Beading / Jewelry

Nostalgic Brass Jewelry

By  Keri Lee Sereika 

sizes: necklace, 18"; earrings, 2-1/2"

Materials

  • Shell discs (or buttons): large; small, two
  • Brass flowers bead caps: large; small, two
  • Brass filigree pieces: large, two; small
  • Swarovski Montana Bicone Crystals, three
  • Pale blue glass bead
  • Vintage shank buttons, two
  • Brass chain lengths: 12”, two; 4”, 1-1/4”
  • Brass wire, 22-gauge
  • Brass findings: jump rings, four; ear wires, two; headpins, three; lobster clasp; eye pin

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers

Basic Supplies

  • ruler
  • Earrings
  • 1. Thread bicone, small flower bead cap, and small shell disc onto headpin.
  • 2. Bend headpin at 45º angle and again at 45º angle facing front of disc. Use wire cutters to snip pin to 1/2". Use round-nose pliers to bend end toward back of disc creating loop at top of headpin.
  • 3. Open loop and insert through loop on small filigree piece. Close loop. Open loop on bottom of ear wire; thread through top loop on small filigree piece. Close loop on ear wire.
  • 4. Repeat Steps 1-3 to create second earring.
  • Necklace
  • 1. Thread bicone, large flower bead cap, and large shell disc onto headpin.
  • 2. Bend headpin at 45º angle and again at 45º angle facing front of disc. Use wire cutters to snip pin to 1/2". Use round-nose pliers to bend end toward back of disc, creating loop at top of headpin.
  • 3. Open loop and insert through loop on center link of 4" chain length. Close loop. Open loop on front of headpin; thread 1-1/4" chain length onto loop. Close loop.
  • 4. Thread pale blue bead onto headpin. Bend at 45º angle. Use wire cutters to snip to 1/2". Use round-nose pliers to bend end toward center of bead, creating loop at top of headpin. Open loop on headpin; thread remaining link of short chain onto loop. Close loop.
  • 5. Insert 4" wire length through shank of vintage button and through holes on center of large filigree piece. Insert wire back through holes onto front of piece; wrap ends around shank of button. Snip excess. Repeat for second piece.
  • 6. Attach one large filigree pendant onto each end of 4" chain length. Fold one 12" chain length in half; attach large jump ring on either end. Attach jump ring onto large filigree piece.
  • 7. Repeat Step 6 for other side of necklace. Open one end of jump ring and thread lobster clasp through loop. Close jump ring.