by: Rochelle Kilmer
Sweet, sweet grapes being turned into delicious wine! Would you like a glass, because I sure would!
So again, this necklace started as a yellow-green colour puddle. I had the glass coins and the olive jade hanging out on my desk for a bit before Erin said they reminded her of green grapes. From there the inspiration was born! I saw bunches of dangles and the little grape charms we carry were the perfect accent piece.
First I started by making all the little dangles used in both the necklace and the earrings. On a headpin, I placed a scallop bead cap,4mm round olive jade, and another bead cap. Then I made a wrapped loop to finish them off. I did this for the whole strand of olive jade stone.
*(Note: with the stone/pearl sale the last couple weeks all the olive jade was purchased, so there are a couple of alternatives I would use in the material list)
Then for the strand of puff coins, I turned them into links.I used 22g Brass wire. I made a wrapped loop on one end, strung on a puff coin and made another wrapped loop. I did this for all 15 coins.
Putting the necklace together:
I attached all 15 coin links together using 3mm jumprings. Find the centre coin. Open a 3mm jumpring, and place 3 olive jade dangles, and before closing attach it to one of the jumpring to the left of the centre coin.On the right side, attach 3 dangles the same way.
Working your way out, on each jumpring attaching the links,attach either a single dangle or 3 dangles. I alternated, so I attached 3dangles and the next one just one dangle and then the next 3 dangles, etc.
On the last coin link I used a 4mm jumpring and attached it to one end of the brass chain. I repeated the same for the other ends. I found the centre of the chain and cut it. On the chain links I attached a lobster claw, an antique gold grape charm,and one of the olive jade dangles I made. The lobster claw can clip into the links on the chain so you can adjust your length preference.
I used a pack of chain extenders as my base for the dangles.I cut off the teardrop dangle off the bottom and attached an antique gold grape charm instead, using a jumpring. Working upwards, I attached 1 or 2 olive jade dangles on each link of the extender using 3mm jumprings. Then I attached my earring finding to the top link. I repeated the same process for the other earring.
Voila your earrings are done!
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