Saturday, June 07, 2008

Seahorse Necklace How-to



So, now that you have painted your seahorses you'll want to make them into a graceful summery necklace. This design features a central seahorse pendant and an assymetrical double chain and pearl spiral. I also used my favorite square jump ring at the clasp.

To make this design you'll need
1 large seahorse
1 small seahorse
19" antique brass bar chain, cut into one 2" section, two 5" sections, and one 7" section
1 antique brass square jump ring
1 antique brass spring ring clasp
3 antique brass jump rings, 7 mm
5" brass wire, 24 g
16 glass pearls, 3-6 mm










Wire wrap one end of the brass wire. Feed 14 pearls onto it (reserving two for the clasp end of the necklace) and create a wrapped loop at the end of the pearls. Twist this strand of wired pearls around your finger or a pencil to create a loose coil, like a strand of bubbles rising in the ocean. Use a 7 mm jump ring to attach one end of the coil to the 7" chain section, the 2" chain section and the large seahorse.

With your chain nose pliers, open a 7 mm jump ring and feed it through the other end of the pearl spiral, the 2" chain section and both of the 5" chain sections. Close securely.

Use the remaining 7 mm jump ring to attach the smaller seahorse to the 7" section of
chain as shown.

Use the remaining brass wire to wire wrap the remaining pearls to the clasp ends of the chain. Add the clasp and the square jump ring and you are finished!

Detailed tutorials on wire wrapping and other techniques are available here at ornamentea.com.