I designed it around the gorgeous blue, large sliced agate pendant. It took me a while to find the right beads, shapes, colors....finally it feels everything came together. I wish I had a glass display case, I could just put it in there and admire it.
I have always been fascinated by stones and I love the look of sliced agate pendants. Finally I was able to use one I absolutely love. And I got to use one my favorite findings! I have been asked before what are some tools or materials I always use or could not do without when it comes to jewelry making. First, it's wire protectors! These little bitty horseshoe shaped findings help prevent fraying at the clasp.
Which is the most common place for wire to weaken and eventually break. I use it in all of my jewelry. I discovered them a few years ago, when they were only available in just a few places. Today, you can even find them at Hobby Lobby!
They are super simple to use, just thread the wire through, add the clasp and the crimp bead, crimp, and start stringing!
bails, which are fun, easy and look great too!
|Picture is from Artbeads.com|
Here is a simple bail. There are beautiful designs out there that can make a pendant really stand out. No need to fuss with jump rings or making the perfect loop from wire. Just put the pendant in the middle of the bail, push small tooth into the hole of the pendant and squeeze the bail shut. That's it. In about 3 seconds, you have a great pendant ready to put on a chain for a simple necklace.
If you want to spice up your design a bit with charms, add them before you close the bail shut.
That's it. Bails and wire guardians make your life much easier and add so much to your piece!
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