Retired - French Lace Necklace

PROJECT N611
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Layers of filigree in tones of brass, wine purple, and white set the scene for this fascinating necklace. A solitary bird adds a romantic touch and Swarovski crystal beads add just the right amount of elegance.
Instructions
  1. Begin by cutting 4 lengths of 24 gauge wire, 3 inches long each. Take one piece of wire and create a wrapped wire loop on one end. Thread onto the wire: 1 Swarovski crystal 4mm bicone, 1 Vintaj Arte Metal bead cap, 1 Czech glass fire polished bead in metallic brown iris, another bead cap and another 4mm bicone. Create a wrapped wire loop at the top and cut off excess wire with flush cutters. Repeat with the other 3 lengths of wire.
  2. Cut 2 lengths of chain, 3 1/2 inches long each. On one end of one chain length, open the loop at the bottom of your clasp hook and attach it to the chain. Close the loop. On the other end of this same chain, attach one of the dangles you made above using a 4mm jump ring. Take the other piece of chain you cut and open a 9.5mm jump ring and attach it to one end, close the jump ring (this will be used as the second half of your clasp). On the other end of this same chain, attach one of the dangles you made above using a 4mm jump ring.
  3. Open a 4mm jump ring and place onto it the wrapped wire loop on the other end of the dangle hanging from a chain piece from the step above. Before closing this jump ring, also link onto it in this order: 1 Vintaj brass Etruscan connector with the hollow section facing the item you are going to add next, 1 18mm round purple filigree (link through one of the outer loops), and another Vintaj connector with the hollow section facing the purple filigree. Close the jump ring. See photo for a better idea of how this will look. Go to the other end of your Etruscan connecters and link them together with 4mm jump ring. Before closing the jump ring, attach to it the wrapped wire loop ontop of one of the dangles you made in step one. Close the jump ring. Open another 4mm jump ring and attach it to the other end of the dangle you just connected. Close the jump ring. Repeat this entire step attaching the above items to the other length of chain/clasp. Set aside.
  4. We are now going to make the main body of our necklace. Refer to the photo often for clarification on placement of items.
  5. In front of you, lay out the following: Vintaj large clover filigree angled so it looks like a diamond not a square, debossed side facing up. On top of it place the large oval shaped purple filigree so that it is centered on the filigree from side to side but from the top to bottom orientation, it should be sitting lower on the filigree - the top of it lining up with the beginning of the top protruding clover petal. Now on the east and west clover petals, carefully insert about 1/4" inch of the tip of one of your white filigree stampings between the brass clover and the purple oval. You want the white piece sandwiched between the two others. Now look and find a place where all 3 filigree's have an open-work hole exposed. Through this hole, place a rivet. Now holding everything together with your fingers, carefully turn upside down and place on a bench block. The end of the rivet should be sticking up now, place onto it a Vintaj decorative washer and then rivet together.
  6. Place on a bench block one rivet sticking upright and place onto it the outer loop of one Vintaj 20mm flower filigree. Now take the large filigrees you just riveted slide onto the rivet the outer loop of the white filigree you have already riveted. Next, place ontop of that a Vintaj decorative washer. Rivet these items together .
  7. Take one of your purple 18mm filigrees and using a round hole punch plier, punch the center of the filigree. There is already a hole there but we need it to be bigger for the rivet.
  8. Place onto a bench block one rivet sticking upright and place onto it through the center hole the purple filigree from the above step. On top of the purple filigree place one of the outer loops of the Vintaj 20mm flower filigree which was riveted two steps ago. Place on top of this, a Vintaj decorative washer. Rivet.
  9. On an outer loop of the purple filigree you just riveted, place a jump ring and link that jump ring to one of the beaded dangles which is connected to all the other filigree and chain you worked on in the beginning steps.
  10. You have just completed the one entire side of your necklace. Repeat the last 5 steps on the other side of your large clover filigree/purple oval filigree center piece.
  11. Let the fun begin! Time to add some sparkle and decoration.
  12. On the back side of a white filigree, place a small amount of E6000 glue in the middle, using a toothpick or small piece of wire to apply it. Turn right side up and center on your purple oval filigree (your center piece). Press into place. As you press, E6000 will seep out the 4 middle holes. Take 4 flat back Swarovski rhinestones and place them directly on top of each hole. Let dry.
  13. Using your round nose pliers, gently curve the top clover petal up and over the purple and white filigrees below it. You can use your fingers too but it can be easier to use a tool. See photo for how much to curve. Attach a jump ring to the very tip (which is now facing downward) and attach a Vintaj Arte Metal bird with the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
  14. Take 4 Vintaj Arte Metal bead caps and place a dab of E6000 glue on the back of each. Glue directly on top of your rivets - on all 4 spots where you attached a purple filigrees using rivets. Press down. As you press, some of the glue will seep through the middle hole. At these spots, place a flat back Swarovski rhinestone. See the photo.
  15. If you like, you can now go back to your finished piece, and using your fingers, bend the filigree - you don't need to do this, but you can add shape to the piece if you like - just be careful not to bend it too much.
  16. Enjoy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • PND-7265 - Vintaj Natural Brass Decorative Pinwheel Washer Flowers 7.5mm (10)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • PND-7285 - Vintaj Arte Metal Watchful Bird Charms 17x16mm (2)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • FCO-4606 - Vintaj Natural Brass Etruscan 2 Hole Connector Beads 14 x 31mm (2)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • PND-00176 - Wine Purple Color Coated Brass Filigree Stamping By Ezel - Small Round Connector Link 18mm (2)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • PND-7259 - Vintaj Natural Brass Fastenables Filigree Flower Stamping 20mm (2)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5470 - Antiqued Brass Open Jump Rings 4mm 20 Gauge (x100)
    Project uses 6 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-4699 -
    Project uses 12 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • PND-00399 - White Color Coated Brass Filigree Stamping By Ezel - Marquise Shaped Connector Links 26mm (2)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • PND-7003 - Vintaj Natural Brass Clover Petal Filigree Stamping 59mm (1)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • CHA-7170 - Vintaj Natural Brass Chain 4mm x 6.5mm Ladder Chain - Bulk By The Foot
    Project uses 7 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • FCL-4658 - Vintaj Natural Brass Standard Hook For Jewelry Clasps 14mm (6)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5395 - Vintaj Natural Brass Etched Jump Rings 9.5mm Heavy 14 Gauge (10)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • WCR-4207 - BeadSmith Non-Tarnish Antique Brass Color Craft Wire 24 Gauge - 20 Yards
    Project uses 12 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • FCO-4674 - Vintaj Natural Brass 1/4 Inch Nail Head Rivets (20 Pieces)
    Project uses 6 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BCP-4863 - Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 11mm x 7mm Rondelle Metallic 'Brown Iris' (x8)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • XTL-1054 - E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-0060 - Eurotool EuroPunch 1.25mm Round Hole Punch Pliers For Sheet Metal
  • XTL-6092 - Beadsmith Solid Steel Bench Block - Wire Hardening and Wire Wrapping Tool
  • XTL-0002 - Jeweler's Mini Ball Pein Hammer - 2 1/2 Inch Head - Metal Smithing
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
Additional Information
Theme Vintage Look
Ingredients PND-7265, PND-7285, FCO-4606, PND-00176, PND-7259, FJR-5470, BMB-4699, PND-00399, PND-7003, CHA-7170, FCL-4658, FJR-5395, WCR-4207, FCO-4674, BCP-4863, XTL-1054,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Please review project instructions carefully—some items may no longer be available for this project and will not be listed below. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Vintaj Natural Brass Decorative Pinwheel Washer Flowers 7.5mm (10)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 10 Pieces.
$3.99 / Package | SKU: PND-7265
Vintaj Natural Brass Fastenables Filigree Flower Stamping 20mm (2)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$2.69 / Package | SKU: PND-7259
Antiqued Brass Open Jump Rings 4mm 20 Gauge (x100)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 100 Pieces.
$4.29 / Package | SKU: FJR-5470
Vintaj Natural Brass Clover Petal Filigree Stamping 59mm (1)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$3.99 / Package | SKU: PND-7003
Vintaj Natural Brass Ladder Chain, 4mm x 6.5mm, by the Foot
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$5.75 / Package | SKU: CHA-7170
Vintaj Natural Brass Etched Jump Rings 9.5mm Heavy 14 Gauge (10)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 10 Pieces.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: FJR-5395
BeadSmith Non-Tarnish Antique Brass Color Craft Wire 24 Gauge - 20 Yards
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$5.25 / Package | SKU: WCR-4207
Vintaj Natural Brass, 1/4 Inch Nail Head Rivets for Leather, 20 Pieces
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 20 Pieces.
$1.85 / Package | SKU: FCO-4674
E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-1054
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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