Emerald Willow Leaf Necklace

Emerald Willow Leaf Necklace

We stock a huge range of connectors, links and charms that can easily be added into ready made chain 

and bracelets and then beads and other gems added to them to make quick but unique and effective jewellery designs. Projects like this only need a couple of pairs of pliers and some glue to create them so are ideal if you are just starting out into the world of jewellery making. Emerald is the birthstone of May and is said to be the stone of infinite patience, so if you happen a know someone with a May birthday perhaps this would make a thoughtful handmade gift. Alternatively look through our range of cabochons and beads if you would like to make the same design with a different coloured gemstone.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

First you will need to set the emerald cabochon into the milled edge bezel cup. These bezel cups only have a very shallow edge so do require glue to set the stone in place, this also makes this a very easy setting to use and ideal for beginners to jewellery making projects. We always recommend using our Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy Glue for things like this as it is really fast to set and dries clear. First check that your stone fits the setting well, it is unlikely you will need to make any adjustments but if you do, this is the time to do this - always check the stones fit the setting before applying your glue! Next mix a small amount of glue (instructions can be found here) and apply carefully then place the stone in the setting. Leave the glue to dry for a short while.

Whilst the glue is drying you can get on with another part of the project.

Use side cutters to cut the middle of the chain in half. You will then make the beads and connecting pieces which will be inserted into gap in the chain and connected with jump rings.

Next make a wire wrapped bead chain with the three emerald beads, you can see a step by step tutorial how to do this here. You will then have the three beads linked together. We opted to make our chain of beads slightly graduating in size, you can do the same or in a random order, either will look nice so feel free to adjust to your own preference.

Connect one end of the bead chain to one side of the willow leaf connector using a small jump ring and the other end to one of the loose lengths of chain. You can use your snipe nose pliers to open and close your jump rings, remember to twist the jump rings to open and close rather than pull them apart to ensure a tight and secure connection.

Now you have completed this you will probably find that the glue is set and dry. If complete the necklace by connecting the emerald link setting to the chain at one end and the willow leaf connector at the other using small jump rings. Ensure all your jump ring connections are secure and your necklace is ready to wear!

As mentioned before try mixing it up with some different gemstone connectors or beads and charms. You could also use a longer length chain to create a necklace instead. For this design we have used our sterling silver mini belcher chain, however you can choose any of our open link chains.

SUGGESTED TOOLS FOR THIS PROJECT

Side cutters - to cut the chain

Snipe nose Pliers - for opening and closing jump rings

Round nose pliers- to form loops in wire

BOOKS WHICH MAY INTEREST YOU

The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques By Sarah Withers

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