The third project I have been working on is a themed piece. Artbeads.com gave the assignment, and let me tell you...it was a challenge!!! The theme is "What's Old is New Again." In other words, take something vintage (or vintage inspired) and recreate it into a new, modern piece. Have you ever seen me work in vintage, steampunk or anything like that? No. Why? It's not my thing and I haven't a clue how to go about it. Now I had to do something I just wasn't comfortable with. Talk about stretching the creative muscles! I think I have a sprain.
Let me start by showing you the things I got. I started with 6 different antique brass chains in 1 foot pieces.
I got two filigree links, also in antique brass. They are so pretty! I also got antique brass jump rings, and I had no idea they were such a thick gauge and so strong. I was a little panicked at first because my idea was to put crystals on the jump rings and attach them to the chains. But these jump rings were so thick there was no way on God's green earth that those crystals would fit on that wire. I ordered 2mm Swarovski crystals in Dark Indigo. Holy crow are they TINY!!! I also got 5mm bicones in Mocca and 5mm round Swarovski pearls in Night Blue. (Soooo pretty!!! I couldn't capture the colors very well in the photos. Sorry.)
What a good buy!!! I am now a pro at making jump rings, and I will never buy another jump ring ever. Since the jump rings I got were too big for what I had originally intended, and I didn't want to not use them I decided to make a 7th chain from them.
For the pearls I made a simple head pin by making a bend in the bottom of the wire and pinching it completely up to make a little stop. For the bicones I made a head pin with a spiral bottom and they both just had simple loops at the top. For the tiny crystals I just made little jumprings and put them on.
Links In Time
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With this project I have become a master jump ring maker, and I had more than my share of opening and closing the rings! I've also become pretty proficient at simple loops and making those little spirals. All in all, I'm pretty happy with what I came up with considering this is not my usual style. The necklace is 17 3/4" and drops down from the top chain to the bottom the pearl dangles about 6".
Artbeads.com rocks. I must have said it a gazillion times. If you haven't yet visited them, you really need to because they have the supplies to make almost anything you want.
I hope everyone is having a nice Easter weekend!
FTC disclaimer: Artbeads.com provided me with supplies at no charge. I am not being compensated in any way for my true and honest opinions of their products.