Silver Party Streamer and Crystal Cluster Necklace
The silver or Argentium ribbon is super easy and fast! And the crystal cluster is a whole lot of sparkle and headpins with looped ends and as much or as little imagination as you want to add. With the AB coating, these crystals show great in natural or artificial light.
I've used clear AB rondelles. Feel free to use colored crystals or alter the shape to suit your style. Have fun making it, and it will show in your finished product.
I used standard headpins on the largest crystals, and ball headpins on the smaller, to add interest. But, you can use all standard headpins, decorative headpins, copper paddle headpins, or any crazy combo. You could create silver paddle headpins and use your round nose pliers to twist them into spirals, somewhat mimicking the silver party streamer ribbon. This is a fun and lovely necklace, with funky and classic Crystal combined. Not just a unique design, but the very essence of jewelry: Fun and Sparkly!
The necklace is easily made in 2 parts. The cluster is simple, and the ribbon can be an extremely easy beginner level. Those familiar with wire work may prefer a more personalized, complex ribbon pattern.
While this is pretty easy to make, it isn't the instant gratification that chocolate is; however, it has more adrenaline rush than the perfect espresso, and lasts much, much longer than either. Well worth any efforts.
You'll need to know how to create a standard looped end on a headpin, how to open and close jumprings properly, and how to do a wire wrap or weave. Simple to do, and well worth learning for those new to jewelry making.
Repeat with one of the 3mm crystals, and set both aside to be used with the silver ribbon.
Note: The loop should not leave any slack, but be touching each crystal.
Next, thread a 3mm onto the 4 headpin and let it drop onto the 4 wire loops, followed by the four 10mm loops ends, and another 3mm.
Repeat with four 8mm loops, another 3mm, followed by the final 4-6mm loops.
To finish, thread the last 3mm, the single 2mm, and close it with a looped end. Add one of the twisted round jumprings through the 4-inch headpin loop and string it onto your chain.
You're done with your sparkling crystal cluster!
Note: Now, when you put them together, one loop lays inside the other.
Lay about 1/2 inch of the end of your wrapping wire, pointed down, at the base of the loop, between the 2 wires. Begin wrapping the wire loop you created. When you reach the 2 wire junction again, begin wrapping or weaving as you like.
Tip: If you want a simple, easy version, or a cleaner look, use half round wire to wrap, with the flat side against base wires, and just do one continuous, tight wrap. For those familiar with wire weaving, use round wire in any weave pattern you like.
Note: If you're new to wire work, just remember to hold the 4 wires securely in your left hand between thumb and forefinger just below the wrapping wire so they don't get twisted as you wrap. If this is still a bit much for wire work neophytes, try square wire as the base. Half round wrap over square wire base is pretty foolproof and user-friendly.
That done, just curve the ribbon around the general shape of the crystal cluster.
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