Pink Hope Necklace
- Rio Grande Brass Sheet Metal, 22-gauge, 1-1/4”x1/2”
- Nicole Crafts Cream Pearl Beads, 10mm, 10
- Connie Crystal Round AB Crystal Beads, 8mm, five
- Antique brass chain, 9” length
- Brass findings: jump rings, five; crimp tubes, two; crimp covers, two; toggle clasp
- Beadalon 7-Strand Satin Gold Bead Stringing Wire, 12” length
- Tools: metal snips, steel bench block, brass mallet, cross peen hammer, large bastard file, drill or metal punch, bead mandrel, bead pulling station, hot head torch with MAAP gas, alundum stone
- Metal pan with vermiculite
- Beadalon: Designer Ergo Chain-Nose Pliers, Crimp Tool
- Impress Art Newsprint Metal Stamp, 3mm
- Thompson Enamels: Foundation White Opaque, Geranium Pink Transparent
- Midas Black Brown Patina
rubbing alcohol, ruler, black fine-point permanent marker, sandpaper, paper towel
- Use fine-point marker to make four evenly spaced dots on center right of brass charm. Place “H” metal stamp over first dot; use brass mallet to strike stamp. Repeat for remaining letters in the word “HOPE”. Use rubbing alcohol on paper towel to remove marker from surface of stamped charm.
- Use cross peen hammer to texture hash mark lines at an angle around word “HOPE”. Drill or punch small hole on center of charm.
- Use metal snips and bastard file to round edges of charm and smooth any rough edges or sharp areas. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to use Black Brown patina to oxidize surface of charm. Use sandpaper to buff off excess patina to reveal textured areas on charm.
- Use hot head torch with MAAP gas to heat iron filigree bead on mandrel to glowing orange color. Dredge bead into Foundation White enamel. Reheat bead in torch until surface begins to turn molten; dredge into Foundation White enamel again. Repeat. Once you have applied third layer of Foundation White enamel, heat bead again and dredge in Geranium Pink enamel. Repeat two more times.
- Pull beads off of mandrel using bead pulling station into metal pan filled with vermiculite to help slow cooling process. Once bead is fully cooled, remove any rough or sharp ends using alundum stone moistened with water. Repeat for three additional beads.
- Once charm is created and beads are enameled, place crimp bead on end of bead stringing wire. Thread end of wire around jump ring and back through crimp bead. Use crimp tool to crimp bead on wire. Trim excess wire. Place crimp tube cover over crimped bead. Use tool to close cover.
- Thread one pearl, one crystal, one pearl and one enameled bead onto wire. Repeat three times and finish with pattern of pearl, crystal, pearl. Place crimp bead on end of bead stringing wire; thread end of wire around jump ring and back through crimp bead. Use crimp tool to crimp bead on wire. Trim excess wire. Place crimp tube cover over crimped bead. Use tool to close cover.
- Use jump ring to attach one 4-1/2” length of chain to either end of beaded strand. Using jump rings, attach toggle clasp bar and loop to either end of chain.
- Using jump ring, attach charm to top left of beaded strand.
- 1. Omit steps to create enameled beads and string brass “HOPE” charm onto pink ceramic purchased beads of choice.