A couple weeks ago I showed you a new necklace (to me anyway) that I had made and plan to add to my shop. I called it the Shades of Dawn necklace and I put together a second together with step by step photo directions!!
And I cleaned the bathroom, did dishes--
dry heaved three times while I put leftovers down the garbage grinder--wiped down counters...and that did me in for the afternoon!
So I was pretty tickled with myself that I thought to take step by step photos of the process!
Here she is in all her glory...
the Shades of Dawn Necklace TUTORIAL!!
Materials: satin in your choice of color, matching felt, 8 pearls or beads of choice, chain, alligator clasp, 1 jump ring and eye pins. You'll also need round nose pliers--flat nosed pliers would be nice but you can get away with just round nosed ones as well.
Step 1. Cut a strip of satin that is 60+" long by 1 1/2" wide. As in the photos, fold over one side, apply a line of hot glue, then glue the other side down on the top. Do this for the entire 60".
Step 2. Tie a knot at one end of the strip. Wrap the strip of fabric around the knot one complete time. Apply a dot of glue. Twist the fabric upwards once. Apply a dot of glue. When it's a tiny bud, you'll get 2 twists in the fabric for each complete time around. As it grows, you'll be able to do 3 twists. By the end of the rosette, you should be twisting the fabric about 5 times in one time around the circle. Does that makes sense? I apply a dot of glue after each twist I make. It can be slow going, but when I do NOT do this, the flower is not always as sturdy.
Step 3. Once your rosette is about 2" in diameter, you will end it by clipping the end of the fabric off, fold and twist the tail behind the rosette and then glue the remainder to the back of the rosette.
Step 4. Feed an eye pin through a pearl. If you are NOT familiar with this bit of jewelry making, head over to Amie at Kittycats and Airplanes. She did an amazing job in a series of basic jewelry making skills.
Using your round nose pliers, bend the straight end of the eye pin to a 90* angle, then wrap it around the round nose pliers creating another 'eye' on the other end of the pearl. Repeat this process with all 8 pearls.
I completely forgot to photograph this next part, but connect each pearl to the next until you have a chain of pearls like below.
Step 5. Cut a circle of felt and a circle of satin that is slightly larger than the felt circle. Using 2 eyepins, lay them together with the eyes facing the outside of the circle. Make sure you have your rosette positioned the way you would like it to be on your necklace. Put a line of glue over top to hold them in place. Glue the felt down over top of the eyepins. **You may have to clip the ends of the eye pins if they're too long** Take the circle of satin and heat seal all around the edge with a lighter. Glue the satin circle over top of the felt.
Step 6. Determine the length you want your necklace. Attach one end of the pearl chain to your rosette. Attach your chain the other end of the rosette and complete the circle by attaching the other end of the chain to the opposing end of the pearl chain. Determine how you want your necklace to fall. I like the rosette to align with the top of the pearls on the other side. Decide where you want your clasp to be and open your chain to create two ends. Attach your clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other.
You should now have a complete Shades of Dawn Necklace and a perfect satin rosette :)
I love all of the 'petals' in the rosette! Beautiful!
I am creating a number of these necklaces to do a facebook only sale in a couple weeks. Please keep watch if you're interested inpurchasing one because my prices on facebook are always better than my prices on etsy!!
Be sure to like me on facebook to find out when this great sale is going to begin!
Should would love to see your creations if you decide to make one!