Friday, 14 September 2012

Glass Tile Necklace in Blue

Blue and white imagery has long been a favourite here, not sure if it stems from a love of all things Nordic, or the quiet influence of my mother's crockery, but I do find myself using blue and white in a number of pieces I make.  Here I will share a recent piece I made, using scalloped trays measuring 15mm, glass cabochons to fit, and a lovely paper from a scrapbooking set I have.  The only other findings you will need are the jump rings and a necklace chain.

I made the glass tiles first in the usual way and a day later, glued them into the trays.

One lovely thing about the scalloped trays is that you can push the edges down onto the glass, or pull them out as I have done here so that a jump ring can be attached easily.  For this piece I have not pushed them down onto the glass, but I have pulled out those in the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions so that the necklace hangs down correctly - if you are making a bracelet, feel free to pull the 9 and 3 o'clock rings, but for a necklace, attaching the rings through the very middle of the piece can result in the trays flipping over, whereas we want to ensure that they remain with the image facing outwards as much as possible!  11 and 1 work too for necklaces, and that way you get the effect more of a row of pendants than chain links.

 Join with matching jumprings and attach the chain at the ends.

And there you have it!  a really pretty piece that has received lots of compliments.

This would look great with any inserts - you could use the same print for each tray, or complementary colours in similar patterns, or even bright clashing colours for a riotous pop piece.  Add beads in between the trays for yet another look, or consider using ribbon instead of chain.  Too many ideas, too little time!

We would love to see your pieces - do show us your work by posting pictures on our Facebook page @jasminstudiocrafts.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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