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Ancient Trade

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Using vintage-looking beads, and a stone like Lapis Lazuli that has been in use for thousands of years is one way to make a necklace that has an instant feel of history. It's not hard to imagine some tribal leader wearing this, then trading it to a traveler for a a fine pair of horses or some exotic goods. Passing from collector to collector, gathering stories as it goes.

This is a basic bead stringing project with some simple wiring to make a bail for the bead to hang it, and a little embellishing as well.


This technique can certainly be adapted to other large pendants with a hole drilled from front to back.





          
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74701010-11 Artistic Wire - 20 gauge Round Wire - Brass (Tarnish Resistant) (Spool)

(2 pieces about 8 inches. The book suggests 18 gauge wire, but it didn't want to fit through the hole in the pendant.)

Price: $ 6.72
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s34458 Book - Build Your Own Wire Pendants - by Kimberly Sciaraffa BerlinPrice: $ 25.95
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s33417 Czech Seedbeads - 8 mm Seedbead - Archeology (strand)

(I used 2 full strands.)

Price: $ 8.55
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Qty: 1 22601032 Headpins - 2 in / 24 ga Flat Head - Goldplated (100)

(Or any appropriately coloured headpin that is long enough - for the dangle.)

Price: $ 3.02
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Qty: 1 s32286 Stone Beads - 60 mm Disc Pendant - Lapis Lazuli (1)Price: $ 7.95
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Qty: 23 s24680 Stone Beads - 8.5 mm Round - Lapis Lazuli (strand)

(I had two left over from strand)

Price: $ 17.92
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s23266 Tools - Hammer - ChasingPrice: $ 17.61
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s24374 Tools - 3 inch Bench Block - Steel and Wood

(We have others that are instore only - too heavy to ship!)

Price: $ 19.58
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s33509 Tools - 6 inch Sandbag - Square

(This helps a LOT with the hammering! Absorbs the blows!)

Price: $ 26.33
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