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Lavender Amethyst

About this design:

I deem the necklace or neck collar the star of this show. I made this really out of necessity.
For my clothing, I do not wear pendants; I prefer a neck collar with a slide.
Here in South Carolina, the summers are hot (and fall and spring). My Omega collar is stifling, so I fashioned these from red brass, highly polished and twisted. Out of trial and mostly error, I have learned to seal this bear of a tarnish magnet. Now, I have a neck collar that breathes!

Components:

enough red brass wire, doubled. Twist with an electric drill. Add sterling silver end caps, jump rings for embellishment, One large amethyst (for pendant) gold plated on copper, potato chip spacers thread on 20gauge square, red brass wire, polished. One pair sterling silver end caps. Six silver jump rings. I made my own bail.

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  1. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Vivian – I love both of your necklaces. I wouldn’t have thought of using a drill for twisting. The effect is lovely. I was looking at your previous designs and saw that you asked about my hen. She’s not with me anymore (neighbors dog) but she was my favorite – Henelope was her name.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beautiful neck collar. I would never have thought to use an electric drill. I really understand about necklaces in the almost 48 weeks of heat a year. I live in “toe” of Texas 7 miles from the Mexican border. Heat is brutal to wearing necklaces.

  3. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    This is so pretty …I would have never guessed that it was twisted with a drill …thats so clever and the result is truly magnificent

  4. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Quite impressive….I love both of your necklaces! The Lavender Amethyst is just perfect.

  5. kye
    kye says:

    Both of your necklaces are so pretty. Twisted wire with a drill. Who knew? Not me but it’s a great look.

  6. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Both wonderful necklaces. I have seen the twisting with a drill many times. But I don’t try it. Why? Because I am so clumsy and I don’t trust myself with power tools, LOL. But much respect to you for braving it. You did a fine job of twisting the wire perfectly. The stones are so pretty as well. Yes, these necklaces are stars.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beautiful! The Amethyst pendants are absolutely lovely & are showcased exquisitely against the simplicity of the neck collars. The twisting of the wire has a very professional look and adds much to the artistry of the pieces. I know what you mean about wearing necklaces in the summer–the ‘finish’ can be worn right off of pearls, gemstones, metals, etc. I often find myself reaching for necklaces with simple glass in the back to alleviate that problem. You’ve found a great solution. What do you seal the brass with? Great work Vivian! :)

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Wonder demo of perseverance and practicality! Seems like these could easily have interchangeable pendants, too, if the bails are large enough to slip over one end. Beautiful work!

  9. Beadopera
    Beadopera says:

    This neckpiece is gorgeous! It’s rare to find designs using neckpieces and hand crafted ones at that. Thanks for sharing your lovely design.

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