In yesterday’s post we learned how to make a unique Mokume Gane polymer clay pendant by layering and manipulating different colors of the clay, then setting a slice of our creation in a pendant frame.
Today we are going to attach the Mokume Gane pendant to a chain, add some beads on eye pins, and make a pretty spring necklace!
The second picture shows a bonus Mokume Gane necklace idea, using the same pearls as drops or dangles instead. My theory on crafting is why make just one of something, when you can make two or more at the same time?! It was really easy to do with these materials, and I think that I still have enough left over to make a pair of earrings too.
- Swarovski 6mm Pearls
- Freshwater Pearls – White
- Freshwater Pearls – Color
- Antique Silver Frame Charms
- Antique Silver Pins and Rings
- 24 inch Antique Silver Chain Necklace
- Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters
1. Hold chain in one hand and find the center of your necklace. This is where you will place the pendant. Open the jump ring, add the pendant, attach to the center link and then close.
2. Figure out how many links you want to leave between your pendant and your first eye pins. Counting from the link where the pendant is attached, open one link on either side of the necklace to create an opening for your eye pins.
3. Lay out desired beads for stringing onto your head pins, using any combination of sizes and colors that are pleasing to you. Add beads until you reach 1 ¾ inch. Form a loop at the end of the head pin and attach to the chain by closing loop around chain. Use the loop on the other end to attach your pin to the remaining chain and complete the necklace.
4. If desired, add a second set of eye pins to your necklace by repeating steps #2 and #3.
To create the pearl drops/dangles shown on the bonus necklace: Add a pearl(s) to one of the head pins in the kit to form each dangle. Form a loop at the end of the head pin and snip off the excess wire. Use the loop you just created to attach the dangle to the left or right of the center pendant as desired.
I hope you enjoyed this technique and both necklace ideas!
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