About This Design
Time: Approximately 15-30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected.
Approximately $15-20 as shown.
The vintage look is still going strong! I wanted to take
advantage of a great vintage- looking brass finding to make this vintage
filigree pendant. I simply attached the finding to ribbon,
attached a lemon quartz drop bead as an accent, and attached a clasp and
in just minutes I had a fantastic piece of vintage-look jewelry!
You can make your own pendant by re-using a real vintage or antique
finding, repurposed into a new design, or there are many vintage looking
findings available for sale in bead stores and on-line.
Want to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself?
Let's get started!
- 1 or more strands of ribbon. I used light green and olive
- 1 large vintage or vintage-look filigree finding - I used a
brass vintage-look filigree component but you can use any filigree
component you like. Note - I found my filigree finding
at Picasso Beads bead store, but you can also purchase this
finding at www.Vintaj.com, or
you can find a great selection of filigree and vintage look findings
Filigree Findings on eBay
- 1 accent bead to use as a drop. I used a faceted lemon
quartz bead. Swarovski crystals are also a good choice.
- 1 head pin
- 2 tab or crimp cord ends for attaching the ribbon. I used tab style
fold-over crimp cord ends but any style that can pinch the ribbon
work. You can also use clamshell bead tips as long as you can feed
your ribbon through the holes. Cord
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- 1 Clasp of choice. I used a few inches of bulk chain and a
brass lobster claw clasp
- 2 open Jump rings to attach clasp to cord ends
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Attach the bead drop to the pendant
Slide your accent bead onto a head pin, and attach it to the bottom center of
your finding used a closed loop. Follow
these instructions if you need help learning to make a loop.
Attach the ribbon to pendant and attach the ribbon cord ends
Cut the ribbon to desired length. I used two pieces of ribbon, 15 inches long (38 cm) so it would be a choker
Slide the filigree pendant onto the ribbon and tie a simple overhand
or square knot to secure it in the center. Insert ribbon ends into
cord ends. NOTE - I started trying to make this design using
clamshell bead tips, but I had too much trouble trying to feed two
ribbons through the tiny holes. So, I switched to the fold-over
crimp ends instead. If
you need help learning how to work with ribbon, follow these
instructions. Pinch the tab cord ends closed
using your flat or chain nose pliers so it holds the ribbon tightly. Follow the instructions below for how to attach cord ends
for the type of cord ends you have selected.
to Attach Tube Cord Ends
to Attach Tab Cord Ends
to Attach Spring Cord Ends
Repeat, attaching the ribbon to ends on the other side of
Use your pliers and open jump rings to attach the cord
ends to your choice of clasp. Open the jump ring, slide it onto
your cord end, and onto your clasp, then close the jump
I used a length of bulk oval link chain (as an
extender chain) on one side, and a lobster claw clasp on the
other. You can use any style of clasp, or clasp with extender
chain that you like.
Follow these instructions for opening and closing jump
That's it, your new Vintage Filigree pendant is ready to wear!