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I decided it was time to ease myself back into making jewelry. I usually do the basic pendant on a cord. Since I make the buttons and components I don’t concentrate on creating wearables. I haven’t been making jewelry often enough so I felt a bit uneasy. Working by myself, my darling husband gets to be the one who I ask for opinion on designs.
I started out with a 48″ crepe cord I gotten from Ornamentea years ago. I looked on their website and couldn’t find them any longer. I found this source, Fundamentals, online.
I threaded the cord through a shank back Coil Button.
Tied an overhand knot so the button would stay put in the center of the cord length.
For my clasp/closure I decided I didn’t want to shorten the cord by tying knots and adding bulk. I decided to tightly wrap 24 gauge copper wire around the cord to create the loop for the button to slip through.
I used an anodized aluminum jump ring to attach the pendant
to the cord. The loop was fired into to the clay pendant
. I was waffling as to whether I should simply leave the necklace plain or adorn it with an assortment of charms and clapperless bells. From the final product above you can see I jumped in and attached groupings of the bells and charm with more copper wire. Some I just used small jump rings to attach them.
I love how the colors of the Pendant
and cord go together so well!
Of course I ask my husband what he thought. His response “don’t you think it would have been fine with just the pendant?” Oh well, it’s a start.
*Remember any button can be a pendant or jewelry component.*
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Have you started anything new or a re-new/redo?
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Have a great day!!
Feeling Sassy as usual!