Beaded Metal Necklace
The metal components you see in this necklace were found at Michaels store. They are detailed in a way that reminds me a bit of Marcasite jewelry. I didn’t know what I might do with all these parts but since they were marked down, I had to take them home. As I thought about what I might create, it occurred to me that one of the visual differences between these metal parts and actual Marcasite, is their absence of shine. That’s when I knew crystal lined seed beads were the perfect addition for this project. Antique-ish and vintage might be the right descriptions for this necklace. And let’s not forget elegant. The components have an abundance of tiny holes making it the perfect canvas for attaching seed beads and a feature bicone crystal. If you’ve ever hand stitched anything with a needle and thread, you’ll find this an easy project to complete.
step 1 - Cut a one yard length of bedding thread and insert it into a beading needle.
step 9 - On the backside, move the needle through the existing threads until you get to the center of the component.
step 14 - Finish the focal component by moving the needle through the existing stitching on the back and creating half hitch knots. Cut off excess. Remove the stop bead and slip the thread end into the needle and create half hitch knots to secure the thread. Trim the excess.
step 20 - Finish with half hitch knots on the backside.
step 21 - Use the jump rings that came with the components to link the four remaining metal pieces and chain. Add a lobster clasp and jump ring to the chain ends.
The center metal components measure 5.50” wide. For a 16” necklace you will need approximately 10.50” of chain.