Willow Fields – Free Project and New Challenge

Whip up this fun little project for a lightweight and easy-going summer necklace.  The design starts with a ready-made chain that is cut in half and the beads are added.  I found some blackened steel wire at a local bead shop when I was on vacation.  I have the hardest time finding it in hardware stores.  If you can’t get blackened wire, you can use silver or copper wire and oxidize it before starting your project.  Ornamentea carries a gunmetal wire that is another alternative.
Willow Connector
6 Czech glass flowers
2 Czech glass leaves
6 gunmetal brass 2″ ball headpins
1 gunmetal brass 18″ chain
22 gauge blackened steel wire
2 gunmetal brass 5mm jump rings

1. Cut a 5″ piece of wire with heavy cutters.  Slide the wire through the connector leaving about an 1 1/4″ of the wire at the front of the connector.  Bend the wire at a 45 degree angle. Form a wrapped loop with the smaller piece of wire.  With the other end of the wire continue wrapping around the wrapped looped.  Repeat on the other side of the connector.
2. Cut another 5″ piece of wire, string it through the leaf bead, create a wrapped loop on one side.  *Before you wrap the loop, open the loop, slip in the loop from the connector and close the loop.  Continue to form a wrapped loop and wrap the excess wire as in step 1.  Repeat on the other side of the leaf.  Repeat on the other side of the necklace.
3. Create 6 dangles with the headpins and flowers.  Add three to each side of the connector loop.
4. Cut the chain in half.  Measure the length from the center of your focal bead to the end of the leaf loop – you’ll want to trim this much chain off on both sides.  Add the beads to the chain with a small jump ring.  (If you’d like a shorter necklace, trim more of the chain.)
Sources: Willow Connector: Humblebeads.  Czech glass: Dream Girl Beads.  Gunmetal findings and chain: Hobby Lobby.
Are you ready for another challenge?  This one is so much easier, I promise!  Check out my blog for complete details.  To celebrate the release of my book I’m having 12 weeks of nature inspired challenges.  The first one started on Monday.  Hop on over to play along.

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2 Comment

  1. CraftCrave
    June 30, 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 [30 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. JeannieK
    June 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Willow Fields is a beauty Heather. Your Willow Art Bead is sublime. Thanks for sharing the tut.

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