solving skills.

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  6. Clever girl, the beading wire is so much more flexible than wire I bet it lays nicely .

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  7. What a great solution---I loved it and I loved the necklace!

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  8. I'm with everyone else, thank you for showing how you created such a beauty! I love how the bird just completed the necklace. Way to go girl!

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