Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ornament Thursday Earthenwood's Gothic Garden Necklace

Gothic Garden Necklace

Her lover took her by the hand and they walked together through the rose garden. The scent of roses was heavy upon them as he plucked a blood red stem from a nearby branch. He handed it to her upon bent knee, and as he stood, he noticed her raven black hair flowed beautifully in harmony with her jet black velvet and lace gown in the cool night breeze, lit only by the pale moonlight. Thoroughly smitten, he leaned in for a delicious kiss...

Whew! That's a Love Story...and the inspiration for this necklace...

1 Porcelain black & white Floral Swirl charm
3 Porcelain charcoal pumpkin beads
4 pewter 7mm Ivy bead cap antique silver
1 pewter 16x15mm Empire Link antique silver
1 pewter 13x16mm Classic Clasp antique pewter
18” 3mm czech glass fire polish bead chain, jet on black
3 2” standard weight gunmetal eyepins
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Open one eyepin and attach to the loop at the top of the Floral Swirl charm. Close the eyepin.
String a pewter bead cap, a porcelain pumpkin, and another bead cap onto the eyepin. Using your round nose pliers, form a loop at the top of the bead cap. Trim the excess wire.
Open the top eyepin loop and attach to the bottom loop of the Empire Link. Close the loop.
Open the loops of two more eyepins and attach one to each side at the top of the Empire link. Close the loops.
String one Pumpkin bead and one bead cap onto one eyepin and use your round nose pliers to from a loop at the top of the bead cap. Trim the excess wire. Repeat on the other side.
Using a ruler, measure your bead chain and cut two 9 inches lengths. Open the top loop of the eyepin and attach to one chain end. Close the loop. Repeat on other side.

Make sure your chain ends are even and trim if needed. Open the last loop of the chain link and attach to the ring of the toggle clasp. Close the loop. Repeat on the other side with the final clasp piece.

Finished Size 18” necklace

By simply changing the charm color and design or bead colors, you have a whole new look for this necklace! Imagine this design in any of these combinations:

These bead sets are available in the Earthenwood Etsy shop, along with a limited supply of kit findings to make this necklace.

Porcelain charm and beads
Earthenwood Studio
Fusion Beads
Rings & Things
Rio Grande

Don't forget to see Elaine's project here on Art Bead Scene today here

And see our whole list of Ornament Thursday links here


Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Melanie--your work is so lovely!!!

As always!!!

Elaine Ray said...

Melanie - Beautiful! I think my favorite grouping is in the lower left corner above.

Heather Powers said...

very lovely! This works together perfectly, great attention to details.

Margot Potter said...


Stunning. I love this dark look to the metal and the beads, very Gothic and Victorian.

Thanks for your patience as we worked out the kinks!


melanie brooks said...

Thank you so much!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Another terrific design, Melanie! I particularly like the tip at the end showing different color schemes for the necklace design. Great work!

Sarebear said...

Yes, 'tis a lovely design indeed!

Linda Augsburg said...

What a great plan for the components! And I love that you offered options at the end! Thanks for the inspiration.

Katie Hacker said...

Love, love, love the black and white look. This design is awesome!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Ooh, I love the untraditional black and white Goth look to this piece! Brilliant!

Tari of said...

I'm with everyone else. Love the high contrast Black and White!

melanie brooks said...

Thanks everyone! The black and whits is always very popular for me at shows, especially with these vintage button charms. They are a bit of extra work, but the results are so detailed and neat, I love them!