Our designers enjoyed playing with Gilders Paste to add color to the metal links in this vintage-style necklace. Gilders Paste can be rubbed into metal and allowed to dry, providing plenty of creative options. This necklace uses purple and blue-green paste with matching crystals for a touch of color and sparkle that complement the antique brass.
Step one: Accent the antique vintage brass-plated pewter four petal flower toggle clasp and the three antique brass altar links with Gilders Paste. We rubbed the paste into the metal with our fingers. For the main section of the links we used African bronze. For the flowers we used patina first and let that dry, then layered iris blue and violet on top. For the flower centers we used German silver.
Step two: Attach a Swarovski 13mm briolette pendant in Provence Lavender to the simple loop of a brass eye pin. Thread a Swarovski 4mm faceted round in Blue Zircon onto the pin. Attach the dangle that you just created to the middle loop of one of the altar links using a wrapped loop.
Step three: Attach a Swarovski 11mm briolette pendant in Provence Lavender to the simple loop of a brass eye pin. Attach the dangle that you just created to the middle loop of another altar link using a wrapped loop. Repeat for the third link.
Step four: Thread a Swarovski 6mm faceted round in Blue Zircon onto a 2-inch antique brass-plated 20 gauge eye pin. Finish with a simple loop Set the simple loop link that you just created aside. Repeat three more times.
Step five: Starting with a simple loop link, use 5mm antique brass-plated open jump rings to connect the simple loop links and altar links together in an alternating pattern.
Step six: Cut a 5 1/2-inch piece of antique brass-plated 3+1 medium round and oval link chain. Attach the end of the chain to one piece of the clasp using a jump ring. Attach the other end of the chain to the last simple loop link using a jump ring. Repeat step six for the other side of the necklace.
Approximate size: 18 &frac;1/2 inches Estimated time: Less than 1 hour (plus drying time) Difficulty level: Beginner
List of Components:
Antique Brass Altar Link (BBA-LX03, qty 3)
Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Four Petal Flower Toggle Clasp (PBA-TOG018, qty 1)
Antique Brass-Plated 3+1 Medium Round and Oval Link Chain (BBACH21, qty 1)
2-inch Antique Brass-Plated 20 Gauge Eye Pin (BBA-EP20-22, qty 7)
5mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring (BBA-OJR04, qty 10)
Swarovski 6010 13mm Briolette Pendant Provence Lavender (6010-PLV13, qty 1)
Swarovski 6010 11mm Briolette Pendant Provence Lavender (6010-PLV11, qty 2)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Blue Zircon (5000-BLZR6, qty 4)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Blue Zircon (5000-BLZR4, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Antique Brass-Plated 1+1 Infinity Link Chain (BBACH20)
Antique Brass Small Victorian Link (BBA-LX09)
Swarovski 5040 6mm Briolette Bead Caribbean Blue Opal AB (5040-CBOAB6)
Swarovski 5500 9mm Teardrop Tanzanite (5500-TAN9X6)
Swarovski 5310 5.5mm Simplicity Violet (5310-VIOLT5)
Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques (BOOK-176)