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My Heart's Chatelaine

The lampwork glass beads in this necklace were made by the fabulous Cindy Gimbrone.  The length can be adjusted by the silk ribbon, but the key itself acts as a toggle clasp, so once you get the length set, you won't have to tie and untie it each time! 

Putting together a necklace like My Heart's Chatelaine for yourself is easy, and is a great introduction to mixed media jewelry making.  You'll need the following items:

Materials and Tools
Head pins
Jump rings
Antique skeleton key (or a reproduction)
Toggle that will fit

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

1. Cut the chain into two pieces.  Attach one to the key with a jump ring, the other with the toggle. 

2. Turn all of your chosen beads into dangles.  Make wrapped loops with wire or head pins. 

3. Arrange the dangles along the length of the chain, and also hang some from another short length of chain off of the key.  Attach each with a jump ring.

4. Tie a piece of silk ribbon to each end of the chain.  Glue the knots if it seems they might be slippery.    

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