I made these with stones from the Rings and Things bead show. I took this picture with my phone, and am currently using the blogger app to post. I'm playing with the image setting.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
I had to dig through my picture folders to find the images, but here is the necklace. I've got a shot of the full design along with an up close detail shot of the pendant.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The chain you use is important. It needs to be lighter weight to stay in back. It also needs to be strong. Soldered links work wonders for this task. When I used to buy necklace extenders locally they didn't have soldered links and some have come apart. Now I have three spools of chain I use for finishing. They are curb chain with soldered links, and the gauge isn't to heavy. The links also have a large enough opening to allow the clasp to clip a link. This is the antiqued copper plated one I use. I have all three spools in with my tool kit so they are ready to go when finishing a necklace.
I also like to add a bead to the end of the chain. That way if the clasp misses a link and goes around the chain it still holds onto the necklace. I put the bead on a headpin, then I attach it to the end of the chain with a wrapped loop. The bead does have to be larger than the inside of the clasp, and I like to choose one that matches the design.
Example of how this looks on a design: The chain is attached to the necklace on one end via a split ring, and has a the bead on the other end. The split ring is large enough so the clasp can be attached there if wanted. I also prefer split rings over jump rings because I've have stringing material slip out of jump rings before.
Closeup of the clasp and extender:
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I know that it has been awhile since I've posted much here. I was focusing on my writing blog for April's A to Z challenge, then after that I've been a bit quiet on the blog front.
Anyways I wanted to share what I'm working on currently. I picked out some new beads for my anniversary Tuesday and I decided to work with them tonight.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Yes, I couldn't help it. I've had this song stuck in my head since I decided to buy the Walking on Sunshine crystal jam. And here's more of what I've made with it. They were more of a 'garnish' if you will on the leaf necklace, for these pieces the crystals are a more integral part of the designs. The earrings came first then I made a necklace to match.