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Artemis

by: Jennifer Tough

This necklace is certainly fit for a goddess - and who better than a moon goddess such as Artemis? The main inspiration for this piece was of course the lovely textured lentil which looks quite a bit like a cratered moon - and the pearls, just luscious!

This will be a time consuming one to make, as each pearl is handwired. It is so worth the effort though, this necklace is stunning, and much richer than I can capture in a photo.   You'll notice that I have used a combination of both sterling, and base metal. I do usually try to work only in sterling, however in this case. The cost would have gone through the roof. I kept the sterling to the 'important' bits - the focal, the clasp, and the bead caps. The wire is silver plate artistic wire, and the head pins are rhodium plate (love those headpins!) These give you a non tarnish, antique silver finish. I suppose they may tarnish eventually - but we've been carrying them for about 7/8 years - and they're still going strong on jewelry we've designed with them.

Note: The pearl holes were a bit small for the 22 gauge wire. I decided to ream the holes to make them larger, rather than use a smaller gauge wire.  I didn't feel the 24 gauge would be strong enough for this particular necklace.

I think it's perfectly acceptable to mix sterling and base metals in many cases!

          
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74701019 Artistic Wire - 22 gauge Round Wire - Silver Plated (Tarnish Resistant) (Spool)

(I wish I had kept track - i started out with a full spool, and I still have a bunch left - too much for me to unwind to measure!)

Price: $ 8.12
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Qty: 1 s20239 Findings - Magnetic Clasps - Domed Flower - Sterling (1)Price: $ 14.40
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s24805 Freshwater Pearls - 8.5 x 6 mm Button Pearl - Deep Mauve (strand)

(I used about half a strand.)

Price: $ 9.35
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Qty: 30 22601030 Headpins - 2 in / 24 ga Flat Head - Rhodium Plated (100)Price: $ 2.88
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Qty: 6 s23270 Metal Bead Cap - Simplest Dome - Bright Sterling (1)Price: $ 0.80
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Qty: 10 ss114 Sterling Beads - 3 mm Faceted Cube - SterlingPrice: $ 0.75
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Qty: 32 27753011337284 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Greige (36)Price: $ 6.48
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Qty: 1 s24132 Thai Silver - 25 mm Stone-Textured Lentil - Antiqued Sterling (1)Price: $ 11.35
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