Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Pearls, Brass with Antiqued Copper Finish Focals and Copper-Plated Copper Chain


Thoughts of lazy days and fun-filled outdoor activities inspire the ''Signs of Summer'' necklace design. Those memories might include taking a ride on a Ferris wheel, spending lots of time in the garden, noting the variety of colorful blooms over summer months and admiring a fluttering butterfly recently emerged from its cocoon.

With this vintage lavaliere style of antiqued copper filigrees and Swarovski coral pearls, those moments in time can be repeated and enjoyed.

Gather your tools and all materials copper and coral and bring back the past.

Making the Ferris Wheel:

STEP 1

Place two copper-plated filigrees together with finished sides on the outside, unfinished sides on the inside.

Place a 2-inch headpin through a hole (there are 8 holes) in one filigree, through a 10mm coral pearl then through the hole in the other filigree.

Using flush-cutters, trim the headpin to 3/8 inch. Using the tip of the round-nose pliers, form a simple loop close to the surface of the filigree. Repeat six times, securing a headpin through a hole on one filigree, through a coral pearl and then through an adjacent hole in the second filigree.
STEP 2

Place a headpin through the last hole on one filigree, through a coral pearl and then through the remaining hole on the second filigree.

Place the end of the headpin on a larger section on the round-nose pliers.

Form a larger simple loop or keep turning the wire to make a double loop, similar to a split ring, forming a bail you will use to suspend the Ferris wheel from later.
STEP 3
Beginning with the simple loop next to the bail, and using the slender tip of the round-nose pliers, go into each simple loop and turn the wire to condense the size of the loop and form a split-ring type coil. Tuck in the end of the pin so there are no sharp ends.

Repeat coiling each loop with the exception of the loop directly opposite the bail. For this loop, coil it but not as small as the others as it will be used to suspend a coral bell dangle.

Set the Ferris wheel assembly aside.

Making 2 Coral Bells:

STEP 4

Using a pair of round nose and flat forming pliers begin to turn one side of one fan inward.

With the same pliers, continue to form the fan inward, working side to side, until you have a bell shape with a small 2mm opening at the top and about 15mm opening at the bottom; the sides should be close enough to touch each other.

Note: Forming the bell can also be accomplished on a horn anvil with a rawhide or plastic mallet. You will still need to use the round nose and flat forming pliers to fine tune the shape and bring its edges closer to form a closed bell.
STEP 5

Thread one of each of the following onto a 2-1/2 inch copper-plated fancy headpin:
  • 4mm Swarovski round, crystal copper
  • 6mm Swarovski pearl, coral
  • 14mm Swarovski pearl, coral
  • 8mm Swarovski rondelle, crystal copper
Thread the beaded headpin through the bottom of the bell and out through the top. Then thread on another 8mm rondelle and a 4mm round coral pearl.

Trim the headpin not less than 3/8 inch to create a simple loop large enough to dangle from the Ferris wheel made in Steps 1 - 3.

Attach to the bottom loop of the Ferris wheel. Set aside.
STEP 6
Repeat Step 4 to create a second bell.

Thread one of each of the following onto a 2-1/2 inch copper-plated fancy headpin in the following order:
  • 4mm Swarovski round, crystal copper
  • 6mm Swarovski pearl, coral
  • 12mm Swarovski pearl, coral
  • 8mm Swarovski rondelle, crystal copper
Thread the beaded headpin through the bottom of the bell and out through the top. Then thread on a 4mm Swarovski coral pearl. Set aside.

Making the Butterfly Cocoon:

STEP 7

Using the round nose and flat forming pliers, roll in the sides of a filigree snowflake until they almost meet each other. Work side to side turning with the pliers a little at a time. Do not close up completely.

Thread the following onto a 3-inch length of 20 gauge bare copper wire:
  • One 4mm crystal copper round bead
  • Two 8mm crystal copper rondelles
  • One 10mm coral pearl
  • Two 8mm crystal copper rondelles
  • One 4mm crystal copper round bead
Trim as needed to allow for no less than 3/8 inch on each end of the beaded section. Form a simple loop at each end so they rest against the 4mm round crystal beads. Insert the wired beads into the filigree and use your fingers to compress the ends and form a more fitted cocoon. Set aside.

Note: A pair of nylon-jaw pliers can be used to compress the ends of the cocoon.

Assembling the Chain Necklace:

The finished lavaliere chain shown measures 15 inches; the 36-inch finished chain includes the toggle clasp.
STEP 8
If you are going to antique the chain to match the other components, antique using Liver of Sulfur™ or Cool Tools Patina Gel before cutting.

Using flush-cutters, cut one side of the finished chain 15 inches below the toggle bar.

Attach two 6mm fancy jumprings to the cut end. Two rings offer a more secure closure.
STEP 9
Cut approximately 4 inches of the chain from where you made the first cut. Set this 4-inch piece aside. The remaining chain connected to the other half of the toggle clasp is approximately 15 inches.

Note: Both 15-inch lengths of chain connected to each half of the toggle clasp should be even when measured; cut away any odd links.
STEP 10
Attach two 6mm fancy jumprings to the side of the chain just cut.

Open one 10mm fancy jumpring and pass it through the 6mm jumprings on each end of the 15-inch chains. Repeat adding a second 10mm fancy jumpring to the same connection.

Check to see that both sides are even and adjust if necessary. Open one 10mm fancy jumpring and add the bail made on the Ferris wheel pendant; close the jumpring. Repeat connecting the Ferris wheel to the second 10mm fancy jumpring.

Adding the Cross Chain:

STEP 11

The 4-inch chain cut in Step 9 should have an odd number of links--if needed, cut away a link.

Measure up 5 inches (approximately 19 chain links) from the Ferris wheel on one side of the lavaliere chain. Using two 6mm jumprings, connect one end of the 4-inch length of chain to this spot.

Repeat to connect the other end of the 4-inch length of chain to the same spot on the other length of chain.

Attach the second coral bell to the center odd numbered link of the 4-inch chain. Close the loop securely.

At the same chain link that the 4-inch length of chain is attached to, add one simple loop of the cocoon assembly. Close securely on this side. Repeat attaching the other side of the cocoon to the other side of the chain.

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