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Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm Ready For My Close Up....

Tessie made me do it... She insisted on at least one necklace and earrings to match.

So... Here we go!

The supplies I used were #32 gage wire, needle nosed pliers and # 15 beads.

I used the largest beads that I would suggest for mini jewelry and they are still a bit big.  They are easier for you to see...

I started with about 8 to 10 inches of wire.  It is easier to handle... There is a bit of loss, but #32 is cheap.
I started by bending the middle of the wire around the needle nosed pliers and then wrapping one side around the other one.  This will be the start of either necklace or bracelet.

After you have twisted the wire about three times, you can start stringing the beads in a pattern that you like or at random...

I don't measure.  I just make the first strand large enough to drape around Tessie's neck.

Then I twist the wire so that the beads won't slip off.  I make the second strand a bit larger, so that it will hang down lower than the other strand.

When I have the second strand where I want it, I bring the two ends together. The top piece is bent back on itself and formed into a hook and the bottom  piece is wrapped around it, as close to the beads as possible to hold the hook.

The hook should fit through the eye on the other end and can be bent in place to keep the necklace or bracelet on.

The earrings consist of three or more beads in a loop on the center of a short piece of wire.  I use about two inches.  Then the ends are twisted tightly together with pliers.

If they are to be displayed, that is how they will look best. 

In Tessie's case, I simply left them twisted and straight, and snipped them off about a quarter of an inch from the beads. Tessie doesn't have pierced ears, so she simply shoves the straight end up into her hair.

Now I am going to get to the cottage if Tessie will let me.  I see other jewels glittering in her eyes...

See you tomorrow.

5 comments:

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: I really like your creation. It is very original. Keep in touch.

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Casey! I think that now Tessie will need a more sophisticated looking dress and pinafore to go with this beautiful gold and pearl necklace and earrings. Perhaps something Chanel-ish? :D

Caseymini said...

Elizabeth, I doubt that Tessie will wear the jewels for long. She will snag then on a bush or tree. And besides, Chanel isn't a good look for her. The Chanel line doesn't look good with bare feet! G

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
I must say, Tessie is looking very grand...move over Gloria Swanson!
Big hug,
Giac

Debra Morin said...

Hmmm, very chic!