Cool Blue and Clear Crystal, Smoky Quartz & Pearl Necklace & Matching Silver Earrings as Fun Spring Blings
When I initially took pictures while I was creating this set for my second non-profit organization's auction this year, I imagined only creating a photo gallery of the final products. However, I thought that if readers are going to take the time to look at these photos, they are generally like myself, trying to pick up a technique or solve a problem. In hindsight, I could have taken more pictures. So unlike a true how-to article, I cannot give you an exact count of all of the materials or the exact length.
I like to combine a number of materials. I was inspired by these large blue faceted crystal beads that I recently purchased at a trade show. One of my favorite part about making unique pieces is the spontaneous idea of putting together different materials, patterns, and colors. I saw a necklace on one of my acquaintances during my work day, and I took a close look at her necklace. It had different patterns and materials strung together. So, this season, I decided to create pieces like it.
If you look closely, you can see one pattern with the large blue crystals connected to two identical pattern comprised of sterling silver loops, blue Swarovski faceted rounded crystals, and smoky faceted quartz. Then, there is a fourth pattern that is lighter because I intended for it to stay around the neck and for gravity to keep the heavy crystals visible.
Pictures 7, 8 and 9 show how I attached the patterns together. I used Accuflex beading wires to strings the different beads and attached them to to the Swarovski and sterling silver looped chains with a crimping bead, which covered the multiple wiring knots. A crimping tool is essential if you want to have a professional looking jewelry piece. The tool allows you to flatten the crimping bead and fold it neatly and compactly. In Picture 9, I show the end stick out, which I hid inside the seed beads.
I have rarely purchased pins anymore because I cannot determine what lengths I should keep at hand. Conversely, I bought a large quantity of sterling silver wire. Here, I inserted a pearl, made a loop at the end with a round-nose plier, then created another loop, and then cut the wire off. Then, I strung my next bead, a clear crystal, before inserting my wire into the loop and making the next wrapped loop. (Pictures 11 and 12) The second bead could just be moved into place. (Picture 13) I closed that end loop and repeated with the final bead, a blue faceted crystal. After creating the closing loop, I opened the ends of the sterling silver circular ear hooks, attached the finished dangle to complete the earrings, and closed the ear hooks.
Although you may not have the same materials, I hope that you are inspired to create a necklace and earring set of your own.
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