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Flapper necklace

Do you like the Flapper look of the Roaring Twenties, or the extravagant long strands popularized by Coco Chanel?  When I found the long knotted strand of glass beads shown above, I knew that I needed to re-knot it and add some fun!  And there it sat for quite sometime...

The opportunity to give these glass beads new life came with a challenge by to combine some of their very cool Kabela Design brass components with something old that I already owned.  Perfect!  I ordered some raw brass items that I thought would be fun to use with the beautiful glass beads, and I was very pleased with the style and quality of the items I received.  

Materials and Tools

Long strand of vintage glass beads
FF Black silk beading thread
Hypo-tube cement
4 clamshell tips
3 Antique Brass Filigree Beads
2 Antique Brass Diamond Deco Links
22 Gauge Bronze Wire
Antique Brass Large Butterfly Pendant
5.5mm Antique Brass-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Rings
Brass-colored chain (about 3 inches)

Hole-punch for metal or a drill
Twisted wire needle
Measuring tape
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

1. Drill holes in the brass butterfly pendant and use jump rings to attach it to short lengths of chain.

2. Use brass wire to create beaded links with the filigree beads.  Form wrapped loops around the Deco links and at the ends.

3. Cut apart a long knotted glass necklace.  Re-knot into two strands with black silk thread (a longer one for the top, shorter for the bottom), adding a clamshell at each end.  Glue the knots and allow to dry before closing the clamshell.  See instructions for silk thread knotting here. 

4. Loop the clamshell tips over the ends of the two brass linked sections.

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received Kabela brass components free of charge from in order to create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Kim said…
wow- this is really gorgeous!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Kim! It's a bit different from what I normally make, but I'm pretty happy with it :-)
Sarah said…
Really inspiring! I love the red glass!
Charm Bracelets said…
Lovely with the red beads and the copper butterfly and the asymmetrical mismatch adds more charm to the necklace.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you both :-) Sarah...wish wish wish I could find more!
There is something about red beads that bring out the beauty of a necklace....and butterflies are my favorite.
Pretty Things said…
LOVE the butterfly motif.