Friday, April 10, 2009

Gorgeous "Red Magma" Swarovski Crystal Disk Pendants from Artbeads

As one of the Artbeads' Blogging for Beads participants (you can find us in the blogroll on the Artbeads Blog, and I feel so fortunate to be part of this great group of crafters). I was given a choice of many wonderful pendants and other Artbeads items to blog about this month. As I mentioned a few days ago, many of the other bloggers selected beautiful painted canvas on wood pendants. Lisa at A Bead A Day chose the cool large Swarovski Crystal Button rivolis. Kelley at Kellscreations picked a beautiful copper and enamel Faith pendant.

Me, I chose the 25mm disk pendant in a new color "Red Magma". There is a 38mm size also available at Artbeads.

Red Magma is well named, it has a molten, fiery color - and the cut used on these really flickers and glows like flames on a hot coal. You can read about the new color and the new shape at the Crystallized Swarovski Elements website. I immediately pictured it with gunmetal chain - and had a nice stash ready to work with.

While I would like to work with Swarovski all the time, the price point is a bit high for my convertible badge/eyeglass/necklace lanyards except as an occasional piece, but I don't have as much of a pricing concern with single purpose jewelry, and may start using more Crystallized Swarovski beads as I deplete other (usually Czech glass) stock in certain shapes and colors. The extra flash and sparkle of these beads is distinctive and notable - especially so in a large focal like this disk pendant.

For my project with the disks Artbeads sent me, I made a customized length of gunmetal chain by disassembling a chain made of open diamond shaped links:

and then hooked them back together with some gunmetal figure 8 closed links (that were actually part of a hook and eye closure set). Tool marks on the chain are very bright and obvious, so I used my fingers and nylon tipped pliers for the links.

plus a couple feet of a small, simple, gunmetal link chain, I wanted to use.

I looped the small chain through two of the disks and attached them to the open diamond shaped links for the sides of the necklace both from the top and bottom.

I then used a smaller length, hung a third disk through it and a link, then connected the link through the center figure 8 to make a pendant.

I 'floated' the last disk on a length of the smaller chain, suspended it in the middle of the necklace.

I finished it off with a hook and eye clasp. The length of the longest part of the chain is 20". The distance down from back clasp to the end of the pendant is 12". Here's the finished necklace:

You can click on any picture to see more detail.

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Blogger Lisa said...

WOWEE! You've been busy, that is eye popping!! Great ideas!! You are so right about the extra bling you get from swarovski, there's just nothing like it.

April 10, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Lisa - I really had fun figuring that one out. I'd seen some crystal or glass disks hung on chains in a similar fashion in some catalog or other and wanted to do my own take on it. I think it turned out pretty good.

April 10, 2009 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger JustATish said...

great how to!

April 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks, Tish - it was one of those things that just came together. I'm pretty happy with it.

April 15, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Your blog is very helpful!
Both my parents grew up where you live, Jim Rogers and Cathy Terry.:o)
I tried Art Fire but don't really know how to get started? Maybe some ideas?
Thanks Amanda

November 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM  

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