Lapis Teardrop Silver Necklace

Lapis Teardrop Silver Necklace

This lapis teardrop silver necklace stands out beautifully as the rich blue lapis contrasts well against the sterling silver and the gold flecks of pyrite in the lapis sparkle in the light.

To make this necklace you get to try a new technique wire wrapping briolettes.

Unfortunately the round cabochons featured in the photo are currently unavailable, within the shopping list for this project we have chosen our oval cabochons and settings instead.

Step by step instructions

Start by using side cutters to cut the 0.3mm wire to 20cm lengths.

Wrap your briolettes with your 0.3mm sterling silver wire, using the side cutters and round nose pliers. To learn how to wrap briolettes, click here.

Set your cabachons one by one by placing them in each gallery wire link setting and use a bezel rocker to gently push the gallery wire claws over the stone to hold it in place. 

Now you are ready to attach your settings to your chain. Measure approx 16cm down from the clasp and cut the chain on both sides so you are left with two separate pieces of chain.

Using two 5mm sterling silver jump rings, attach each gallery wire link setting to either side of the chain and then use two more jump rings to attach each link settings to the short length of chain so you have a complete necklace again.

Attach your wrapped briolettes to your chain using a jump ring each.

There you have it, a beautiful handmade necklace ideal for a unique present that no-one else will have.

You could use different colored gemstone briolettes or metal wire to create your own design. 

Suggested tools for this project

Side Cutters - an essential and affordable tool for cutting and trimming precious metal wire, headpins, eyepins etc

Bezel Rocker - an essential for setting stones it gives a lovely, even result when used to 'roll' the bezel over a stone, helping to prevent any creases or unsightly marks in the metal

Round Nose Jewellery Pliers - for bending loops in wire

Or Pack of Pliers & Side Cutters which is an economical way of buying all the pliers you will need for every project!

Books which may interest you

'The Basics of Bead Stringing' by Debbie Kanan

'Beading Design' by Kim Glover

Your shopping list

You can buy all the products in this collection at once by clicking the button below or add individual products by clicking the button beside each once.

Total price for all items: £32.70

Lapis Lazuli Cabochons

Quantity: 2
Total price: £1.90