Crystal Confetti Necklace Friday, March 1 $145 Diane Cook 9:00 - 4:00
Student Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Project
I constantly find inspiration when using vintage jewelry, most often vintage rhinestone ear bobs, brooches and bracelets, or more surprisingly, hair combs! Perhaps you have a piece or two of these yourself tucked away in a drawer, that once belonged to your mother or grandmother. Bring them to class, as these precious pieces might be ones you can now use in a necklace I call Crystal Confetti.
You’ll be able to design a focal using a vintage ear bob, brooch, shoe clip or even a great piece of brass filigree. I’ll share my technique for attaching a faceted crystal chandelier drop to your focal, then attach it to a rope chain I’ve found that works perfectly for this style of necklace.
The next step is one I think you’ll really enjoy, as you begin adding what I call confetti to the chain. I will show you how to add loads of sparkly goodness, to your necklace! How about Swarovski crystals, Czech fire polished glass beads, faceted semi-precious gemstones, a sprinkle of special lamp work beads, or vintage baroque pearls reminiscent of those used by Miriam Haskell. And, perhaps if you are like me, you will want to add oxidized crystal rondells and brass or sterling silver findings into the mix.
I will share my style of wire wrapping, as well as a favorite cold join attachment technique, and my go to patina options. I’ll have my micro-torch handy, so if you like, you will be able to make ball head pins that also can be used in your necklace, and in designing a beautiful clasp, if you so desire.
Kit Fee of $15 payable to Instructor at class time includes:
Vintage Chandelier Crystal (there will be several types to choose from or bring one of your favorites)
Rope Chain, 20”
Sanding Pads, 320 grit
Supplies Provided by Instructor:
Mini Nuts & Screws & Eyelets
Butane Micro Torch
Butane Fuel Refill
Magnesium Soldering Block
Dremel Tool & Attachments & Wood Block
Fat Daddy or Heavy Duty Cutter (if needed to cut off pin back of a vintage bauble)
Patina Supplies & Clean-up
Cotton Swabs & Paper Towels
Flat Back Crystals & Glue
Student Supply List:
Vintage Rhinestone Ear Clip, Brooch, Dress or Shoe Clip (a piece that has “openings” for attaching is preferable)
Sterling Silver or Bronze Wire, 18-20 and 22 gauge (amount of 22 gauge will depend on the amount of wire wrapping you intend to do/about 1’ of 18-20 gauge for the clasp)
Brass and/or Sterling Silver Eye Pins, Head Pins, Jump Rings
Precision Screwdriver Set, 6 pc. (GreatNeck 6 pc. Precision Screwdriver Set on Amazon.com)
Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.8mm (www.beaducation.com)
Small Round-nose Pliers
Nylon or Rawhide Mallet
Steel Bench Block & Bench Pad
Wire Cutters (inexpensive kind to remove pin backs)
Metal Jewelry File
Ruler or Tape Measure
Optional suggested supplies:
Swarovski crystal beads and/or drops, Czech glass beads, faceted semi-precious gemstones, 4-6mm crystal rondells, freshwater or baroque pearls (remember to bring thinner wire if you intend to use pearls), lamp work beads, vintage or other charms, brass and/or sterling silver findings, buttons, crystal rondells, any orphan jewelry pieces (preferably with holes), drilled sea glass…your choice completely!
Optional (if using a piece of brass filigree):
Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.8mm
Center Punch, 5/32” or ¼” (not automatic kind)