Turquoise Dream Catcher Necklace
This beautiful feather charm and bead necklace is perfect if you want a fun and colourful boho design. This design is a lovely choice for a festival lover and it's so easy to customise the look with different charms or beads of your choice.
Step By Step Instructions
Begin by creating the web for the dream catcher.
Cut approx 50cm of wire. Pick up the hoop and wrap a few loops tightly around the top (at 12pm if it were a clock face). The aim is to work in a clockwise direction around the loop to create a web. On the inside of the hoop, curve the wire to the 2pm position making a semi circle and then loop around the hoop to connect it. Repeat this process around the whole hoop with approximately 7 loops wrapped around the hoop by the time you get back to the 12pm position.
Next, repeat for another clockwise rotation but instead of attaching the loop to the hoop, loop the centre of each semi circle making a web pattern. After one full rotation you should be very close to the middle of the circle. Thread one turquoise bead onto the wire and loop it onto a piece of the wire in the centre. Repeat with the other 2 beads. Wrap the wire tightly and use side cutters to cut off the excess wire. Neatly tuck in any loose ends.
Now it's time to create the wire wrapped beads and charms.
Simply use the excess wire we just cut. Form a loop with round nose pliers. Catch the connector hoop at the bottom into the loop.
Twist the wire around and fix the loop in place, you will need to snip off any excess wire with side cutters and squeeze the end of the wire for a neat finish.
Thread the 3 beads onto the wire and start to form another loop. You can add more or less if you wish.
Now it's time to add your feather charm before you secure the loop.
Wrap the wire around the loop to secure it in place, and again trim any excess wire. You can see the technique used in step by step photographs here.
Use snipe or flat nose pliers to open a jump ring and attach your charm bead bail. Close the jump ring.
Next, cut your flat suede cord to the desired length. To secure the end caps, score the inside of the end cap with a scribe or similar and apply glue (Devcon 5 - minute epoxy). Insert the cleanly cut end of the cord as deep as possible. We found that placing a piece of wire through the eye in the cap can prevent the cord from being glued in too deep and blocking the hole - just be careful not to glue the wire in place!
Next, twist open a 7mm jump ring and thread through the hole of one end. Twist the jump ring closed. On the other end cap, twist open another 7mm jump ring and thread through. This time catch in the lobster clasp loop and twist the jump ring closed.
Your necklace is now complete!
In this kit, we have included a feather charm but you can choose an alternative if you wish.
Tools You May Need
Snipe nose pliers or flat nose pliers for opening and closing jump rings.
You may like to get our pack of pliers & side cutters which is an economical way of buying all the pliers you will need for every project!
Customise Your Kit
How to open and close a jump ring
Kernowcraft's jewellery making kits are aimed to inspire you - therefore the step by step instructions are available online only with a shopping list, where you can easily customise the design to suit you. We recommend printing or bookmarking this page ready to follow.
The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.
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