Make a metallic bouquet with Jill Alblas' necklace set
What you need...
- NECKLACE Red and orange beads, assorted sizes, Copper sheet, Copper head pins, Copper chain, 3mm x 72cm, Copper jump rings, Copper eyelets, Copper crimp beads, Copper toggle clasp, Felt
- TOOLS Pliers, round-nosed, flat-nosed, snipe-nosed, Wire cutters, Embossing tool with round tip, Dremel Versatip, Glue gun, Craft tweezers, Crimping pliers, Ballpoint pen, Scissors, Eyelet setter, Embossing mat, Non-stick baking paper
Necklace - 1. Download the flower and bib templates from the link above, print and cut out. Place the bib pattern onto a sheet of copper, draw firmly around the outline with a ballpoint pen and cut out. Set eyelets as indicated on the pattern. Thread an eyelet with 36cm of chain. Fix a jump ring to each end of the chain, then attach to a toggle clasp. Repeat to thread and secure the other eyelet. Glue the threaded bib onto a piece of felt. Leave the glue to dry, then trim. Thread four head pins with two to four beads, then secure with a crimp bead. Glue two beaded head pins at each side of the bib to give a spray effect.
2. To create the main flower, place the large and medium flower patterns onto a copper sheet and draw firmly around the outline with a pen. Trim the flowers and place them on an embossing mat. Rub and burnish the copper flowers firmly with the tip of an embossing tool so the copper is shaped and the petals are curled. Insert the flame tip in a Versatip and turn to the maximum setting. Hold one of the copper flowers with tweezers and heat with the flame. The copper will start to take on a variety of hues. As soon as this happens, remove the flame and place the copper flower onto a heatproof surface.
3. Repeat with the second copper flower, then glue onto the centre of the bib. Create five beaded head pins as before, then glue into the middle of the flower so that they radiate outwards. Make a medium-sized copper flower and adhere on top to cover the ends of the head pins. Trim the heads from five head pins and bend into petal shapes. Glue the tips in the centre of the flower. Thread a small, then medium bead onto a head pin. Trim the head pin close to the medium bead and secure with glue. Leave to set, then stick into the middle of the flower so the ends of the head pin petals are covered.
4. Make two medium and two small copper flowers. Glue the medium size flowers each side of the large flower. Adhere a small flower in the centre of each. Trim and bend head pins into petal shapes and stick them in the middle of the small flowers. Make the centres by threading a couple of beads onto a head pin, then gluing them into the centre of the small flowers.
Make it yours - To create matching earrings, attach beaded head pins and decorative chains to jump rings, then attach to earwires.