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Brass leaves necklace set

Make quick jewelry with antiqued brass leaves and findings

Metal components make a subtle backdrop for pearls! Etched brass components combine with pearls in shades of gold and green to express the season’s muted tones. The knotted toggle bar — reminiscent of a twig — slips through a hammered ring for a pretty yet functional clasp. You can whip up these pieces of fall foliage in less than 30 minutes — certainly faster than you can rake the leaves outside.

SUPPLIES

necklace 18 1⁄2 in. (47 cm)

  • 38 mm woodland leaf charm
  • 22 mm hammered ring, with drilled hole
  • 5 4–10 mm pearls
  • 8 mm foliage bead cap
  • 2 9–10 mm round links
  • 9–10 mm oval link
  • 16–20 in. (41–51 cm) chain, 3–4 mm links
  • 5 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2–3 4–5 mm jump rings
  • love knot toggle bar
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

earrings

  • 2 18 mm woodland leaf charms
  • 6 4–10 mm pearls, 2 of each kind
  • 2 8 mm foliage bead caps
  • 2 9–10 mm round links
  • 2 9–10 mm oval links
  • 6 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Note: For the 9–10 mm links, use either jump rings or individual links of chain. Vintaj components from Galena Beads, galenabeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Brass leaves necklace Step 1
1. On a head pin, string a pearl. Make a wrapped loop. Make five pearl units, stringing a bead cap on one of them.
Brass leaves necklace Step 2
2. Open a 9–10 mm oval link. Attach a leaf charm and the largest pearl unit. Close the link.
Brass leaves necklace Step 3
3. Use a 9–10 mm round link to attach a pearl unit, the oval link, and a pearl unit.
Brass leaves necklace Step 4
4. Use a round link to attach two pearl units, the first round link, and a hammered ring.
Brass leaves necklace Step 5
5. Decide how long you want your necklace to be and cut a piece of chain to that length. Use a 4–5 mm jump ring to attach one end and the hole of the hammered ring.
Brass leaves necklace Step 6
6. Check the fit, and trim chain if necessary. Use one or two jump rings to attach a toggle bar. 
Tip!
  • If your brass head pins do not go through the pearls, use 24- or 26-gauge gold-filled head pins instead. 
  • If necessary, use a bead reamer to enlarge the holes of the charms. Reamers available from Fire Mountain Gems, firemountaingems.com.

Matching earrings and bracelet

Brass leaves earrings Step 1
1. On a head pin, string a pearl. Make a wrapped loop. Make three pearl units, stringing a bead cap on one of them.
Brass leaves earrings Step 2
2. Open a 9–10 mm oval link. Attach a leaf charm and the smallest pearl unit. Close the link.
Brass leaves earrings Step 3
3. Use a 9–10 mm round link to attach a pearl unit, the oval link, a pearl unit, and the loop of an earring wire. Make a second earring the mirror image of the first.
Brass leaves matching earrings hero
Wear the pair either with or without the matching necklace!
Brass leaves necklace design alternative
For vintage variety, make a bracelet with chunky chain, pearls, and crystals. I used faux pearls, which have larger holes that can accommodate antique brass head pins. 
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