Nov 292014
 

Twisted Chain Bracelet

This was the first twisted chain piece I made. I gave it to my daughter along with the Twisted Chain Necklace for Christmas 2013.

Like the Twisted Chain Necklace, this bracelet was made from 8mm jump rings in a twisting pattern. It’s a little easier to see here than in the necklace picture.

I really enjoy making the twisted chain pieces and hope to make myself some in the year to come.

Nov 262014
 

The first project where I combined jewelry making and crochet. I made these for my daughter for Christmas 2013 to match the Twisted Chain Necklace.

These are very fast and easy to make. Just single crochet twice, then add a 8mm jump ring, single crochet around the jump ring and repeat. I finished it with a bead tip to hide the thread. You can choose to single crochet as many times between jump rings as you like to get the look you want.

Crochet Jump Ring Earring

Nov 252014
 

Twisted Chain Necklace

I made this necklace for my daughter for Christmas 2013. Made from aluminum jump rings with a lobster claw clasp in a twisting pattern.

I was upset when my jump ring order came in because the red jump rings were actually hot pink. I made it anyway and hoped she would still like it.

It was difficult to get the twist to show up right in the picture, so I hope the pattern comes through. The jump rings tried to stack on top of each other instead of keeping their twisted shape when I put it down.

One of the days, I need to invest in a necklace display for taking pictures if I’m going to keep doing this.

Mar 242014
 

For Christmas of 2013, I decided to make my grandmother a necklace that she might have an easier time putting on. I’d seen several designs with the clasp at the front and thought that might be easier for her.

It took some time to come up with the rest of the design. I tried several things, but nothing seemed to grab me like right-angle weave with Swarovski crystal pearls. I’d tried other crystal pearls, but they were painted and the paint started chipping before I even started beading.

The more crystals I added, the heavier the piece became. It was heavier than I’d expected and I started to worry that it would be too much for her. I stepped down to smaller and smaller pearls to cut the weight and make the piece less bulky on her neck. I hoped that would make up for the weight.

Making Grandma's Necklace

I forgot to take pictures as I was beading. I wanted to show some of the steps, but I did get a picture after I started embellishing. The picture was taken with my cell, so it’s harder to see the detail, but it’s a basic idea. You can see in the smaller pearls what it looked like before the embellishments.

Right-angle weave is my favorite stitch to embellish. It just adds a depth that the piece lacks and brings everything in tighter.

Grandma's NecklaceHere’s a close-up of the finished front of the necklace. Seed beads and 4mm crystal pearls adorn the front. I thought it turned out pretty well even though the seed beads weren’t the color I thought they were. I was looking for a little more contrast in the cream pearl colors. I didn’t want them to disappear into the other beads or the 4mm cream colored crystal pearls to disappear into them.

Grandma's NecklaceA close-up of the finished back. Most of the time I would only embellish the front, but I wanted it to be less noticeable if the necklace happened to flip over on one side while she was wearing it. I didn’t want to add more 4mm crystal pearls because I wanted it to lay flat, so I used two colors of seed beads on the backside. It also added some extra strength to the necklace.

Grandma's NecklaceThe toggle clasp didn’t look quite right just hanging there in front, so I added some dangles with jump rings. I figured if I didn’t like the look, I could always remove them later. While I wasn’t completely happy with the look, I thought the dangles added a needed distraction from the clasp.

The most important part, once Grandma saw how the clasp worked she was able to put it on by herself. She really seemed to like it and I was happy with the resulting smile on her face.

These are the only pictures I took. I will try to remember to take more pictures at different stages the next time I take on a project this detailed.

Jan 132014
 

I wanted to make something a little different for my mother for Christmas and ran across a pattern for a chain bracelet I thought was pretty interesting. Since I used different size jump rings, I had to modify the pattern and here’s the result:

Chain Reaction

It’s difficult to see in the picture, but there are four different colors of aluminum jump rings. It’s actually not easy to see in person. I guess the colors were too similar. Here’s a close-up, so you can see the pattern and colors a little easier:

Chain Reaction Closeup

The jump ring colors were actually black, gunmetal grey, silver, and bronze.

I wasn’t completely satisfied with the finished product, but it was different and interesting.

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