Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring Fever: Copper and Silver Chain and Bird's Nest Pendant

Copper Leaf Necklace and Bracelet

Maybe it's Spring fever or hearing all of the birds calling to each other. I was excited about my bird's nest Easter cards and had recently seen some wire bird's nest pendants somewhere and was drawn to them and wanted to try making one. As things often do with me, one thing led to another!

Birds Nest Pendants

As you can see, I made more than one. For the "how-to" on the wire bird's nest pendant, I'll point you to You Tube which has tons of tutorials.  This post is more about what I did with one of the pendants I made.

Blue Moon Beads Copper Leaf Clasps

Included in my Design Team supplies from Blue Moon Beads were these very cool copper leaf clasps. I loved them immediately but hadn't felt the right project for them until I started playing with the nests. What goes better with a bird's nest than leaves? I also had some antique silver and copper chain in my supplies.

Leaf Clasps

I decided to use some of the clasps not as clasps, but as focal pieces in the necklace and joined them together with jump rings.  I did use a clasp as it was intended:

Copper Leaf Clasp

attaching lengths of  the copper and silver chain to it using copper jump rings.

Leaf and Nest Necklace

I had some leftover chain ( necklace measures about 20 inches) so decided to make  a matching bracelet. Attached the chain to the leaf clasp, and then just added some of the beads from my nest and charms I had on hand.

Oxidized Copper and Silver Bracelet
Leaf Clasp Bracelet

The other nest pendant I made I just attached to a ribbon necklace using a silver bail , also by Blue Moon, and antiqued glass pearls for the eggs.

Pearl Birds Nest Pendant

These little wire nests are very forgiving since like real nests, they are not meant to be perfect and they all have slightly different bends and twists. They're also very addicting!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Blue Moon Beads design team and as such, receive supplies from them to use. Designs and opinions are my own. 

8 comments:

Unknown said...

So cute! I made a nest ring once, but it never crossed my mind to make it a cute necklace. I love the leaf clasps, makes it so unique and completes a very nice look. Props!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Adorable! How clever of you to use the leaves as focal points, they make a pretty awesome clasp too. Love the little nests.

Jenn Erickson said...

Another absolutely beautiful and elegant creation, Carol!

Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise said...

These are beautiful, Carol! I love bird nests, anyway. I shared this project link on my FB page!
:) -Laura

lindalou said...

These nests are just beautiful. Love your work girl. I haven't made the jump to jewelry. Seems scary.

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Those are beautiful. What gauge wire were you using>

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Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous necklace at Project Inspired - pinned to our group party pinboard - hope to see you at tomorrow nights party too!