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My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

“My Favorite Things” Necklace

Don’t you just love wearing your favorite things around your neck? One day back in 2007, I gathered a few of my favorite pendant charms and hung them from the toggle clasp of a single cord necklace.

Favorite Things Pendants Necklace

You can make your own collection of favorite things and turn them into a simple, easy-to-do necklace. Here’s how I did this one.

Materials:

1 crystal AB 11mm Swarovski pendant
1 siam 6mm Swarovski cube
1 light rose 4mm Swarovski round
2 clear fire-polished 3mm glass bead
1 Bali silver 13mm novelty “pig” bead
1 Bali silver 8mm fancy round bead
1 Bali silver 5mm tube bead
1 sterling silver 6mm heart bead
1 sterling silver 3mm round
2 sterling silver 2mm round
4 Bali silver 4mm daisy spacer
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
1.25” sterling silver fine cable chain
2 sterling silver 1.2mm crimp end
3 sterling silver 2” head pins
20” sterling silver 24 gauge wire
19” fuchsia 1mm waxed cord

Step 1: Attach crimp ends to the tips of the braided cotton cord. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the loop of the crimp end. String 2 daisies and form another wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat for the other half of the toggle clasp.

Step 2: Use a head pin to string 1 silver 2mm round, the pig bead, and 1 silver 2mm round, then close with a wrapped loop. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the wrapped loop of the pig bead. String the silver heart bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 3: Use a head pin to string the Swarovski cube, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to one end of the cable chain. Use a head pin to string the silver fancy bead, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the other end of the cable chain. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the chain at about 1/3 of its length. String 1 crystal bead, the silver tube bead, and 1 crystal bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 4: Use sterling silver wire to hang the Swarovski pendant with a wrapped loop. String 1 silver bead and close with a wrapped loop. Attach a wrapped loop then string the light rose Swarovski round and close with a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Favorite Things Cord Necklace

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How to Hang a Crystal Heart

I received this email yesterday:

Hello,

Just wanted to drop a note to thank you for the easy instructions on how to hang a crystal heart. Turned out very nicely!!

Denise Polgar / www.vixtria.com

Denise’s words inspired me to post this old tutorial I have at my RubyBayan Jewelry mini-site:

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My heart breaks every time I chip a crystal heart. I feel like I killed it. There are those fancy bails specifically used to hang crystals, but sometimes they don’t apply to the design I have in mind. There had to be some way to work with a crystal heart without killing it.

After a few “heartbreaking” attempts, I settled on a couple of very simple and super easy techniques that allowed me to hang several Swarovski AB hearts onto a chain bracelet with no breakage.

Let me share a simple how-to of the first technique (I made a pair of earrings so that I can take photos of the process). It’s followed by the second technique, and photos of the bracelet using both.

[I used 10mm Swarovski AB hearts and 24GA round half-hard 14K gold-filled wire.]

Bend wire.

Bend the wire (as shown) using your flatnose pliers.

Tip: To determine the distance between the two angles on the wire, check the depth of the heart’s hole, so that when you do the next steps, you have enough allowance to let the heart dangle freely. You don’t want to end up squeezing the crystal when you bring the vertical wire sections together.

Slip heart in.

Slip the heart in.
Tip: If the heart won’t slip in easily, don’t force it. Open the wire a little.

Make triangle.

Estimate where the wires will meet in a triangle above the crystal. Then bend the wires (one at a time) at that point.

Slip bead.

A bead holding the wires in place will minimize chipping that can be caused by the wrapping process. If you decide to do a wrap at this point, you will have to be very careful in holding the wires together without crushing the crystal.

Tip: Not all beads will let you thread two wires through, so you may want to take this into consideration before you finalize your design.

Position bead.

Slip the bead to secure the folded wire.
Tip: You may need to trim the short end of the wire so that it doesn’t stick out of the holding bead.

Make wire wrap.

Do the standard wrap.

Done!

And Voila!

My new, no-hearts-broken earrings.

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The regular bail technique using regular wire is also easy. Shape the wire into an open triangle, slip the heart in, and squeeze gently. Once the wire is in place, the heart won’t easily come off.
Tip: I can vouch only for gauges 24 and thicker for this technique. I haven’t tried it with a 26, which might be too fragile to hold up.

Triangle bail.

Heart on triangle bail.

Heart on triangle bail.

Below is a close-up of the bracelet I created using both techniques.  

Crystal Hearts Bracelet

Crystal Hearts Bracelet

And here’s the whole bracelet:

Crystal Heart Bracelet

Crystal Heart Bracelet

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Favorites Charm Bracelet

A few months after I started beading, I decided to make a “Favorites” charm bracelet. I made the 14K gold-filled chain links myself and I looked forward to attaching charms through the years.

The charms are representative beads from creations that mean a lot to me. Each charm is attached to a special story or a fond memory. I look at a charm and a stream of good feelings play in my head.

Favorites Charm Bracelet

Favorites Charm Bracelet

This reminds me, I have a few charms waiting to be added to the chain, a few more stories to include in my bracelet of memories.

I’m thinking maybe many years into the future, I will have constructed a dense and colorful charm bracelet with never-ending stories to pass on to new beaders starting out their own chain of fond memories.

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