Accent Yourself Handcrafted Jewelry

My name is Barb Macy and this is my blog for Accent Yourself Handcrafted Jewelry. I work with sterling silver wire & sheet and enjoy using beads and sea glass in my work and really been enjoy chain maille projects. I gladly accept custom orders. I have a website for my jewelry at www.accentyourself.com.

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Location: Mequon, Wisconsin, United States

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Briolette Flower Pendant Tutorial

I've written a guide on how to make Briolette Flower Pendants a couple of years ago. I saw something similar to these demonstrated on a couple other websites, but decided to change it up a bit for myself and "make it my own"! I'm sure I didn't invent this technique, but you are free to make as many of these cute little flowers as you want! When finished, I string them on a leather choker, finished with sterling silver ends & a clasp. They also look great on a sterling silver omega chain or a wire choker.

I use both semi-precious and glass briolette beads and a variety of smaller beads for the center of the flower. For the wire-wrapped portion, I use 22 ga. dead soft sterling silver wire. To sew the smaller beads into the center, I use .010 or .014 SoftFlex beading wire. When finished, I tumbler the entire pendant to harden & shine the wire. You could also tumble the pendant before you sew in the center beads.

Pictured above are some examples of finished pendants. I typically use flat faceted briolette/teardrop beads that are about 12mm x 18mm & side drilled -- sometimes smaller ones, which make really cute flowers. I've also made the smaller flowers into rings (see below). With the 12 x 18mm size beads, the finished flower is approximately 2 inches in diameter.

To view my tutorial, it is published on my website at http://www.accentyourself.com/. Here is a direct link . . . Briolette Flower Tutorial. Feel free to use my techniques in your jewelry making activities. If you are going to sell these using this technique, all I ask is that you give me a little credit......thanks!

Here is a link to a wonderful tutorial on how to make wrapped wire ends for leather cord, by Cheryl Coccaro, of Gypsy Woman Designer Jewelry. It is an AWESOME technique & they hold up beautifully. I use this technique on all my leather cord necklaces now. I attach a jump ring and a lobster clasp to the ends. Previously, I used hook & eye crimp ends to finish the choker, however, I had too many of them break, fall off, and just not work properly. This is a MUCH more secure technique for finishing leather cord. Thanks, Cheryl!

Enjoy making these cute flowers. They are a great piece to wear in Spring & Summer and make a great gift for the gardener in your life!

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