Make Your Own Pendant

 Fear of Large Butterflies or How to Make Your Own Pendant

Only one element in the latest Beadwork challenge–a gorgeous 38 x 46mm brass filigree butterfly–felt large enough to use as a necklace pendant. But, honestly, it was so large it made me feel like ducking my head under the desk for safety. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I did watch a lot of Hitchcock films as a teenager.) Editors Melinda Barta and Danielle Fox were much braver–both of them incorporated the butterfly in their beautiful picture frame and necklace designs. (See photos of their projects on pages 90-91 of the October/November 2007 issue.)

With the butterfly out of my design equation, I decided to focus on the love birds connector piece.  I liked it, but it felt too small (19x14mm) to be a focal element by itself. So I merged three separate elements, plus some brown silk ribbon and size 11 seed beads.

These three separate pieces from Vintaj Natural Brass. . .


Filigree tube

Brass ring (25mm)

Love birds connector

became this . . .

Finished pendant

I liked the finished pendant, but I felt the necklace needed something more. But what?

At the time of the challenge, I was trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between stitching and stringing. I liked daisy chain stitch, but I didn't like how it looked when multiple daisies were next to each other. So I added single daisies to some of the individual pearls and turquoise nuggets donated by Galena Beads "Serving Creativity".

On Friday, I'll share the rest of my design story a.k.a. "A Case of Bead Doom" . . .

A Very Chic Cardboard Box

Those of you who enjoy more than one craft might relate to 19-year-old Beading Daily reader Lady Claye who wrote in a blog entry about crochet:

"Knitting is the next thing I will tackle. Either craft leads to a terribly expensive yarn addiction . . . add that to my jewelry finding addiction, bead addiction, and craft book addiction, and I'm living in a cardboard box.

But a very chic cardboard box."

 The votes are in!

More than 1,870 Beading Daily readers voted on their choice for this week's featured free project. What a close race! Here are the results:

Flowerette Chain (41%)

Square Tube (38%)

Zig Zag Chain (21%)

The instructions for Flowerette Chain are below; Square Tube and Zig Zag Chain instructions are available in the book, Zulu Inspired Beadwork. Thanks to everyone who voted! I thought it was fun to have everyone vote for the free project. What do you think? Should we do this again with another set of possible free projects? Leave a comment on the website and let me know what you think!

Be sure to vote in our latest poll by Sunday, October 7:
What's your favorite metal for designing? I'll share the results next week.


Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. On her bead board: A mosaic clasp and some pearls. They want to be a necklace, really, but it doesn't seem to be working out . . .

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