"It is at the edge of a petal that love waits."
- William Carlos Williams
There is something romantic about the look of the delicate roses and the antique brass findings, vintage romance~Victorian perhaps. The uncomplicated simplicity is key in this design. Suspending tiny rose beads from a trio of loops of antique brass chain to create a unique focal divided by antique brass spacer beads.
Karla Schafer, Aunties Beads Designer
I will be using Rosary Loops in this construction, so please watch the Rosary Loops Video for a "how to".
- Insert the end of the beading chain into the crimp end finding. (I found these to be a little hard, so you may need to ream the opening and "twist" the chain into the finding).
- I like to get the chain into the top of the finding before I am satisfied enough to crimp it. Crimp it by using Chain Nose Pliers or Designer Crimp Tool.
- Measuring from the top of the crimp tube, 2" of chain, cutting with the nipper tool.
- String a red rose bead onto the chain, it maybe tight, again the reamer or an awl may be needed, slide the bead to the top and then down to the position it will stay, about an 1/8" from the bottom of the crimp finding.
- Add a jump ring to the link finding and close.
- Please heed this warning for this step...Zap-a-Gap is strong, be careful when using it...you may find yourself glued to the bottle...I did. Gently move the rose down, add a drop of glue and quickly and preciously move the bead back in place, 1/8" from the bottom of the crimp finding.
- Set aside.
- Cut another piece of beading chain, 16" in length and repeat Step 1-2 for one end only!
- Separate a three loop series from the chain keeping link finding on each end loop by prying open one side of the link finding and close.
- Drop a turquoise rose bead onto a head pin, measuring from the top of the bead, snip it to 5/8" and create rosary loop at the end with the wire looping pliers on the mid tip level to make a loop.
- Add the dangle to the bottom of the first loop of the three link section.
- Repeat Step 10 for the other end link.
- Assemble the necklace by stringing the following on the 16" beading chain: 3 ab spacer beads; thread the chain through the top hole of the chain link finding of one of the ends; 3 ab spacer beads; thread the chain through the jump ring of the beading chain with the red rose; 3 ab spacer beads; thread the chain through the top hole of the chain link finding of the last end; 3 ab spacer beads.
- Ensuring all the rose beads are facing the same direction, add the crimp end to the loose end of the chain and crimp as before.
- Using two pairs of pliers add jump rings to both ends and add a trigger clasp to one to complete the necklace.
8mm Composite Rose Bead Strand, Red- 2pc
8mm Composite Rose Bead Strand, Turquoise- 1pc
Antique Pewter Brass 4mm Faceted Bead Strand- 12pc
Antique Brass Beading Chain By The Foot, .07mm- 18"
Antique Brass Crimp End For Beading Chain- 3pc
Antique Brass Ring Chain By The Foot, 14mm- 3"
Antique Brass Plated 2 inch Head Pins, 21 Gauge, Bag of 10- 2pc
Antique Brass Jump Rings, Open, 1.6 Gram Bag, 5mm, 20 Gauge- 3pc
Wire Looping Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers