Silk and Filigree Necklace – Free Project

Silk and Filigree
Erin Siegel
Sometimes a simple design is the best way to show off beautiful handmade beads. Elegant knotted silk cord and turquoise beads compliment this cool-hued collection of enameled filigree beads by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire Artwear.
64 chalk turquoise 5mm rounds
2 teal enameled 14mm filigree
1 purple enameled 18mm
filigree round
turquoise enameled 12mm filigree round
antique copper 13mm fancy toggle
antique copper knot cups                                  
1 card of amethyst size 8 silk beading cord w/attached needle
2” of lavender dupioni silk
Crimping pliers
Round nose pliers
Knotting tweezers
Fabric cement glue
Finished size: 18 ½”
Tip: Pre-stretching the silk
helps remove the natural stretch in the cord so that your knots won’t move in
your finished piece over time.
1: Remove all the cord from
the card. Stretch a small section. Repeat for the entire cord.
2: Form a double overhand
knot at the end of the cord opposite the needle. Trim. Dab the knot with glue.
Let dry. String 1 knot cup and close over the knot with crimping pliers. Attach
the knot cup to one half of the toggle clasp.
3: Form an overhand knot and
string 1 turquoise 5mm round. Repeat 59 times.
4: Form three overhand knots.
String the following, forming an overhand knot after each: 1 turquoise enameled
filigree round, 1 turquoise 5mm round, 1 teal enameled filigree round, 1
turquoise 5mm round, 1 purple enameled filigree round, 1 turquoise 5mm round, 1
teal enameled filigree round, and 1 turquoise 5mm round. String 1 knot cup;
form a double overhand knot inside the knot cup. Trim. Dab the knot with glue.
Let dry. Close the knot cup and attach it to the other half of the toggle
5: Use the 2” piece of
dupioni silk ribbon to form an overhand knot around the three overhand knots
created in step 4. Fray the edges of the ribbon.

filigree rounds: Painting with Fire. Dupioni silk: Ornamentea. All other materials: Fire Mountain.

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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3 Comment

  1. Carol
    August 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm


  2. A Half-Baked Notion
    August 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I agree, Erin, simple works well with these stunning enamel filigrees. The touch of bright metal reminds me of pirate's gold waiting at the bottom of a warm lagoon.

  3. CBH
    August 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 12, 2012. Thanks again.

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