I have been wanting to make this necklace from the moment I saw it in the Spring 2009 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. The lantern pendant is from Gaea Pendants. She has the most lovely ceramic pendants, charms and beads. She had a free shipping offer a while back, so I grabbed this lantern, which I love. She is so sweet, and threw in a very cute green ceramic flower too. If you're into jewelry making, be sure to check out her website! (linked above)
I pretty much followed the excellent directions in the magazine (lots of how-to photos for us visual learners) but I left out the stamped metal tag. It's made using black craft wire-wrapped garnet beads, with some random glass and stone beads hanging at the bottom.
Isn't it lovely?
While I'm posting, I decided to come back and add a couple more pieces I made over the last couple weeks. These are both inspired by warm autumn colors. Cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie....Mmmmm! The first one is made with a variety of copper wire-wrapped glass beads from my collection, with a ceramic oak leaf pendant, which is easily removable, so that just the beads alone can be worn.
The second is made with metallic finish large seed beads, large flat glass beads with a copper painted edge, and glass rounds in burnt orange.
Both are strung on Beadalon nylon-coated wire and have hand-made copper hook and eye clasps.
These will be so much fun to wear with my fall wardrobe!
Have a crafty week and enjoy your Sunday!