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From an ancient land (not) brass necklace


About this design:

The inspiration for this necklace came from a wonderful book a friend gave me some years ago. The book celebrated gold, jewellery and jems from ancient Egypt through to Cartier.

Amongst my favourite jewellery pieces are necklaces and earrings from ancient Egypt. Rich gold, bright turquoise, deep lapis lazuli and red coral come together in exuberant adornments. The necklace and earrings I made were inspired by the hand-crafted and textured Egyptian pieces.

For this necklace my colour palette was very limited, just bright and dark brass. I’ve hammered and textured brass flat washers bought from my local hardware store, made some large brass jump rings, and used smaller dark brass jump rings for the main parts of the necklace. Bead sets and a boho gold chain finish the necklace, while a smaller beaten washer is added to the earrings.

From an ancient land (not), but inspired by an ancient land and assisted by my local hardware store (yes).

Components:

Brass washers (from a hardware store, large handmade brass jump rings, purchased brass jump rings, brass daisy spacers, brass artistic wire for wraps, brass clasp, brass earring wires.



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this :)

  2. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Ah yes, this is a great design! My bracelet is a nice compliment to this set! Thanks for sharing that!

  3. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Great use of hardware. Pretty design.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is fab!

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful!

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I love how you ended up adding the Lapis by draping this beautiful set over a Lapis colored bowl! :)

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    L Rosendale says:

    Love this! Recently found some brass key tags at a hardware place for 52¢ per pig of 10. Plan to paint and make into charms.

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