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Brass and Agate


About this design:

I haven't made a necklace with this style wire frame in ages. However, I have been using the general shape with variations for bracelets. The beads are blue haze agate which I love to work with. I took the pictures on my front porch. Unfortunately the background I used was too dark and the light was too bright. The beads are translucent but they look opaque due to the light and the dark background. Live and learn.

I decided to make a fancy clasp for the necklace. Haven't made one of those in ages. Today must have been a day to revisit old designs.

Components:

14ga and 24ga red brass wire, blue haze agate beads, tiny gold color seed beads

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  1. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Wow, this is so feminine and pretty! Love those swirls and droplets.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beautiful necklace! It looks lightweight for summer.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wow LRC – Love this necklace. First thing I thought of was a sine wave. Love the graduated color of the big round beads. And the clasp is so unique.

  4. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Love, love, love!

  5. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    This necklace is awesome and shows your whimsy and musical look! I love it! The clasp resembles a treble clef. The stones are perfect for the crescendo. Love it!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Glad you all like it. I love the agate beads and have used them in several pieces of jewelry. I have 4 different sizes to work with so they are very handy for all sorts of designs.

  7. kye
    kye says:

    This is so beautiful! It flows so nicely and the dangles are a special touch.

  8. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Blue Haze Agate is a favorite of mine too. (Well, maybe I should say ALL Agate is a favorite!) I just love the rhythmic flow of your designs & how you wrap the beads within the wire. The added drops work well in this design & add extra personality to the focal.
    It’s always nice to make our own clasps–I’m working on one now for a design that’s almost finished–I have scraps of paper all over my desk with different swirl ideas. I must say, yours is the perfect shape! Very nice work. Oh, I forgot to ask–how long is the focal bar?

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for all of the nice comments, CC.

    The wire wave section is about 6 inches long before the big center curve is put in. I’ve used variations of this wire design many times. You can scrunch it up or stretch it out or square off the curves on the loops to make them flat similar to a Greek key. I’m not sure how long the piece of wire was that I worked with. My work is so precise. I just gestimate how much I’ll need then go from there.

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    It’s longer than I thought–thanks for letting me know!

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    MH says:

    Gorgeous!!

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