In a Tree
Here's an easy way to use silk ribbons to highlight a handmade pendant. The texture of the silk fibers add interest to this monochromatic necklace and draw the eye to the focal piece.
48 green aventurine 6mm rounds
2 antique copper fold-over cord ends
2 antique copper 2mm crimp tubes
2 antique copper 4mm jump rings
1 antique copper 6mm jump ring
1 antique copper 19x15mm toggle clasp
1 antique copper 15x19mm leaf charm
1 green 36mm “bird on a branch” two-hole porcelain pendant
5” of emerald green ¾” dupioni silk ribbon
5” of light sage 2mm silk cord
6” of antiqued copper 20 gauge wire
18” of copper .019 beading wire
Pair of chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Finished size: 18 ¼”
1: Use the 20 gauge wire to form a double wrapped bail that attaches to the top hole in the pendant. Use the 6mm jump ring to attach the leaf charm to the bottom hole of the pendant. Set aside.
2: Lay the 2mm silk cord on top of the dupioni silk. *Place the two ribbons inside 1 cord end and close.* Use both ribbons to to string the pendant’s bail to the middle of the ribbon section. Repeat from *to*. Fray the edges of the dupioni silk.
3: Use the beading wire to string 1 crimp tube and the loop of 1 cord end. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String all the green aventurines, 1 crimp tube and one half of the clasp. Pass back through the tube and crimp.
4: Link the two 4mm jump rings together. Attach one to the free cord end and 1 to the other half of the clasp.
Resources:Ceramic pendant:Round Rabbit Extra, Dupioni silk and cord ends: Ornamentea.com, 2mm silk: Marsha Neal Studio, leaf charm: Artbeads.com, All other materials: Fire Mountain Gems.
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.