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I finished another necklace this week with this one being completed last night. With purchasing the bail making pliers this past weekend as I mentioned in this post, I have been able to move forward and complete a lot of projects lately as the pliers have enabled me to create clasps, jump rings, chain links and other hardware that I didn’t have the ability to make before. I don’t have to stop and run to the craft store when I need something as I can now make it myself. It’s very liberating (I’m not limited to what’s in the craft store) as well as allows me to be as creative as I want with my pieces. I promise to share a few tutorials with you about how to use the bail making pliers to create some simple items. I’m thinking that since I have been making and showing a lot of clasps, that I’ll show you how to create those first. Make sure to check back for the tutorials. Now onto the rest of my post about the necklace I completed yesterday.

Resin Bumble Bee Pendant

The pendant part to this necklace was cast out of resin with a bumble bee that I had found a few seasons ago while cleaning. The poor little guy was one of those dead buggers that you find inside your window. He was so pretty that I just had to save him to put into a future casting.  

When I finished casting and finishing the resin bumble bee, I mounted the piece to a brass bezel so that I could mount it to a leather cord. The one that I used for this piece is this brass bezel by Vintaj.  

Resin Bumble Bee Pendant Closeup

I finished the necklace off by making wire coil end caps/crimp ends for the leather cord of the necklace and a hook for the clasp. The Cerebral Dilettante has an excellent tutorial on how to make your own coil crimp ends if you are interested in learning how to make and use these in your jewelry designs. I used 16 gauge brass wire for both the wire coil end caps/crimp ends and the hook clasp. 

Resin Bumble Bee Necklace

I’m still debating whether or not I want to keep this piece for myself or not. I’m so in love with it, it might end up in my jewelry box. What do you think?

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I have finished my mixed metal feather necklace and am pretty excited to share it with all of you. I got to use my bail making pliers that I introduced to you in my previous post to create the clasp (hook and eye) for this. I will be putting together a tutorial in a future post to show you how I created this type of clasp, so make sure to check back for details. Here is a picture of the hook park of the clasp before I put it on the necklace:

Handmade clasp

Here is another picture of the clasp shown on the necklace. It  shows a nice close up of the chain links that were also created with wire and wire wrapping techniques:

Clasp and Chain on Feather Necklace

Here is a picture of the completed necklace:

Feather Necklace

I used copper, brass, and silver toned metal/wire for the hardware/chain. Two turquoise beads accent the area where the chain becomes tiered with the feathers. The bottom, middle feather is accented with a really pretty abalone bead that has three different sides to it. I also used silver/clear colored seed beads and bronze glass beads as accent beads throughout the piece. The feathers are random ones that I have collected from craft projects over the years. Isn’t the subtle green flash on the one feather so pretty when matched with the turquoise bead? I love it!

Detail on feather necklace

I had fun making this piece and plan on doing more with beads, wire/wire wrapping and feathers. I also have a few feather earrings that I am currently working on as well. I’ll be posting about those when they are completed. 

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I have great news for those of you who are interested in making the wire cage pendant that I talked about in my previous post. I had mentioned that I had learned how to create these from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques. While looking through Pinterest over the weekend, I discovered that the publisher had posted two PDF projects with detailed instructions from the book as teasers and the wire cage “pod” pendant was one of the projects included, so I wanted to pass this along to my readers so that you can try out this project for yourself. Click here to be directed to the publisher’s website and to the link where the PDF is located. You’ll need to scroll through the text to get to the PDF for the wire pod pendant. There is also a really awesome PDF for a spiral beaded bracelet as well. I recommend checking both out, and if you like these, make sure to check out the entire book for even more great projects.

Here are some pictures of another wire cage pendant that I created yesterday. For reference, I used the following materials for this piece:

I enclosed the following objects in the piece:

 

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