My window faces on to my front garden where a few late autumn flowers are still blooming. They seemed almost to glow amongst the fading autumn leaves. With winter just around the corner, the flowers that are still bravely making an effort are all the more valuable … summer’s final fling you might say. These soft muted colours inspired me to make the crystal and flower necklace pictured below (see Picture 1).
The techniques used in this necklace are linking, wrapped loops and macrame.
Materials: Length of brass chain incorporating large brass rings; small bell flowers (sourced from Beads Unlimited); Glass pearls – these from a charity shop necklace but they are readily available from bead suppliers; old crystals (taken from a necklace bought at a charity shop, but smokey crystal glass would produce the same effect); brass headpins (to attach the flowers to the chain); Macrame cord; little blue beads with fairly large holes;
1. First I took the crystals off the necklace and attached them to the large brass rings which formed part of the original necklace. See picture 2 below.
2. Then I made up the bell flower dangles using headpins – a pearl first followed by the flower then making a wrapped loop. I found that the headpins would not go through the pearls so I used my wire cutters to sharpen them to a point by cutting obliquely – a useful tip this and a new discovery! Take care with this as the points of the head pins become sharp once they’ve been cut! See pictures 3 and 4 below. Picture 5 shows three bell flower dangles attached to a brass ring – I thought they looked better hung in a cluster than individually.
Then I made up the necklace by cutting a length of the brass chain, finding the centre and spacing the dangles along its length. Each dangle attached by a brass ring with the sequence: crystal on brass ring, three flower dangles on a brass ring. See pictures 6 and 9 below.
4. I decided to finish off the necklace with a length of macrame. There are lots of tutorials on U Tube which can teach you this (if you don’t know already!) I like macrame as it feels soft around your neck and I didn’t want to make the necklace too heavy. See pictures 7 and 8 below. I used soft green macrame cord and some soft blue rocaille beads with largish holes from my stash. The necklace is finished off with a lobster clasp in brass.
I hope the pictures have come out all right – this necklace was difficult to photograph as the colours are muted – chosen deliberately as autumn is a season full of dreamy colours.
I no longer have the necklace as it sold at a recent craft fair I did. I was pleased that someone liked it and I hope it gives them pleasure. I think I have enough materials to make another … perhaps I won’t let that one go but wear it myself.
In my next blog I’ll talk about the ‘ups and downs’ of having a stall at a craft fair …. until then happy beading!