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Raven Necklace

About this design:

Not hardly as gothic as an Edgar Allen Poe poem, this Raven is waiting to fly away to a new studio. This little guy can also stand is as a cute crow bead - just put him next to a sunflower and he'll start signing you country tune. My inspiration for these whimsical birds was to create a folky looking bead that seemed like it was plucked from a long neglected garden. Wear them as a little reminder to let your creativity take flight.


Raven Humblebeads bead, 32" silk cord, 1 brass filigree ring, 1 brass branch, 3 brass 15mm jump rings, 1 brass leaf blank, 1 brass leaf charm, 1 arte metal key, 1 brass flower beadcap, 5 etched jump rings, 3 gunmetal ball headpins, 1 8mm pyrite bead, 2 6mm labradorite faceted rondelles, 20" brass colored wire 24 gauge

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut the wire into two 10" lengths, set one aside. 3" from the top of the wire create a wrapped loop and continue wrapping the wire around the loop to create the desired texture.
Step 2:
String the raven onto the wire. Wrap the wire around the branch a few times and create a double loop at the bottom, wire-wrap the bottom loop. Continue wrapping the wire around the wrapped loop, the branch and under the raven with the rest of the length of wire. Use the other 10" of wire to wrap the section again, alternating around the branch, under the bird the wrapped looped at the bottom.
Step 3:
On a large jump ring string the two brass leaves and the key. Create a dangle with a headpin and labradorite bead, end with a wrapped loop. Add the dangle to the large jump ring. Attach the jump ring to the loop at the bottom of the pendant.
Step 4:
Attach the brass filigree ring to the bird pendant with a large jump ring. Add another large jump ring to the top of the filigree ring. Create two wrapped loop dangles on the headpins, one a labradorite bead and the other with the pyrite bead and beadcap.
Step 5:
String the cord through the top jump ring and tie a knot. On the cord string 5 etched jump rings to hide the knot . Use a drop of beaders' glue on the last jump ring to secure it to the cord.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love this sweet little raven! I need to go shopping…

  2. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    What a coincidence, I just pinned this from your board a few days ago. I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I’m just in love with almost everything you design Heather. This is really cool…

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic, thank you for the tutorial :D

  5. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Heather, This is GREAT! As an English teacher, I am rather fond of odd Mr. Poe and his raven! :)
    I really like the labradorite and pyrite as the bird’s nest.
    I have a crazy owl pendant that has been needing attention. I’m going to adapt your design idea to let him sit on a branch with the dangle leaves. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Gorgeous piece! Love that raven/crow bead!!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    love this!!

  8. NY Bella
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  9. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    I love it. This would be fantastic with a white top and jeans :)

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    Mishele s says:

    Do you carry all the supplies needed?

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    Myrna g says:

    I love it .i have been trying new ideas with little birds and etc. I really like your idea and i plan to make it. Thanks, myrna

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