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About this design:

One of my favorite things about my job is meeting and getting to know our amazing artists! I met Patricia Healey years ago in Tucson and have fallen more in love with her work, and her spirit, over the years. She is spunky, innovative, brilliant, hardworking and truly an inspiration. I love working with her work. But I will admit, I'm generally not a heart girl - still when I want to stretch, I look to Patty to inspire me. I see so many colors in her gorgeous copper patinas this heart was at once beautiful and cool. So I chose cool blues to ground the piece with accents of coppery peacocks and topaz. I also tried to respect her rustic interpretation with the stone nuggets mixed with soft silk ribbon and handmade chain. Let's see how we did.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut a length of copper handmade chain to 10 inches. Cut your ribbon to 36 inches. Knot the center of the ribbon to the middle link of your chain. Weave through the next link and knot on the next. Repeat on both sides until you reach the end of the chain. You'll use the ribbon ends to bow behind your neck when the necklace is finished.
Step 2:
Cut a strand of Beadalon.019 49 strand wire to about 14 inches. You may want to go a bit longer, as your stones may be a bit bigger than the ones I worked with. My finished length for this strand was 12 inches. Crimp the Beadalon to the last link of the chain through the knot of the ribbon. It's important that you attach it to the knot, otherwise it will slide down the link of chain and be visible.
Step 3:
String three Russian Amazonite tumbled nuggets followed by a 4mm medium topaz AB faceted rondelle crystal, a peacock heishi pearl, and another crystal. Repeat 5 times and finish with three more nuggets. Crimp the end to the knot at the other end of your chain.
Step 4:
Cut another length of Beadalon to about 16 inches and crimp in the same place. String a few inches of turquoise chips and add a 4mm Salsa CZ faceted bicone, repeat until you have about 7 inches. Don't worry about the placement of the CZs, you can just sprinkle them in as they appeal to your eye. At 7 inches, string your wire through one side of the Patricia Healey copper heart, continue to string the chips to the other loop on the heart, and then string to even out the sides and crimp on the other end. It's important to string the chips between the loops of the heart or the wire will show.
Step 5:
Cut a few inches of beading wire and double it over. Using the wire as a makeshift needle, pull the ribbon through a TierraCast antique copper cone on each side of the design. The chain will obviously not fit up inside the cone, but the cone will still hide the crimps and knots. Tie a bow at the back of the design. Add beads to the ends of the ribbon if you like, and you're done!

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Truckin Grandma Karen
    Truckin Grandma Karen says:

    i’m not a big heart person. but this is really cool. not to girly hearty. real like alot

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    J Stoops says:

    Great design. What size are the chips?

  3. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    This is very unique!

  4. Gabriela B
    Gabriela B says:

    Marvellous necklace, always the natural stones catch the eye!!!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Phenomenal! Love the whole design and the stone choices for Patricia’a heart is perfect! I’m not a heart person myself but this is rustic enough that I’d wear it!

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    J Yee smart chick says:

    Very stunning, LOVE the aqua stones with the fab copper pendant together!! :)

  7. Orchid Betty
    Orchid Betty says:

    Your choice of stones and chain complete the heart perfectly, gorgeous design!

  8. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Great design! :D

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    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    I love this necklace! Maybe I should start workng with copper… :-)

  10. Grams Gigi
    Grams Gigi says:

    This is great, I love copper and turquoise

  11. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    This is gorgeous, I have always liked copper and turquoise!!!

  12. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    Rebecca – very nice! I love the style – it’s that kind of thing that really wealthy people tend to wear, like blue jeans with a satin-and-velvet shirt. It doesn’t follow or set trends – it transcends them!

  13. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Gorgeaous and very earthy. The heart is beautiful, and the stones you chose really set it off wonderfully.

  14. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Very clever way of using the ribbon to get length w/o weight, and adding more visual/textural interest. Necklace is excellent!

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    Rebecca J says:

    Thanks so much for all the great feedback! The chips are a medium Chinese Turquoise, about 4-8mm. We should have more in stock soon!

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    Tanja L says:

    Just so wonderful….love turquoise with copper…great design!

  17. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    A wonderful necklace, Rebecca, I love turquoise and I love the heart, it’s just beautiful !

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    S Moyers says:

    This design makes me want to pull out my turquoise and create!

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    S Battis says:

    Do you know the hole size on the back of this heart? I work with kumihimo braids, and wondered if 8 cords of C-Lon would fit thru. Thanks

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    Rhonda H says:

    This is so beautiful! Thanks for showing it!

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