Friday, October 19, 2012

Birdie Branch Necklace Project

It's getting a little chilly out these days, so one of my favorite things is sitting inside with a warm cup of coffee or tea, and watching the birds flutter around in the trees. I made this necklace to think of these quiet moments with the birdies.

Here are the steps to make this project:

1. Cut three 24" pieces of cording. Line all three cord ends up together and insert into top hole of round woodland link. Move the link to the center of the cords.  Tie an overhand knot to secure the link in the center of the cords

2. Take all three cord ends on one side and trim so they are all even (this is the time to adjust for size to make a shorter necklace, if desired).  Put all three ends into a cord crimp and use chain nose pliers to fold the ends down onto the cords securely. Repeat this step on the other side to make the sides even.

3. Use chain nose pliers to open the figure eight loop and attach to one cord crimp.  Attach the hook clasp to the other crimp.  Use two pairs of chain nose pliers to attach the bottom of the woodland link to the top loop of the birdie link with the large jump ring.  Use the small jump ring to attach the bottom loop of the birdie link to the leaf and filigree charms.

1 ceramic woodland link
1 ceramic bird link
1 ceramic leaf charm
72" waxed cotton cord
1 large brass jump ring
1 medium brass jump ring
2 brass cord ends
1 brass hook clasp
1 brass figure eight loop
1 brass filigree drop

Two pairs of chain nose pliers

Think about using other colors to make this necklace, like mixing brighter seafoam and lime green with the earthtones for more of a springtime look!

Birdie Branch Kits are available on the Earthenwood Studio Etsy site here.

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria.

1 comment:

The ATELIER Handmade said...

This is such a cute necklace, while browsing my daughter peak and said: "I want that" . Thank you for this cool project!