Summer Solstice Necklace

It’s officially summer, so here is a cute and quick necklace to whip up using a pendant from Golem Studios in their lace design.  Geometrics are hot for summer fashions and triangles are pointing the way to trendy styles.  I teamed this striking pendant with ceramic tabs from Elaine Ray, a hand blown glass bead and Czech flowers, the play of the complimentary color palette makes this a fresh find.
Ceramic pendant – Golem Studios
Hand blown glass bead – Stephanie Ann
4 ceramic 12mm tabs – Elaine Ray
1 copper 12mm round bead
12 Czech flowers (6 of two colors)
12 copper 4mm spacers
12 2″ copper ball headpins
6 2″ brass eyepins
10 brass 12mm jump rings
brass hook clasp
2 5″ lengths of brass chain
Create the elements:
1. Add a spacer, ceramic tab and a spacer to an eyepin.  Repeat with the other 3 ceramic tabs and the glass bead and copper bead for 6 beaded links.
2. Add a glass flower to a ball headpin, create a wrapped loop using the rest of the wire wrapped several times under the loop.  Repeat with the other 11 flowers.
Put the necklace together:
1. On the jump ring, add the pendant and a ceramic tab.  Close the jump ring.
2. Add a jump ring to the other side of the ceramic tab, add 3 flower dangles and the glass bead link, close the jump ring.
3. Add a jump ring to the other side of the glass bead, add 3 flower dangles and a ceramic tab, close the jump ring. 
4. Add the chain to the last tab with a jump ring.
5. Repeat pattern on the other side, using the copper bead instead of the glass bead.
6. Add the hook clasp with a jump ring, add the other jump ring to the other side of the chain.

A simpler variation of this design uses one of Golem’s poppy pendants with smokey quartz links and a single color of flowers.  This one reminds me of art nouveau jewelry with the graphic floral elements and geometric design.

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11 Comment

  1. Rosanne
    June 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    They are adorable! I am glad I got one from Vlad. I'll be whipping up my own Summer Solstice some.

  2. Happy Mango Beads
    June 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Golem's pendants are great! I love the contrast between the ceramic pendants and the rest of each necklace. Fun projects!

  3. Therese's Treasures
    June 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Both necklaces are very pretty, but my fave is the second one. The Golem pendant with the red flowers speaks to me.

  4. somethingunique
    June 24, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Hi Heather, those are stunning, i can't believe i can't order anything till the strike is over! I am having withdrawls AUUUGGG!!!
    ttfn Lana >^.^<

  5. CraftCrave
    June 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

    June 24, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I love them and my favorite is the red poppy pendant.

  7. Aj
    June 24, 2011 at 7:05 am

    The Pic of necklace is really beautiful and its style and design is also great. I liked it

  8. JeannieK
    June 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Great designs Heather and the pendants are beautiful.

  9. CraftCrave
    June 25, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. My Life Under the Bus
    June 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    So pretty = loe the flowers I stick them on everything!

  11. Jo
    June 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful! My favourite is the first version – the colours and the artbead are gorgeous. I posted a link to your tutorial as my weekly "Tutorial Tuesday", and what started out as my version of your necklace ended up as a bracelet with a lampwork bead and one of my handmade silver flower clasps.

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