Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mid-Week Mutterings - Another Valentine's Day Idea

Only 39 days 'til Valentine's Day!

Among the items in my Rings & Things blog partner goodies for this month were some lampwork glass heart beads. Tonight I chose the light pink with a white cross-hatching design for a simple, romantic necklace. This would be inexpensive and easy for anyone to make.


One 16" strand of white 4mm glass "pearls"
16 small, light pink heart shaped glass beads
3 larger, light pink heart shaped glass beads
1 lampwork heart bead (I used the criss cross heart)
1 - 2" or longer headpin (I wanted to be sure I had plenty of wire for a large loop to fit around the toggle width)
2 - 1" or longer headpins for the pink glass hearts
1" of silver colored chain
Beading wire - I used Soft Touch Premium Trios - medium - from SoftFlex
Finishing findings (I used Scrimps, wire guardians, toggle - you could have it close in the back and use a jumpring/lobster claw combo or box clasp)

The picture above is possibly the 'first draft'. As I examined it in the photo, I started to think that I may want the larger hearts lower on the neckline - maybe even right at the ends near the toggle. I'll also probably swap the positions of the focal hearts, hanging the dark pink glass one from the circle and the lampwork one from the strand/circle connection loop.

Also, while I haven't officially made any New Year's resolutions, I'm trying to use up the things I already have in my stash before getting anything new. If that weren't the case, I would really liked to have used a simple heart shaped toggle, instead of the circle one shown. I'll re-work it soon and show you the final version.

FTC compliance notice of material connection: The lampwork heart bead, as noted above, and the Soft Flex Soft Touch wire, were provided to me for free, to be used for design purposes, or for a statement of my honest opinion of them, by Rings & Things and Soft Flex Company, respectively.

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Blogger Dave Robertson said...

- I like the beads you paired up with the lampwork, Dawno - Hey, are you doing a Valentine's project a day now? Getting lots of ideas from you here :)

at Rings & Things

January 6, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Janeen said...

That is so sweet! I really like it. :)

January 6, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Hi, Dave - hadn't really thought about it (Valentine's project a day) but it just might turn out that way. So, along those lines, thanks for the inspirational blog partner goodies to kick it off. And I haven't forgotten the guest blogger invitation, just need to find the time and topic.

And, Janeen, thank you!

January 6, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

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