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Pod Collage Necklace

About this design:

The inspiration for this necklace was actually my mom. I had her birthday quickly approaching and wanted to make a great necklace that she could easily wear in the winter as well as the summer. I love to mix metals in designs, especially when I'm making something as a gift or to sell. Having 2 or more complimentary metals makes it so everyone can be happy :-) Wrapping the channel bead with WoolyWire was so easy and added fab texture. She loved it! Now I want to make one for myself. What do you like to fill in the channel beads?

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2' of sterling silver chain (to be doubled over)
  • 6" of hamilton gold chain (should be a larger chain)
  • hook
  • your favorite color in WoolyWire
  • channel bead or channel bead charm
  • trinkets - flower crystal charm, large & small poppy pod charm, lamp work glass bead
  • collection of textured rings for attaching trinkets and beads

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
To create the neck chain, take the 2' of silver chain and double over. Drop the 2 ends through one of the holes of the dianthus link. Pull through until just a little of the fold of chain is left on the other side of the link. Do a lark's head knot using the chain.
Step 2:
Connect the silver chain ends to the hook using WoolyWire. Wrap a bunch so you can see the color and for stability.
Step 3:
Take the larger chain in hamilton gold attach to the open hole on the dianthus link. Attach a large rope jump ring to the opposite end of the chain, this is for the hook to attach to.
Step 4:
Take your channel bead and wrap with WoolyWire until filled.
Group your trinkets and beads to be clustered as the focal and begin attach using your selection of jump rings. I attached mine just off center on the gold chain.

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  1. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Very cool design..lots going on here.

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    I LOVE IT !!! :D

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is fantastic!!

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Great design Ali. I love how you used the wooley wire. I crack up at the name “wooley” wire.. :)

  5. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    How long is the necklace?

  6. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love design! Fab piece!

  7. Frida
    Frida says:

    Great design!! The woolywire also adds softness to the piece I think. I haven’t used the chanell beads yet.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Your pieces are always so different and so fantastic. You use so many componets together that I had not even thought about. Love this.

  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Very cool Ali. I’m beginning to like the mixed metals. I have some of the Nunn Design leaves in all metals my wish list. I like how you’ve mixed in a Boro bead… for a pop of color and shine.

    I bought a channel bead with the intent of wrapping it with Sari silk. I think I’m going to dangle a couple chunky gemstones with it.

  10. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Very cool!

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    K Totten says:

    I love this!!!

  12. Ali
    Ali says:

    The neck chain comes in around 18″-19″, however with the focal collage it feels longer.

    Thanks for all the nice comments!
    I think Sari would be really nice to wrap on a channel bead as well, I just love its “rawness”.

  13. Terri O
    Terri O says:

    I need some design ideas using the rustic pieces from the Lipstick Ranch rustic pieces

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    johnsonelaine1952 says:

    So glad I saw this necklace for inspiration. Love wooly wire, but have never used it. I also ordered the channel bead. Think this will be a great project to try as far as using the wooly wire for the first time. Think I have everything I need. Hope mine will turn out as pretty as yours.

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