Cool Blue and Clear Crystal, Smoky Quartz & Pearl Necklace & Matching Silver Earrings as Fun Spring Blings

Necklace and Sterling Silver Earrings (Picture 1)
Necklace and Sterling Silver Earrings (Picture 1) | Source
Picture 2
Picture 2 | Source
Close Up View of Crystals, Seed Beads, Smokey Crystals and Genuine Pearls (Picture 3)
Close Up View of Crystals, Seed Beads, Smokey Crystals and Genuine Pearls (Picture 3) | Source
Stringing (Picture 4)
Stringing (Picture 4) | Source
A Second Pattern (Picture 5)
A Second Pattern (Picture 5) | Source
Close Up (Picture 6)
Close Up (Picture 6) | Source
Attaching Two Patterns (Picture 7)
Attaching Two Patterns (Picture 7) | Source
Crimping Tool (Picture 8)
Crimping Tool (Picture 8) | Source
Crimped (Picture 9)
Crimped (Picture 9) | Source
Matching Sterling Silver Earrings (Picture 10)
Matching Sterling Silver Earrings (Picture 10) | Source
Creating Closed Loop For Second Attachment (Picture 11)
Creating Closed Loop For Second Attachment (Picture 11) | Source
Second Attachment In Place (Picture 12)
Second Attachment In Place (Picture 12) | Source
Vertical View (Picture 13)
Vertical View (Picture 13) | Source
Creating Closed Look for Third Attachment (Picture 14)
Creating Closed Look for Third Attachment (Picture 14) | Source

Preface

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.

Introduction

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.

The Pattern

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.

The Connections

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.

Earrings

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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teaches12345 4 years ago

You make it seem all so simple enought that I am willing to give this a try. I just love your jewelry's earth tone colors. I hope you don't mind if I replicate the design (providing I can do this craft, hehehe). Voted up!


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Teaches12345, I don't mind if you replicate it because you will do something differenly, and it is not easy to find the same material. I hope you can show me your finished product. I am glad you are inspired to pick up this hobby.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love the earthy colors you use for your jewelry making! I would love to participate in this art form...will keep it in mind. Thanks!


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks Rebeccamealey. Once you learn the basic techniques, there are endless possibilities.

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