As the nights draw in and the weather starts to turn cold, my thoughts start to turn to the festive season and all that that entails. All those beautiful warm, bright and vibrant colours to look forward to working with and party jewellery to make! And who could fail to be cheered up by this brilliant red crystal flower necklace, with all its sparkle and shine? Teamed up with warm copper wire, the glints of copper in the Goldstone and finished off with the detail of the tiger eye, and a splash of red crystal in the necklace this is sure to be a head turner at that office Christmas party.
Flush cut three 40cm lengths of 0.9mm copper wire. Lay the three wires parallel and, beginning 10cm from one end, using a 1m length of 0.5mm copper wire, begin a basket weave as follows: coil three times around wires 1 and 2, pass the weaving wire around wire 2 and coil three times around wires 2 and 3, pass the weaving wire behind all three frame wires. Weave in this way for roughly 5cm.
Use your fingers to gently form the woven section of wires into a spiral shape. Fan the six frame wires out, into a roughly even circular shape, ready to thread on your petal beads to form the flower. It does not matter if the wires cross each other at this stage as this will be to the rear of your finished pendant.
Thread five heart beads in turn onto five of the fanned out tail wires, leaving one tail wire free to form a bail. When you thread on a heart bead, place it widest side first, trim the tail wire to a length of 2cm and form a decorative spiral. Make sure that all the spirals are formed in the same direction. At this point you can manipulate your petals so they lay flat.
Use flat nose pliers to fold the remaining tail wire back on itself, roughly 3cm along its length. Use the flat nose pliers to squeeze the fold together so that the wires will be parallel. Take the tail of the 0.5cm weaving wire and coil these two wires together until you reach 5mm from the fold. Leave the remainder of the unwoven 0.9mm wire for later use.
Wrap the coiled wires around a 7mm mandrel (a knitting needle can also be used for this task) from front to back. Use the remaining 0.5mm weaving wire to secure the mandrel to the frame at the rear of your design. You can also use this wire to secure the tail wires previously laid across the centre when you fanned the wires out at Step 2. Trim and secure this tail wire.
Take the remaining tail wire you left at Step 4 and form it into a closed spiral to the centre of the rear of your flower design. This will cover any unsightly weaving wire, and also have the effect of preventing any trimmed wires snagging the skin or clothes when the necklace is worn. Press the completed spiral into the centre gently with your fingers.
Secure a 50cm length of 0.5mm wire to the base of the bail, coiling three times. Add three 4mm tiger eye beads and coil once around the wire holding a heart bead. Repeat this until you have a full circle of tiger eye beads around the centre of your flower. Trim and secure this wire neatly around the base of the bail.
Flush cut a 4cm length of 0.9mm copper wire. Form a loop in the centre around a 5mm mandrel. Open this loop and thread the bail of your flower through it. Form inward loops to either end of the wire around a 3mm mandrel. Make eyepins with 0.9mm wire, thread on a sequence of beads: 1 tiger eye, 1 goldstone, 1 red crystal rondelle, 1 goldstone and 1 tiger eye and close the loop. Make eight of these.
Make 12 small figure of eight connectors with 0.9mm wire and work harden with a nylon hammer on a steel bench block. Make the chain of the necklace by adding the beaded connectors and the figure of eight connectors alternately, beginning with a beaded connector, added to the loops either side of the bail of the flower. End the chain with three consecutive figure of eight connectors. Make a further figure of eight connector and hammer this flat with a chasing hammer on the bench block.
Flush cut an 8cm length of 0.9mm copper wire. Fold in half and squeeze the two sides together with flat nose pliers. Form outward loops, in opposite directions to each of the wires. Bend the two parallel wires around an 8.5mm mandrel. This is the hook of your clasp, attach to one end of the chain, and attach the extra figure of eight connector made at Step 9 to the opposite end of the chain.
Make a pair of super simple matching earrings. Form a closed spiral to one end of a 6cm length of 0.9mm copper wire, thread on a heart bead and form a simple loop. Then simply add a pair of matching earwires.