Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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New Necklace Designs

In my previous post, I shared my latest stash of Valentine themed beads & components from Artbeads. And finally...after taking and editing about a few dozen photos, here are the two necklaces I made! :)

I call this one "From The Heart." 
First off, I am in love with the Copper Heart pendant! It's embellished with a lovely spiral design, and the patina finish is so amazing! The process that this handcrafted pendant goes through ensures that it will last a very long time and never change colors or tarnish.
Now, on to the making of the necklace. I use a lot of antique copper cause I love the old charm look. Since this was my first attempt at making a copper piece with no antique in it, except for the gorgeous pendant of course, I decided to make it look a little antiqueish. I know that's not a word, but I'm sure you get my meaning. lol  Wanting the necklace to have a feminine side, as well as an antique look,  is where the Pearls come into play. I didn't want everything to be even either, so I broke up the Pearl accents and made 4 links on one side and linked a larger Copper Shell Pearl on the other side and accented it with two Antique Copper bead caps. I used small Copper beads for accents too.

Here's a view of the complete necklace. The chain is so pretty! Even more prettier in person! It's Copper Plated Small Oval Link chain, and it has a gorgeous shine to it. The necklace finishes with a copper lobster claw clasp, which I purchased from Artbeads. I like to add small dangles or charms to the closings of all my pieces. It's like putting my signature on the completion of each piece. And for this necklace, I made a tiny dangle by stringing a caramel rose pearlized glass heart on an antique copper ball headpin and topping it off with a small copper bead. It hangs from a 1" extender chain I added using the same chain.

My 2nd necklace is called, "Reach For The Stars."
I usually add more to a necklace, but after I attached the very pretty heart pendant to the chain, I didn't feel it needed much more, other than a few accents. So, I added a very cute Hill Tribe star charm (which is flower stamped too) and a red Czech Glass rondelle with a Sterling Silver bead cap. The pendant is so beautiful! It's a Stoneware Heart Pendant with Yellow Stars handmade with stoneware clay. The red is a very rich color, and the golden yellow stars really pop! I've got more Stoneware Pendants on my "to buy" list! They're on sale right now too!
The Antique Silver chain is so lovely! It's called Antique Silver Plated 1 + 1 Infinity Link Chain, and you can get it at Artbeads. I finished this necklace with a heart-shaped silver lobster claw clasp. I added an extender using Sterling Silver chain and signed it with an Antique Silver heart beaded on a Sterling Silver ball headpin.

Thanks for reading! Check back on Wednesday & Thursday to see the rest of my creations made with Valentine's Day beads & components from Artbeads!

Disclosure: I participate with Artbeads.com blogging community, therefore, I receive products free of charge in return for honest reviews. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received. Thank you.


Regina said...

Beautiful! love the copper heart, great necklace. Can't wait to see the rest of your creations.

Pricilla said...

They are both lovely!

The Jewelry Box said...

Thanks Regina and Pricilla!!