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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.

Green and White Braided Bracelet

I still have a lot of braided faux leather cord that I can use for quick-and-easy bracelets. So, let me share a basic leather cord design that you can get some kind of idea or inspiration from for your own creations.

Green and white braided leather cord bracelet

I chose the neon green strand and matched it with a white one. A lobster claw clasp is always safe to use, although it sometimes requires agile hands or a friend to put the jewelry on. A rather large jump ring is what I used to connect the leather cords in the middle of the design. Sterling silver wire helped hold the leather secure around the jump ring.

Braided faux leather cord, and findings

Six inches each of the green and white braided leather would be just right for a 6 to 7-inch bracelet. I folded each color in half and slipped them onto the focal jump ring, then wrapped about 2 inches of sterling silver wire around the fold to keep the leather in place.

Cord end caps and the lobster claw clasp attached with jump rings close the bracelet. A token attached to the focal jump ring completes the design.

Jump ring and wrapped sterling silver wire

And there’s another project that comes together in just minutes. Feel free to innovate. I’m happy to share basic designs that will inspire you to create your own.

Green and white braided leather cord bracelet

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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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Spiral Pendant

One fine morning, I was surprised to get a request from my son. He wanted to know how to make a spiral pendant. He said he’d seen it somewhere and is sure I could teach him how to do it. He wanted to encase a game dice in a wire spiral and hang it as a pendant on a leather cord.

It just so happened, I knew how to make a spiral to encase a game dice! Hah! Because my son lives in another hemisphere, the best way I could teach him how it’s done was to share step-by-step photos of the process. So, here are the shots I took of the 10 easy steps:

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Avalon

One of my first tries at wire wrapping is this piece I call “Avalon.” My brother said it looked Persian/Indian. I created this back in June 2005. I was never able to use it until Feb of this year, as an accessory to my attire for a Star Wars wedding.

Avalon

Avalon

My costume was a takeoff from the blue dress worn by Breha Organa, the Queen of Alderaan and stepmother of Princess Leia. The costume had a veil and it needed a pendant to hold the front ends together just above the knees. I tried looking around for pendant beads but this old wire-wrapped moss agate piece fit the bill perfectly.

Star Wars Costumes: Obi Wan Kenobi and Breha Organa

Star Wars Costumes: Obi Wan Kenobi and Breha Organa

Sometimes it takes years for a piece of jewelry to do what it was meant to.

Follow the stories here:

The Rosero Star Wars Wedding

My Breha Organa Star Wars Wedding Costume  (The Making)

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