With the days becoming shorter and the air becoming cooler, now is the perfect time to create something soft and playful to brighten up your fall wardrobe. Honey Bird is a clever piece of jewelry which is designed to do double duty as both a necklace and a bracelet. Wear it wrapped around your wrist as a chunky, layered bracelet one day, and then wear it as an asymmetrical necklace the next.
This bracelet-and-necklace combines the softness and warmth of Silver Creek Leather deerskin lace with the texture of cool metal chain and coordinating beads in rich shades of honey. The simple weaving technique is easy to master and it’s an interesting way of securing the metal chain securely without the need for additional jewelry findings.
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- Silver Creek Leather Deerskin Lace: 1/8” Buckskin , 3/16” Saddle Tan
- Textured silver oval chain: 19x15mm, 15x12mm, 11x8mm
- Brown lentil beads, 14x16mm, four
- Bicones: amber, 6mm, eight; crystal, 6mm, six
- Glass pearls: gold, 10mm, four; white, 8mm, two
- Amber/white glass shell beads, two
- Cousin silver colored-rhinestone connectors, four
- Silver round spacer beads: 4mm, eight
- Silver fold over cord ends, 14
- Silver eye pins, four
- Cousin resin bird charm set
- Silver jump rings, 6mm, 16
- Silver wire guardians, eight
- Silver crimp tubes, size #2, eight
- Silver beading wire, .015”
- Silver hitch and bail clasp
- Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose, crimping
- Wire cutters
- Multi-holed jewelry punch – set to 2mm (the largest hole)
- Permanent marker
Cut six 3” lengths and one 4” length of each of two colors of Deerskin Lace. Cut two 3-link pieces of largest chain, two 4-link pieces of medium chain, and two 5-link pieces of smallest chain. Cut one 5-link piece of largest chain.
Line up ends of 4” Buckskin lace and 4” Saddle Tan lace together.
Place them in fold over cord end with right sides facing down.
Fold top down (if there is one) and fold in each of two sides one at a time; press down firmly using flat-nose pliers so that laces are secure.
Cut Buckskin lace to point.
Separate two laces and place large 5-link chain in between them.
Place mark on Saddle Tan lace at point where two laces intersect with center of first link of chain.
Punch hole in center of lace.
Thread Buckskin lace through Saddle Tan lace to secure one end of first link in place.
Pull Saddle Tan lace through to front. Place mark on Saddle Tan lace where two laces intersect in second link; punch hole and thread Buckskin lace through. Weave Saddle Tan lace to back; continue marking, punching, and threading in this way until you have secured first end of fifth link. Line up ends of two laces; trim to same length. Secure them in fold over cord end. Set this piece aside.
Repeat Step 3 on all remaining pieces of chain and lace. Open jump ring and hook on one 3-link, one 4-link, and one 5-link piece. Connect other end of three pieces together with another jump ring. Repeat with remaining 3-, 4-, and 5-link pieces.
Cut two 6” lengths of beading wire. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian. Thread beading wire back through crimp tube and crimp to secure. String two amber bicones through both wires; trim away excess. String silver spacer bead, brown lentil, spacer bead, and two amber bicones. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian. Thread wire back through crimp tube, pulling up slack, and thread through both bicones. Crimp tube; trim away excess wire. Make second component to match.
Cut two more 6” lengths of beading wire. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian as before; crimp. String gold pearl, crystal bicone, white pearl, crystal bicone, and gold pearl. Crimp in place. Create second component to match.
String shell bead on eye pin; turn simple loop. Attach jump ring to each end. To each jump ring, add silver rhinestone connector. Make second component to match.
Open jump ring and hook on one of each component; connect together at other end with another jump ring. Create matching set of three with remaining components.
Open jump ring of set of beaded components; connect to set of chains. Add another set of chains to other end; connect remaining set of beaded components. Open jump ring on end; add 5-link chain.
Thread spacer bead, lentil bead, and spacer bead on eye pin; turn simple loop. Create second component to match. Attach two eye pins together; connect one end to 5-link chain with jump ring. Attach one half of clasp to other end with jump ring.
Attach jump ring to other end of necklace, hooking on second half of clasp before closing.
Open jump ring of resin bird; attach to jump rings in center of necklace.
by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)