In A Tree Necklace – Free Project

In a Tree
Erin Siegel
Here’s an easy way to use silk ribbons to highlight a handmade pendant. The texture of the silk fibers add interest to this monochromatic necklace and draw the eye to the focal piece.
48 green aventurine 6mm
2 antique copper fold-over
cord ends
2 antique copper 2mm crimp
2 antique copper 4mm jump
1 antique copper 6mm jump
1 antique copper 19x15mm
toggle clasp
1 antique copper 15x19mm leaf
1 green 36mm “bird on a
branch” two-hole porcelain pendant
5” of emerald green ¾”
dupioni silk ribbon
5” of light sage 2mm silk
6” of antiqued copper 20
gauge wire
18” of copper .019 beading
Pair of chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Crimping pliers
Finished size: 18 ¼”
1: Use the 20 gauge wire to
form a double wrapped bail that attaches to the top hole in the pendant. Use
the 6mm jump ring to attach the leaf charm to the bottom hole of the pendant.
Set aside.
2: Lay the 2mm silk cord on
top of the dupioni silk. *Place the two ribbons inside 1 cord end and close.*
Use both ribbons to to string the pendant’s bail to the middle of the ribbon
section. Repeat from *to*. Fray the edges of the dupioni silk.
3: Use the beading wire to
string 1 crimp tube and the loop of 1 cord end. Pass back through the tube and
crimp. String all the green aventurines, 1 crimp tube and one half of the
clasp. Pass back through the tube and crimp.
4: Link the two 4mm jump
rings together. Attach one to the free cord end and 1 to the other half of the

Ceramic pendant:Round Rabbit Extra, Dupioni silk and cord ends: Ornamentea.com, 2mm silk: Marsha Neal Studio,
leaf charm: Artbeads.com, All other materials: Fire Mountain Gems.

Erin Siegel is a jewelry designer, beading instructor and co-author of the jewelry book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords. To find out more, visit her blog, Erin Siegel Jewelry

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5 Comment

  1. Monique U.
    June 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    What a fresh take on a easy little necklace! I have never worked with ribbons but this is so cute I must try it. I love the leafy effect. Thanks for the inspiration, Erin.

    I have admired Round Rabbit for a long time and finally received my first order of Nancy's porcelain this week. Normally I hoard and admire my new artbeads for a long time first, but almost as soon as I opened her package I was moved to make one pendant into a necklace, incorporating large Czech seed beads and some lampwork (that I was hoarding, naturally LOL). Finally listening to my muse, I guess!

  2. Tania Tebbit
    June 20, 2012 at 1:23 am

    love the pendant

  3. Meadowland Designs
    June 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Oh, how lovely! It's very much something my sister would wear, aside from the fact it's also in her favorite color!

    I love the book & can't wait to experiment with my cords!

  4. Designer Necklaces
    October 2, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I love this look! I worked for years with fabric before trying jewelry design. I never considered using cloth IN my jewelry until recently. Your designs are inspirational!

  5. Matt Cutts
    November 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

    This is a good necklace and everyone who want to show his love for nature should wear it. I like it.

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