Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the 7th Day of Christmas: Cardinal Pendant

I like holiday inspired projects that can be worn long after the season.  This necklace hints of the red and green of Christmas, but it's subtle enough to be seen as natural elements and worn all year round.

Cardinal - Humblebeads
Ceramic bead cap - Elaine Ray
Skeleton key
Crystal rhinestone bead
Czech leaf bead
Botswana agate 8mm faceted coin
red 6mm crystal bicone
brass leaf charm
1 brass 8mm jumpring
2 brass 15mm jumprings
1 brass 5mm jumpring
3 brass headpins
2 brass eyepin
Swirl clasp

Resources: Key, rhinestone bead and Elaine Ray beads: Ornamentea. Brass: Vintaj from Bello Modo. Chain: Hobby Lobby.

1. Create dangles from the glass leaf, rhinestone ball and agate bead: string onto a headpin, trim wire and create a loop.
2. On an eyepin string the red crystal.  Add the leaf to the bottom of the dangle.
3. Attach the key to the large jumpring using the small jump ring. Attach all of the dangles to the large jumpring.
4. String the bead cap and bird onto the headpin, trim wire and create a loop.  Attach the large jumprings to the bird. 
5. Attach one end of the chain to the large jumpring.  Attach the jumpring from the clasp to the top jumpring.  Attach the swirl clasp to the chain using a 5mm jumpring.  (Use the length of chain that you'd like, this one is 28" for a longer design.)

Excuse our double post today, we are just too excited about the holidays!


Chrissy said...

This is so unique!. I definitely agree, this can be worn any time ...

tamdoll said...

More keys! I blogged about them this week and now I'm seeing them everywhere!!

Fantastic & I love this with the bird.

rosebud101 said...

That is a great project idea! thanks for the directions!

Alice said...

So sweet! I love the bird perched at the top, and that it can be worn long after the holidays are over!

Heather Powers said...

Thank you for the kind words. I'm loving the little keys too tamdoll!