Victorian Lace necklace

One of the things I love most about crafting is the ability to get a lot from a little. A few supplies, a few dollars, a few spare moments that you manage to sneak in some creative time…I also love a good fake-out. Just so you know, the blue “stones” in the necklace above are not stones or glass at all. Just plastic!

To read more about the supplies and the method used for the project above, please continue after the jump. Hope everyone’s been having a nice Spring!

Since I bought so many of the supplies for this project years ago, and don’t have all of the original packaging, I will do my best to give any information I can about where I bought which pieces. I am sure that if you look around in your local craft store, or on the internet, you are bound to find something comparable, if not exact. None of these supplies are from fancy or obscure websites, or from any out-of-the-way stores. They were all purchased at my local craft-supply vendors. So they shouldn’t be too hard to find.

  • Empty silver-colored bezel pieces with scalloped detail; I bought these years ago, and I am almost certain I found these in the bulk jewelry section of A.C. Moore. (Where they have the bulk findings, and huge mixed bags of seed beads for kids; next to the pin backs and bulk packages of headpins, etc);

  • Rounded plastic cabochons to fit in the bezels; I bought mine in the mosaic stepping stone section of the craft store (A.C. Moore I think); I believe they had other mixed bags of complementary colors if blue isn’t for you; I just used the light blue and the dark blue rounded cabochons for this project
  • Some rounded item like a dowel or an awl-type tool for rounding the prongs of your bezel over the top of your “stones”; I used an old scrap of dowel for this; All you want is something without a scratchy texture to mar your stones or setting

  • Some leftover silver-colored chain; I am almost certain that this was a Blue Moon brand chain; You can use any chain you have lying around with big enough links to accommodate jump rings

  • Oval jump rings; The oval jump rings used here were definitely Blue Moon brand; They came as part of a multipack, three sizes of oval-shaped jump rings, of which I used only the smallest size in this project

  • Silver-colored headpins; Bought in the bulk section of A.C. Moore; Possibly Darice or a comparable brand

  • A few silver-colored filigree spacers in 2 sizes; All of these filigree beads were part of a mixed package that I think I bought at Micheal’s; I believe that the packaging was black and tan; I only used the small and large round beads, but the tube-shaped barrel beads also came as part of the pack, so I wanted to show you those as well

  • Standard-size silver glass seed beads; I know that seed beads come in sizes, but I am horrible with technicalities sometimes; The seed beads here are really just the “standard” size of seed beads sold at the craft store, not super small ones, or really large ones either; I put in a picture of the beads next to some pliers for scale

  • Flat-nose pliers for the jump rings, and round-nose pliers and wire cutters for the headpins;
  • Clasp of your choice; I just used a simple spring-ring clasp; I don’t always go for fancy clasps, just clasps that are easy to open

1) To start, you will want to make the “stone” and bezel components. I used 3 dark blue cabs, and 2 light blue cabs for a total of 5 stone and bezel units; Place your cab into the bezel; Holding it in place with your thumb, use your dowel to round the prongs of the bezel over the top of your stone. You will want to use a “rolling” motion from the bottom of the prong to the top;

Note: try to hold your cab right in the center of the bezel as you close the prongs around it; To help keep the stone from getting off center, close the prongs in this order: right, left, bottom, top; Just make sure you close the opposing prongs one right after the other

2) Now, try to attach your dangling components to each of the completed stone units; If you notice, I used my bezels sort of “upside-down” for this necklace; The hole at what would usually be the “top” of the metal bezel, is what you will use to attach your dangles at the bottom of each unit

On each headpin, place one silver seed bead and one filigree bead; I used one large round filigree bead for the center stone component, and 4 small filigree beads for all other stone components

Cut the excess wire from your headpin, leaving enough wire to make a loop; Use your round nose pliers to form a loop at the top of the headpin, and attach the dangle to the hole in the silver bezel component; See the above picture for reference

3) Trim a length of chain that will fit you, or the person that you are making this necklace for; Find the center of the chain you have cut, and attach your center stone component (a dark blue component for me here) to the chain using 2 oval-shaped jump rings; Please keep in mind that you will be attaching what would normally be the bottom of these bezels to your chain, so that the dangles you just attached will hang below

Note: Leave enough excess chain between the two jump rings so that the excess chain will hang behind or just slightly above each stone unit; Please see below for close up shots of how much chain I left between the jump rings

4) Decide how much space you would like to leave between each stone component; Hopefully the pictures above will show about how much space I left between units; Use that amount of space as a guideline to attach your remaining stone components to your necklace

5) Now attach your clasp to the chain, and you will have your necklace!

I hope that you have enjoyed this mini tutorial, and I hope that the photographs give a pretty good representation of the process; I did not include too much written description here; But please feel free to comment on this post if there is anything that you would like more information about; I would be happy to help in any way I can. Thanks everyone!

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