Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ornament Thursday Elaine's Links of Love

On my first day of participating in Ornament Thursday I'd like to share Links of Love with you. This idea has been pacing about in my head for over a year and Ornament Thursday was just the boost I needed to set it free. As you can see the links do not hang perfectly, but as I moved around it didn't matter - only when I stood still and took the picture was it evident.

10 Heart Connectors
1 Diamond Slice bead (or other accent bead)
1 Round Disk bead (used as accent at end of chain - not shown in picture)
44 9mm jump rings
28 6mm jump rings
12 inches chain
1 lobster claw clasp

After attempting several times to write out the pattern in a understandable manner - I gave up and instead give you this chart:

Large circles = 9mm jump rings
Small circles = 6mm jump rings
Triangles = Heart Connectors

After connecting all the jump rings and Heart Connectors in this pattern, add Diamond Slice bead to bottom 9mm jump ring using your favorite wire wrapping technique. Now add 5 inches of chain to the 6mm jump ring on the left of the top row and add 7 inches of chain to the 6mm jump ring on the right of the top row. Finish 5 inch piece of chain with lobster claw. Finish 7 inch piece of chain with Round Disk bead using your favorite wire wrapping technique. When wearing this necklace, the lobster claw can be clipped anywhere along the chain, providing for an adjustable necklace length.

This is another version of Links of Love - using just 6 Heart Connectors and 12mm jump rings in place of the 9mm jump rings.

Thanks for sharing Ornament Thursday with me. If you decide to try any of the project be sure to leave a comment with a link. See you next time on Ornament Thursday!

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

And see our whole list of Ornament Thursday links here


Kriss said...

These are just beautiful necklaces. The hearts are so pretty.

Hali Chambers said...

I LOVE hearts and this is SO sweet! What a BEAUTIFUL design!
:-) Hali

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Excuse me? This is just slam dunk beautiful!!! WOW!

Elaine Ray said...

Thanks everyone! It was interesting to make - The idea that it can be made as big or as small as desired just by adding or subtracting the hearts was especially intriguing. I can imagine it as a more rounded / Egyptian style color also. Maybe with small crystals dangling from each heart....

I'd like to make a short amendment to my post....You are welcome to reproduce Links of Love for resale (and for your own use). Just keep in mind that other participants in Ornament Thursday have made a different request.

Heather Powers said...

awesome design Elaine!

Margot Potter said...

I love this! Fabulous idea. Thanks for specification on your guidelines. I appreciate that.

Thanks also for joining us and making such an incredible design!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Glad you set the Links of Love free, Elaine! Lovely design!

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

Gorgeous! Love it! :)


Michelle McGee said...

Oh man!!! I love, love, love this!!

So glad we're doing this!

Linda Augsburg said...

Love the hearts and the way they almost seem to cascade! It starts me thinking about a whole bunch of options of connecting hearts that way!

I agree with everyone else--I'm SO glad we're doing this!

Katie Hacker said...

What a great way to use double-drilled pieces like these hearts!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Those heart links are just gorgeous! It seems there would be an infinite number of ways to use them. The necklace is beautiful.

Tari of said...

Great necklace Elaine!

melanie brooks said...

Elaine, this is a beautiful piece. I just love it!

Alexa said...

very clever and pretty. Great job!