Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Pick - Rings & Things Heart of Gold Necklace

I wanted to do a mosaic, like I did last time, but the graphics wouldn't work with the mosaic maker tool. Instead, I made the sketch above (I've got a ways to go in my drawing re-education, so no laughing!) and I'll list the products (with links) at the end of the post.

Rings & Thing's 5-Day sale through July 12th (Sunday) has beading thread, stringing wire, chokers and all-purpose cording at 15-25% off wholesale prices. So I matched up a gold pendant cord choker with some charms and a Swarovski Heliotrope colored 18mm heart crystal pendant.

The design idea I have in my head (and tried to show in the sketch) is to take the hanging cord (the two strands that are dangling from the center front of the choker) and tie the charms to them with a simple knot that I'll re-enforce with glue and cover with a crimp cover.

Then I'd put the prong bail over that and pinch it through the Swarovski heart with the pendant cap. The two cords would dangle out either side of the prong bail that is now covering the hanging cord knot on the choker.

Seems like a simple and fairly fast way to make a very nice, adjustable length necklace. Not too expensive, either - I estimate total cost of materials for one necklace at under $10. To purchase the materials costs more - for example the chokers and charms are not sold separately but in lots of 10 and the crimp covers are sold in a package of 20. I put all the items in a cart and it came to just under $44 less the 15% discount (on the chokers, but that's only good 'til Sunday the 12th) that comes up if you complete the order process, plus the shipping and small order fee if your order is less than $50.

For other tips on how to use pendant cords and tie things on them with knots, see the Rings & Things Tip Sheet.

Product list:

Double Cord with Contrast in Antique Gold
Swarovski Heliotrope 18mm Heart Pendant
Prong bail
Pendant Cap
Beadalon Assorted Crimp Covers

Update! July 15th: the product order came in today and I made the necklace:

I really like this, even if I say so myself! (click picture to enlarge)

I got my Rings & Things goodies for July in the mail today - I'll write about them tomorrow, so do come back!

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Blogger Dave Robertson said...


(1) At first I didn't realize that was a drawing. Mosaic maker be d**ned!

(2) Adding a price estimate in a project description is reassuringly informative. Gives me even more of a handle on what's necessary to make the project. Great touch, Dawno :)


July 10, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks, Dave! One of my main goals with this blog is to be informative and helpful to all kinds and levels of beaded jewelry makers!

July 10, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Are you kidding? I had no idea that was a drawing!!! I was looking and looking and then I finally started to read. You have MANY talents my friend! :)

So glad you're back, you were missed!

July 10, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

aww, thanks Lisa - believe me, a larger picture and you'd have no doubts it's a rather amateur effort. But I'm going to do more sketching and get better at it, I hope. Hurray for colored pencils - really bad mistakes can be erased...

July 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

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