Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wire Knit Necklace Designs for Winter Brides

By on Saturday, February 12, 2011 10 Comments

Art Beads' design challenges are always fun. For this round of their blogger design partner program, they chose a "Winter Enchantment" theme. I wonder if many of the designs will be white or silver based like mine!

I just had to pick the gorgeous solid sterling silver snowflake pendant I spotted in their pendant section. I also choose clear Swarovski crystals with an AB (aurora borealis) finish for added sparkle as well as the necessary sterling silver findings.

I also used other selections from my own stash including some pretty crystal encrusted "snowballs". The faceted beads on the left had a mirror like finish which added to the sparkle.  The white seed beads were for contrast. 

I like to do wire knitting (and crochet) and indeed this design is one of my "signature" styles.  With so much white, silver and sparkle, photographing this necklace was a struggle! I don't think I captured it well enough.   It's now a Life Collection design in my shop where 100% of net proceeds will go to cancer research.

I didn't use the chain because it was too small for the clasp so I had to substitute with a chain of small jump rings I had in my own collection. But I really love using the sterling silver crimp covers. I doubled the crimps not so much for extra security but for the look - an idea I picked up from a video tutorial (see link below).

Almost all of my designs are one of a kind although the general techniques I use might be the same for many pieces.

This cream and sparkle necklace below is currently in the Caribbean for a beach wedding of a local bride! It features a beautiful mother of pearl pendant and Swarovskis pearls and crystals galore. The cultured pearl dangle has an embedded Swarvoski crystal.


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  1. Beautiful designs. Thanks for sharing your creative process. Some lucky bride will buy your necklace!

  2. Looks great and stunning...pure and enchanting..nice work pearl
    So btw how does one enter that design partner program...would love to be part of it(if it does not involve buying nething from them) just bought a big stash of beads ;)

  3. Art Beads kindly invited me to their program. No, it doesn't involve buying anything from them - just in exchange for a blog post on it. As I do not do paid reviews, I donate the proceeds to my cause.

    BTW I am a customer too - they have great quality stuff. The low shipping cost to Canada is also another big plus.

  4. Pearl, what a stunning necklace! I love it! The snowflake with the "Snowballs" fit the theme perfectly! I always love seeing your designs!
    Have a terrific weekend!


  5. Thanks for the wonderful compliments!

  6. What a sparkling beauty. I love the mother of pearl leaf pendant, all eyes will be on the bride and the question would be 'Who made that beautiful necklace?" Thanks for sharing.

  7. It's a beautiful necklace Pearl, and it fits the theme perfectly!

  8. Absolutely beautiful!!
    I love the one with the mother of pearl pendant - so elegant!

  9. It is truly stunning ! Very hard to beat the beauty of white pearls mixed with sparkling silver and icy crystals. Tres chic. Oh so elegant.