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Still More Jewelry with Buttons and Leftovers

090901ButtonCopper Left: Another button closure necklace. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

If you would like to see additional necklaces in this recent series click on "Jewelry" in the category list and scroll to the August 29, 2009; September 4, 2009; and September 5, 2009 posts.

Here's another quick necklace you can make with just a few leftover components, a bit of wire, cord, and a button.

I used waxed cotton cord measured to the desired drape length with 2 inches added to allow for turnover and construction of the loops at each end.

On one end I made a loop large enough to slip over the selected button. On the other end I looped the waxed cotton through the button shank. I wrapped 22-gauge wire at the base of each loop and trimmed the excess cord and wire.


Even More Jewelry with Leftovers

090827copperdangles Left: Another necklace made with left over components. This necklace celebrates asymmetry. Click on the image to view an enlargement. See yesterday's post for another leftover necklace.

I like to use wire coils in my wire-wrapped necklaces, but I always end up with leftover bits. Every so often these bits reach critical mass, demand to be put away, recycled, or used. Happily I love asymmetrical necklaces more than anything. They are fun to make because they evolve as you work. You follow idea to idea, rethink, and make things work by reporposing them.

When the State Fair is going on I often find myself exhausted when I get home, and that's the perfect time to spend the evening with some leftover necklace components to create a quick necklace.

This necklace uses copper half-hard jewelry wire. I hand wrapped the hook and eye clasp parts. The focal point at the front bottom of the necklace is a bit of coiled wire (24-gauge) that I strung on 18-gauge wire which I looped at each end. I then carefully bent the coil and interior wire into a very open V so that any dangles I placed on it would hang down, and not move back and forth and cause the necklace to slide around on my neck. (Balance is important with asymmetrical necklaces. If the two sides don't weigh the same the necklace will never hang correctly and easily—important if you have a focal point, and unimportant if the entire necklace is the focus).


Using Leftovers: Making a “Collage” Necklace

Left: A necklace I made using bits and pieces left over from other projects; things waiting to be put away. (A) is a hook and eye clasp with an amethyst round bead made for another project. (B) is one of three loops of wire used in this necklace that were an experiment in wrapping finer guage wire around loops of wire to make necklace "components." (C) is a leftover ceramic bead that actually is more green than it looks in this image so it matches the green facetted beads elsewhere in the necklace. The necklace, like so much that I make, is made to be asymetrical. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

For some reason I have it in my mind that readers of my blog will be spending their weekend cleaning, and culling, and moving out old supplies. It's probably just me. But in that vein I happened last Saturday (a week ago) night to walk by a bead tray that was sitting on one of my work tables. There were several beads that really needed to be sorted out and put "back" so that they could have a life in another project.


Fun with Wire

Right: Necklace made with shrink plastic (approx. 1.25 inches square), wire, and glass beads. The blue triangular beads are strung on 22 gauge wire with a size 0/6 seed bead on either side and ended off with a wrapped loop. The coiled wire is strung on 22 gauge wire with a silver bead at each end and finished with a wrapped loop. Click on the image for an enlargement.

There are lots of things you can do with your journal sketches. The most obvious thing you can do with your journal sketches is turn them into paintings, based on those sketches. Whether you want to use your sketches or paintings made from those sketches, you can turn your artwork into unique jewelry.

About a year ago I started printing some of my sketches and paintings on shrink plastic (I was using an Epson R800 at the time and working with white Grafix Ink Jet Shrink Film). I would cut the printed images and punch holes, before heat shrinking them into small disks that I could use in necklaces or on pins.

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