Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crystal Filigree Necklace

When I saw the Swarovski filigree over at Rings and Things I decided I wanted to try working with them. So I purchased the one in this necklace, with no idea what I would do with it. Then as I was making gifts last month I decided to hang the filigree as a pendant. It's attached with a smaller jump ring so the E beads hold it in place.

Swarovski filigree
Czech E beads - crystal color
Mocca Swarovski pearls
Czech fire polished faceted rounds
Little silver colored spacers
Soft Flex Extreme silver

I have two more filigree in my cart right now and I'm planning on trying a multi strand design. I'll probably do a bracelet first, then try making a choker. The choker I won't be able to wear for awhile as it's turtleneck weather right now. But that's alright, I'm looking at one of the floral shaped filigree for the choker so it will be a nice spring necklace.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Holiday Necklace

Last month I received a bag of beads from Rings & Things, a cute mix of holiday glass beads. It took me a little while to figure out how to use them, then it took me awhile longer to get a chance to photograph the necklace I made.

This is how the necklace turned out. Some of the beads were long enough I wanted to let them hang down instead of sitting sideways being strung. So I put them on paddle head pins I had and attached them to a length of chain.

The chain I purchased from Rings & Things awhile back and it's come in handy for multiple projects. I have a whole spool of it which should last awhile longer. The nice thing about this chain is the way the links are formed, the edges add a little bit of sparkle to designs the way they catch the light.

The beads can be found within the category here. The bag I received was mixed Christmas/winter beads instead of only one of the specific shapes. I'd recommend checking them out, the pictures over on Rings and Things site show off the beads better than my photograph here. The detail on the beads is nice and they are fun to work with.

With Valentines day next month, they do also have some cute heart shaped glass beads.

FTC compliance disclosure: The glass beads in the necklace I received for free from Rings & Things.