While my current jewelry lines only consist of freshwater pearls an natural gemstones, I have always had a secret love for filigrees, so I was excited to receive these amazing Swarovski crystal filigree samples from Artbeads a few months ago.I have been so busy since then and finally had time to play with these lovelies last weekend.Hopefully this will be an easy jewelry design idea for your wedding, dinner party, or a fun night out.
Here are the supplies you will need for this necklace.They are all available from Artbeads --
- 1x 38mm gold plated filigree round crystal (code 62010-GCRY)
- 2x 19.5mm silver plated filigree daisy crystal (code 62006-RCRY)
- 2x 22.5mm silver plated filigree lily crystal (code 6207-RCRY)
- 2x 27mm silver plated filigree sunflower crystal (code 62004-RCRY)
- 10" silver plated chain(cut into 2 x 5" chains) -- choose a style you like that's under 4mm
- one silver plated clasp -- choose a style you like! I used a lobster clasp
- 8~9 silver plated 6mm open jump rings or split rings to connect the filigrees and clasp.
- (optional: 3" silver plated cable chain for the extender -- choose a chain that's slightly thicker than the main chain)
These filigrees are a little costly, but they really sparkle like crazy under the light! You can choose to have all of the filigrees in the same metal -- all silver or all gold.When I made the necklace,I thought it was a nice contrast to mix the metal, and I was glad it turned out nicely!
The necklace is very easy to make.Basically, you need to connect filigrees using the jump rings or split rings.I recommend using split rings because they are more secure.However,they also require a little more skills to open and close.Jump rings and split rings are very useful findings and it never hurts to keep some extra in stock!
These filigrees are very easy to work with because they have these "built in holes" for you to thread the jump/split rings through. You can also make easy and sassy matching earrings with these filigrees.the 19mm filigrees are just big enough to get you noticed, while the 27mm ones are a total show stopper!
Here's what the finished piece looks like. I added an extender so it's adjustable from 18~21"--
On a party dress --
On a wedding dress --
Happy jewelry making!