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Vintage Filigree Pendant

Vintage Filigree Pendant 

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!

Step 1

Gather Supplies

  • 1 or more strands of ribbon.  I used light green and olive green ribbon
  • 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, or you can find a great selection of filigree and vintage look findings online.  Vintage 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 tightly will work.  You can also use clamshell bead tips as long as you can feed your ribbon through the holes.   Cord Ends for Sale on eBay
  • 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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Vintage Filigree Pendant


Step 2

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.

Step 3

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 length.  

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.

How to Attach Tube Cord Ends

How to Attach Tab Cord Ends

How to Attach Spring Cord Ends

Repeat, attaching the ribbon to ends on the other side of the necklace. 


Step 3

Attach clasp

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 ring.  

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 rings.

Vintage Filigree Pendant

 That's it, your new Vintage Filigree pendant is ready to wear!

Vintage Filigree Pendant





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