Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Silk and Filigree Necklace - Free Project

Silk and Filigree
Erin Siegel

Sometimes a simple design is the best way to show off beautiful handmade beads. Elegant knotted silk cord and turquoise beads compliment this cool-hued collection of enameled filigree beads by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire Artwear.

64 chalk turquoise 5mm rounds
2 teal enameled 14mm filigree rounds
1 purple enameled 18mm filigree round
1 turquoise enameled 12mm filigree round
1 antique copper 13mm fancy toggle
2 antique copper knot cups                                  
1 card of amethyst size 8 silk beading cord w/attached needle
2” of lavender dupioni silk ribbon

Crimping pliers
Round nose pliers
Knotting tweezers
Fabric cement glue

Finished size: 18 ½”

Tip: Pre-stretching the silk helps remove the natural stretch in the cord so that your knots won’t move in your finished piece over time.

1: Remove all the cord from the card. Stretch a small section. Repeat for the entire cord.
2: Form a double overhand knot at the end of the cord opposite the needle. Trim. Dab the knot with glue. Let dry. String 1 knot cup and close over the knot with crimping pliers. Attach the knot cup to one half of the toggle clasp.
3: Form an overhand knot and string 1 turquoise 5mm round. Repeat 59 times.
4: Form three overhand knots. String the following, forming an overhand knot after each: 1 turquoise enameled filigree round, 1 turquoise 5mm round, 1 teal enameled filigree round, 1 turquoise 5mm round, 1 purple enameled filigree round, 1 turquoise 5mm round, 1 teal enameled filigree round, and 1 turquoise 5mm round. String 1 knot cup; form a double overhand knot inside the knot cup. Trim. Dab the knot with glue. Let dry. Close the knot cup and attach it to the other half of the toggle clasp.
5: Use the 2” piece of dupioni silk ribbon to form an overhand knot around the three overhand knots created in step 4. Fray the edges of the ribbon.

Enameled filigree rounds: Painting with Fire. Dupioni silk: Ornamentea. All other materials: Fire Mountain.

Erin Siegel is a jewelry designer, beading instructor and co-author of the jewelry book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords. To find out more, visit her blog: Erin Siegel Jewelry.


Carol said...


A Half-Baked Notion said...

I agree, Erin, simple works well with these stunning enamel filigrees. The touch of bright metal reminds me of pirate's gold waiting at the bottom of a warm lagoon.

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 12, 2012. Thanks again.