Hey Howdy Hey, Boys and Girls!
It's time for your second of THREE FREE projects from my new book New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry. This is a book about dimensional, architectural designs featuring both beading and shaping wire. I really think it provides a fresh take on looking at ways to play with wire.
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I began with the idea of hammered wired flat half circles creating a scale like effect as they cascaded from the neck. My initial vision was all metal, but as I began to problem solve I realized that a beading wire base with pretty blue beads would create a fabulous foundation for the links. Then I started thinking on a larger scale and added beaded accents to mimic the half circle motif. Finally I added swingy beads at the bottom of each half circle to give the design some movement and interest. Then I tried this on and gasped. Wow. I felt like a mer-queen!
18 gauge gun metal Artistic Wire
129 7x8mm aquatic blue AB Czech glass pillow rectangles
Gun metal spring ring clasp
2 8mm gun metal jump rings
16 size 2 gun metal crimp beads
.018 49 strand Beadalon Wire
Steel bench block
Bench block pad
2 pairs chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
- Create the wire elements first. Each of the half circles starts with a 5.5” segment of Artistic Wire. You can wrap this around a dowel or free wrap it into the half circle shape. The opening should be 2” wide on each. You need to create 13 total.
- Use your round nose pliers to form loops at the top of each half circle that face towards the back of the circle as in photo.
- Flat hammer the curved portion of your half circle.
- Use the round end of the chasing hammer to add texture to the front of each half circle.
- Attach an 18” segment of beading wire to a jump ring using a crimp bead. Thread on a bead, one end of a half circle, six more beads and the other end.
- Add your one end of another half circle, six more beads and the other end.
- Repeat this process seven times. Add a final bead and attach the wire to a second jump ring using a crimp bead, leaving some play between the beads by rounding the design before you crimp.
- Attach a 4” segment of wire after the first bead in your first beaded segment on the necklace using a crimp tube and chain nose pliers. Slide on seven beads, attach to the space before the last bead in the first beaded segment using a crimp tube. Repeat this process, adding beaded half circles inside of every wire half circle.
- Attach the second row of six wire half circles to the bottom of every two main half circles on the top row. ‘
- Create 36 loop topped head pin dangles using 36 of the beads. Attach these to the bottom of each bottom row half circle.
- Attach the clasp to one of your jump rings at the end of the necklace.