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Curse of Loving Fall Necklace

About this design:

This necklace is cursed. I wanted to make a piece that incorporated metal that I had stitched together along with the concept of fall leaves. I have been working on this piece for 4 weeks. Every time I would try to work on it at home the kids would wake up from their naps early, crying or wanting to sit on my lap and "help" me. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, but they are not great helpers (yet). If it wasn't the kids, something else would always get in the way! I finally finished it and I love it, but every time I look at it, I just get frustrated :)

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 7" or so of copper chain
  • clasp
  • 6 crimps
  • 2 6" lengths of beading wire to be used for 2 3.5" beaded lengths for the outer strands connecting to the leaf
  • 14" length of beading wire to be used for the 10" beaded inside strand
  • 7 4.75mm jump rings
  • 2 7.25mm jump rings
  • 2 eye pins
  • 9 head pins
  • 4 4" lengths of copper wire
  • 8" length of copper wire for wrapping with bird -24" length of copper wire for stitching
  • gemstone beads for stringing and making charms
  • 2 69x15mm artisan copper blanks
  • 2 leaf pendants
  • 1 ceramic bird bead

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
When creating the focal for this necklace, you will first need to take the 2 copper blanks and punch 7 holes along the top and bottom of each.
Step 2:
Cross stitch the two pieces together using 24 gauge copper wire. Don't worry if it looks a little messy, you can attribute that to the artisan feel of the necklace. Once the 2 blanks are stitched together, add wire wrapped gemstone charms along the bottom at all 7 holes to bring in some weight and fall flutter.
Step 3:
This step is so simple but worth noting since the leaf drop only has one hole at the top of the leaf and I wanted to use it as a connector at the focal. Create a loop at the middle of the stem using your round nose pliers. Using your needle nose or flat nose pliers, gently press the loop until the stem end meets the leaf. Now attach the leaf to your focal using a larger jump ring and attach the beaded strands to your stem loop.

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  1. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    WOW. <> !! Beautiful, inspiring design Ali.

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Ali, you have a gift for putting together the most beautiful, eclectic pieces. The mixture of metals, stones, beads and techniques is visually so interesting.

  3. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Absolutely amazing! 8O

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    OOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I’m speachless!! OOOOOOOOO!!!
    So glad you stuck it out through all the interruptions and frustration, Ali! The end result is amazing!

  5. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    How fun and funky! Pretty colors.

  6. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Great design!!

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks to all of you. I had actually planned on this necklace being really long (below my chest), but the leaves didn’t want to lay flat. Things hang much differently on than when they are on your bead board! My lesson learned is to remember to work between my neck or display neck and my bead board.

  8. jdbeast1
    jdbeast1 says:

    I love the funky design and all the different components to look at.Some of my most popular necklaces are what i call “kitchen sink designs” – just so many varied and unexpected things put together. I laughed @ your description of how it hung differently once you put it on – I have a necklace that I spent a lot of time & money on, lots of sterling & malachite & marcasite, only to find that when I put it on, the two ‘flowers’ hit my collarbones and flipped over every time ! Spent a lot more time re-designing and re-making it, but now I’m satisfied with it. :)

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    jedfred says:

    This is a beautiful piece. I would have to buy the items to make the piece a little at a time.

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    Janetmarie V says:

    Copper always makes my skin a strange color. Is there something I can use to seal [?] the copper chain? Thanks!

  11. spidereyesburn
    spidereyesburn says:

    I am really admiring your work! We have very similar aesthetic tastes, I think. You’re very creative and inspiring! Thanks for sharing your work here!

  12. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    HONESTLY!!! you gals that can do EVERYTHING in jewelry – poly clay beads, cutting metal shapes, wire work, patina -ing metal; that’s what gets me frustrated. I could IF I wanted to do messy, but messy is wa-a-ay off my list of desires.

    Oh, by the way Ali – the necklace is to die for; I just love it

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    Phyllis R says:

    Sometimes our inner vision doesn’t cooperate with what evolves on the board. And sometimes our mood or what’s going on in our lives cloud the waters. I’m in that place right now, but I try to stay gentle with myself and allow my creative energy grow and manifest itself as it will. That said, I feel your frustration, but the end result is worth it. This piece is truly beautiful and unique, and makes a powerful statement.

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