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Colorful Love Necklace

By: Mollie Valente for Rings & Things

This beautiful beaded necklace from Rings & Things features glass beads in various colors and heart-shape blown glass beads. This necklace would make a stylish Valentine's Day present for someone special.


Colorful Love Necklace


Materials:

  • #28-866-03 Bright color-themed glass handmade David Christensen beads
  • #28-866-F Heart-shape blown glass beads handmade by David Christensen
  • #47-301-SP* 16-gauge round wire, nickel silver
  • #40-099-12-9 3.3mm flattened long-and-short chain, gunmetal
  • #26-822* 3x4mm faceted rectangle beads, copper plate
  • #37-133-9 4.5mm round jump rings, gunmetal
  • #37-136-9 5mm round jump rings, gunmetal
  • #44-454-1* 12x8mm heart lock charm, white
  • #44-676-9 5x27mm bar connector charms with 2 loops, gunmetal
  • #37-415-9 1.5" thin head pins, gunmetal

*Patina items with Liver of Sulfur #86-354 or WinOX #86-343.

Tools:

  • Flat-nose plier
  • chain-nose pliers
  • round-nose pliers
  • side cutters
  • chasing hammer
  • steel block
  • 2-hole metal punch
  • patina supplies


Instructions:


I made the "beefy-sized" eye pins out of 16g nickel-silver wire (could easily be made out of sterling silver); I formed one side of the loop, hammered it, patinaed it, added the beads, formed the second loop, hammered it, and finally touched up the patina.

I bent the two-loop bars to create bails for the heart beads, and the plating does chip off a bit, but a quick touch up of patina takes care of the problem.

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