I have been feeling a pull in my jewerly designs towards using more vintage-like components in my jewelry lately, and I've really been inspired by all the talented mixed media jewelry designers out there. I have been reading books like Semiprecious Salvage, A Charming Exchange, Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists and Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine. I have especially been enamored with Deryn Mentock's jewerly design style. The necklace that I created was inspired by her work, specifically her Joojoo Charm Keeper necklace. I like the idea of a "charm necklace", and this design seemed appropriate for the coins, button, etc.
So, in exchange for the supplies, I agreed to make something with the items and post a tutorial on my blog. Simple, right? Well, anyone who knows me personally knows that I often choose to make things much more complicated than they need to be. The design I decided to use these items in is a case in point! I could (should?) have just made a simple jewelry piece, but I had a more specific design in mind when I received the supplies, and I had to follow my heart. The techniques are relatively simple, but the time I put into making the necklace was pretty significant. I had an idea of what I wanted the necklace to look like ahead of time, but I mainly designed it as I went. This happened to work well, but sometimes it can end up being a disaster! I think the more jewelry you make, the easier it gets though. Now, without further ado, here is my LONG tutorial! I hope you enjoy :)
To start with, I used a metal shaped component that I made out of 18 gauge oxidized sterling silver awhile ago. I simply used round nose pliers to make the swirls on each end, then hammered the middle to flatten it a bit.
Next I added the supplied smaller brass jumprings to each swirly end of the main piece
Next I decided to jazz up one of the coins a little by gluing a Swarovski flatback rhinestone to it using E6000 glue.
I also decided to add a second hole to the other coin so I could use it in the chain part of the necklace. I used a nifty two-hole punch that I purchased from Monsterslayer.com.
Voila! An easy way to punch holes in metal
I tend to prefer the look of oxidized sterling silver, so that's the type of wire I chose to use. I also prefer to oxidize my spool of sterling wire before I make jewerly, but you could also wait until the design is made and then oxidize the whole piece. I used 22 gauge wire. I started by forming a loop a little more than an inch down from the end of the wire.
I put the main metal piece through the loop in the wire, then wrapped the loose end of the wire around the wire under the loop several times. This is a basic wire wrapped loop, and the rest of the necklace uses mainly this technique.
I added one of the beads I was provided between two turquoise Czech beads, then made another loop at the end of the wire with my round nose pliers.
I finished the wire wrap the same as above - by wrapping the loose end of the wire several times around the bottom of the loop.
I connected another wire wrapped loop to the first section, then added an elongated turquoise bead, then added the rhinestone embellished coin as a dangle using the technique shown above.
Here is the first complete dangle hanging from the main ring! Now that I've showed you the basic technique, I will move along a bit quicker because it is just the same technique over and over.
I added the second dangle made up the supplied long turquoise bead sandwiched between 2 Swarovski crystals and one of my etched copper discs on the end.
I added one of my etched copper washers...
...and then wrapped some wire around one side of the ring, strung a turquoise Czech bead on, and then wrapped the wire around the other side of the ring (making sure to trim off excess wire at the end)
Next, I took a labradorite briolette and looped a piece of wire through it, wrapping the extra wire around the top of the briolette
I took the other end of the wire and wire wrapped it around the bottom of the copper ring, wrapping the excess wire around the briolette again
I wire wrapped another dangle on consisting of two faceted labradorite rondelles, a copper spacer bead and added the supplied green stone at the end (sorry so blurry!)
Here is what it looks like so far:
Next, I added the last dangle consisting of two amazonite beads and an old button dangle
Now the main pendant part of the necklace is done!
I already had an S-shaped clasp that I had formed out of 20 gauge copper wire awhile back, so I decided it would go well with this necklace
I chose some rather large circle and oval fancy copper chain (from Micheals), and attached the S clasp to it
I attached one end on the supplied coin to the other end of the chain using a jumpring
I decided the worn button that was supplied might look good as a dangle over the coin. I'll show the technique for this in more detail, since it is a little different and for a review. First, string the button on a length of wire
Wrap the shorter end of the wire around the longer piece just above the button
Then loop the shorter end around the wire above the button several times. Bend the long end of the wire at a 90 degree angle
Create a loop with round nose pliers
Hook the loop with the button onto the jumpring
And, finally, wrap the excess wire around the wire at the top of the button
Next, I wire wrapped a faceted round crystal bead to the bottom of the coin
I added a second faceted crystal bead, then wire wrapped it to the jumpring that attaches to the pendant
On the other jumpring, I attached a loop that I made with a piece of wire
I wrapped the shorter end of the wire below the loop, then strung the wire through a vintage turquoise button
I wrapped the excess wire around the base of the loop again
I took another one of my etched copper washers and wire wrapped a piece of wire to it
I attached the end of the wire to the other hole in the button in the same way as shown above. This will be the ring that the clasp hooks into.
Guess what?! We're finally done!!
Well, almost. Next, I took some fine steel wool and sanded all the oxidized sterling wire so that only the recessed areas remain darkened. Lastly we just need to take some quality photos of our beautiful creation!
I like to show how my necklaces look on my lovely mannequin so you have a better idea of the length and how it hangs
I did not use 2 of the rings provided because I could not seem to work them into the design, but I am sure they will be just what I'm looking for in a future desgn! Thank you, Angie of Supply Pusher, for generously offering up your supplies! Hopefully, even if you already know how to wire wrap, you will find this tutorial inspirational. Make sure to check out Supply Pusher's shop, as she has tons of antique brass charms and findings, chain, beads and all sorts of cool stuff!
Next, I have this lovely ceramic pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio to create a tutorial about:
Don't worry though, it will be a much simpler design :)