Spring is upon us and romantic looks are de rigeur this time of year. Whether one is 8 or 80, a soft pink shade never fails to brighten the complexion and conversely the mood. This pretty, feminine necklace pairs rose quartz with bloodstone, copper and oxidized gold. You could make this longer to wear it opera length and have the option to double it up, make it shorter for a choker length or keep it just as it is. The choice, darling, is entirely yours. - Margot
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In the Pink Necklace
JLW4430 7 22x15mm rose quartz faceted octagonal melon beads
JLW1464 13 12x12mm rose quartz faceted briolette beads
JSKIT005 Square and half round copper practice wire
JSKIT0014 Fancy textured brass wire
"In the Pink" Necklace Project Tools list from Jewel School by JTV
PLIER27 Round nose pliers
PLIER22 Chain nose pliers
PLIER25 Flush cutters
Note: I used a variation on a technique and the square and half round copper wire from the Beadalon Advanced Wire Wrapping kit. You can find this kit here.
How to Make Your Own "In the Pink" Necklace
1. To wrap the briolettes, cut off a 1.5” segment of textured fancy wire. Thread wire into the side drilled hole at top of briolette, leaving a shorter segment (about .5”) on one side than the other. Grasp both wires with round nose pliers and bend longer wire, turn a loop and wrap the tail around both wires working down until you reach the end of your wire and you’ve covered the shorter tail completely. Cut off any excess wire with flush cutters and tuck tail flush with chain nose pliers. Repeat for all 13 beads.
2. The other beads are double coil looped. Insert a 2” segment of wire into a rose quartz melon. Loop and coil both ends using round nose pliers. Cut off excess wire with flush cutters and tuck tails under with chain nose pliers. Repeat for all 7 melon beads. Use a 1.5” segment of wire for the bloodstone beads, repeating the same process.
3. The copper links are s-hooks and florals. To make the 6 floral segments, bind three 2” segments of square copper wire with a .5” segment of half round copper wire. Please see instructions in Advanced Wire Wrapping booklet for detail. Instead of looping the outer wires inward, turn them outward to form a flower. The center wire should be looped first, followed by the two outer wires. Repeat for all six segments.
4. To make the s-hooks, cut a 1” segment of wire. Mark wire center with permanent marker. Grasp one end of wire and turn a loop to center mark. Repeat with opposite wire end. Make 15 of these.
5. To make the wire hook, cut off a 3” segment of square copper wire. Loop one end over round nose pliers and coil wrap wire around top of loop. Bend wire over your permanent marker or an 8mm dowel. Make a small loop in the open end of wire with your round nose pliers.
6. To assemble necklace start with hook and attach elements together in the following pattern by gently opening and closing your handmade copper links. Bloodstone, s-hook, rose quartz melon, s-hook, bloodstone, flower, bloodstone, s-hook, rose quartz melon, s-hook, bloodstone, flower, bloodstone, s-hook, rose quartz melon...repeat this pattern until you reach the 14th bloodstone round followed by a final s-hook.
7. To add the briolettes, use a thin dowel (3-4mm) to create small textured wire jump rings. Cut rings from coil and use to attach the briolettes to the coiled end of each rose quartz barrel. You can opt to use pre-made jump rings if you prefer.