Vintaj® Island Botanic Necklace
For more of an earthy and natural feel, replace the chain with leather cording.
Designed by Jess Italia Lincoln.
- Vintaj® Slender Leaf Altered Blank – Natural Brass
- Vintaj® Circle Tag Altered Blank, 12mm – Natural Brass
- Sizzix® DecoEmboss Die (for Vintaj®) – Butterfly Swirls
- Sizzix® DecoEtch Die (for Vintaj®) – Forest Foliage
- Sizzix® BIGkick Machine (Vintaj® Special Edition)
- Vintaj® Metal Reliefing Block
- Vintage Groove™ VG III Pendant – Orange Bead Flower
- Bead Gallery® Teardrop, 10x14mm – Turquoise Dyed Howlite
- Bead Gallery® Rondelle, 4x6mm – Dyed Howlite
- Bead Gallery® Tube, 9x18mm – Turquoise Dyed Howlite
- Bead Gallery® Cut Rectangle Twist, 6x14mm – Amber Glass
- Jewelry Essentials™ Naturals Hemp Cord, 0.6mm
- Bead Landing™ Eye Pins, 2"
- Bead Landing™ Jump Rings, 6mm
- Industrial Chic™ Jump Ring Assortment
- Industrial Chic™ Chain – Brass (48")
- Industrial Chic™ Spring Ring, 15mm
- Bead Landing™ 3-in-1 Tool
- Bead Landing™ Chain Nose Pliers
- Bead Landing™ Long Nose Hole Punch Pliers
Step 1 Once you have determined the design area, place the slender leaf blank face down on the Forest Foliage die.
Step 2 Place the die between the clear plates on top of the solo shim and platform. Crank it through the machine one time.
Step 3 To highlight the raised areas of the blank, use the white side of a reliefing block. Polish with the light gray side.
Step 4 Once you have determined the design area, place the circle tag blank face up on the Butterfly Swirls die. Repeat Steps 2–3 to complete process.
Step 5 Use hole punch pliers to make an additional hole opposite the pre-drilled hole in Slender Leaf blank to create a connector.
Step 6 String three dyed howlite rondelle beads onto an eye pin. Hold the bead securely on the eye pin and form a wrapped loop with remaining wire to create a bead link. Repeat for a total of four bead links.
Step 7 String an amber glass cut rectangle twist bead onto an eye pin. Hold the bead and cut the straight end approximately ¼" above the bead using the 3-in-1 tool. Hold the bead securely on the eye pin and form a simple loop to create a bead link. Repeat for a total of four bead links. Repeat step to create one bead link with the turquoise dyed howlite tube bead.
Step 8 String a turquoise dyed howlite teardrop bead onto the center of an eye pin. Use chain nose pliers to bend both ends of the wire up over the top of the bead. Wrap the straight end of the wire below the loop of the eye pin to secure, and create a top-drilled bead drop.
Step 9 Use chain nose pliers to separate brass chain into a 11" section and a ½" section. Links function as jump rings to connect bead links. Attach the ½" section (contains three of the small links) to the large circle link of the chain beside another ½" section containing three small links.
Step 10 Use chain nose pliers to open the end link in one of the sections and attach an amber glass cut rectangle twist bead link. Close chain link to secure. Repeat alongside this link by adding a second bead link to the other chain section. Attach a large jump ring through both bead links on the opposite end. Attach two of the stacked dyed howlite rondelle bead links to the opposite end of large jump ring. Close ring to secure connection.
Step 11 Cut approximately 6" of Naturals hemp cord. String the cord through both loops on the ends of the stacked dyed howlite rondelle bead links and through the loops of two amber glass cut rectangle twist bead links. Create a circle link with the cord by continuing to string the cord through the loops of the bead links until you have three revolutions through the howlite links and two through the amber glass. Tie two knots around the cord with the remaining ends opposite each other to complete your connection. Repeat bead section by ending with the Orange Bead Flower pendant at the bottom of the second hemp cord connection.
Step 12 Use chain nose pliers and a 6mm jump ring to attach the embossed circle tag blank to the bottom loop of the Orange Bead Flower pendant. Attach the turquoise dyed howlite teardrop bead drop with a 6mm jump ring from the hemp cord to the left of the flower pendant. Attach the etched Slender Leaf blank with a 6mm jump ring from the hemp cord above the bead drop.
Step 13 Attach a large jump ring through the top hole of the Slender Leaf blank. Attach the opposite end of chain to the turquoise dyed howlite tube bead link. To complete your design, attach a spring ring to the opposite end of the bead link. The spring ring hooks into the large jump ring above the Slender Leaf blank and functions as the necklace clasp.