Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Valentine's Day Vintage Style Red Jasper and Gunmetal Hearts Necklace


Only 40 days until Valentine's Day!



Rings & Things sent a blog partner package a while back, and I was immediately inspired by the heart-shaped gunmetal filigrees. So was Lisa at A Bead a Day, while over at JustATish, Tish focused on the lampwork hearts. The package also included another pair of filigrees and some beautiful black and red glass beads and a couple of Tierra Cast's charms. I'll give more details about those when I get to work with them.

I was so excited about the heart-shaped filigree because, quite some time ago, I bought a strand of 8 mm red jasper beads and a set of red jasper hearts intending to make a Valentine's necklace. For who knows what reason, now lost in the mists of time, I never got around to it. Once I saw the heart shaped filigrees, I knew exactly what I wanted to make and dug them out again.




The filigrees come with three loops at the top, two of which I had to snip and sand. I strung the red jasper beads with hematite Swarovski bicones and 3mm gunmetal beads for the outside strand. The center jasper heart is strung on a black Soft Flex beading wire with two more 3mm gunmetal beads.

I crimped the little strand to the bottom loops of the filigrees and then covered the crimp with a gunmetal crimp cover. I put gunmetal eyepins through the rest of the hearts, connected them with chain to each other and the filigrees. I added another short length of chain just above the final small hearts, as you can see, but I may fiddle with that a bit.

More later in the week on the other cool goodies from Rings & Things, so please come back!



FTC compliance notice of material connection: The gunmetal filigrees, as noted above, 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.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Kristine said...

Oh that's pretty! Really puts me in the mood for Valentine's Day and making some new wearables.

January 5, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Michelle Mach said...

Love those gunmetal filigrees!

January 5, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Dave Robertson said...

The gunmetal filigrees really do match up nicely with those beads :)

--Dave
at Rings & Things

January 5, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you Kristine, Michelle and Dave! I was so happy to finally get to use the jasper hearts. I really think they're perfect with gunmetal.

January 5, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger JustATish said...

this is a great look. I love it. I love the layering and how the differences compliment each other. very nice!

January 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

thanks Tish!

January 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Janeen said...

Love the gunmetal filigrees and what you did with them. It's v-day without being over the top.

January 6, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Janeen. I think the muted red in the design works really well, too, more subtle.

January 6, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Pretty Things said...

That turned out REALLY pretty!!! I like gunmetal quite a lot, and it goes perfectly with red -- very dramatic.

January 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Lori. I'm starting to see a lot more gunmetal available in all kinds of things now, too, not just chain and basic findings.

January 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

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