Antique findings and chain – FREE Swarovski necklace tutorial

Antique Copper and Swarovski Necklace

Antique Copper and Swarovski Necklace

Antique metal findings are really big in jewellery at the moment and we’ve just added loads of new products to our website, including new antique copper, antique silver and antique brass chains and findings. Fabulous chain and links, combined with dazzling Swarovski crystal and pearls make for a bang up to the minute piece such as our Chanel inspired Madamoiselle design, recently featured in Make Jewellery Magazine.


Straight off the pages of the fashion magazines; this designer inspired, multi-chain design shows off large CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements pearls and antique chain making it bang on trend this season. Vintage style antique chain is set to be around for another year, this time softened with pearls, making it oh so shabby chic. We’ve added some sparkle with some large round CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements beads in complimentary colours and mixed in some bright copper pieces for contrast. It’s easy to make and will definitely get heads turning.

Round Nose Pliers
Snipe Nose Pliers

Nylon Jaw Pliers

Flat Nose Pliers

Flush Cutters
or Side Cutters

Materials for the necklace

50cms fine Antique Copper Curb Chain
50cms Belcher in Antique Copper
5 oval links
13 x 8mm Jump rings
17 x 5mm Jump rings
3 x 10mm Antique Copper Hearts
4 x Small Bright Copper Open Heart Tags
1 x Antique Copper Shoe Charm
2 x 2 Hole Bright Copper Hammered Discs
3 x 10mm Dark Indigo Rounds
3 x 12mm Crystal Golden Shadow Rounds
2 x 10mm Crystal Copper Rounds
3 x 10mm Crystal Moonlight Rounds
3 x 10mm Mauve Pearls
1 x 10mm, 2 x 12mm and 1 x 14mm Platinum Pearls
1 x 12mm White Pearl
2 x 12mm Dark Purple
1 x 12mm Copper Pearl
2 x 10mm and 1 x 12mm Powder Almond Pearls
1 x 8mm Bronze Pearl
1 x 3221 18mm Mocca Sew-on
25 x Antique Copper Eye-pins or Head-pins (trim off the head)

Step 1
Thread each bead onto a pin and make a loop at either end using the round nose pliers. Cut 3 links of belcher chain and connect one end onto the loop on a Copper 10mm Round; connect the other end of the chain to a 12mm Platinum Pearl.

Step 2
Cut an 8 link piece of belcher chain and connect to the other side of the 12mm Platinum Pearl and the other end to a Dark Indigo round. Add 3 links to the dark indigo round and connect the other end to a 10mm Mauve pearl.

Step 3
Open a 5mm jump ring and connect it to the loop on the Mauve pearl and to the hole in the oval link. Add 2 x 8.8mm Copper jump rings to the other side of the link. Connect both jump rings to a golden shadow round.

Step 4
Continue adding chain, links and beads in this order.

8 links, 12mm white pearl, 3 links, 8.8mm jump ring, 18mm 3221 Mocca sew on, 8.8mm jump ring, 8 links, 12mm Dark Purple Pearl, 3 links, 5mm jump ring, oval copper link, 2 x 8.8mm, moonlight round, 8 links, 14mm Platinum Pearl, 3 links, 5mm jump ring, bright copper hammered disc, 5mm jump ring, 8 links, dark indigo round, 3 links, 5mm jump ring, large oval, 2 x 8.8mm jump rings, 12mm copper pearl, 8 links, copper round, 3 links, 10mm Mauve Pearl, 8 links, Golden Shadow Round, 5mm jump ring, oval link, 2 x 8.8mm jump rings, 12mm Powder Almond Pearl, 8 links, moonlight round, 3 links,  5mm jump ring, copper disc, 5mm jump ring, 8 links, 10mm Powder Almond Pearl, 2 x 8.8mm jump rings, Oval ring, 5mm Jump ring, 3 links to beginning.

Step 5
Decorate with fine chain, by cutting sections and linking between the loops on the beads. Decide on a centre point, and connect an 8.8mm jump ring. Add a 16 link piece of belcher chain to the jump ring and embellish the chain by adding the remaining crystals and pearls, attaching with wrapped loops. Connect 2 pieces of fine chain onto two of the bead loops for decoration.

Step 6
Finish by adding the shoe and heart charms randomly around the design.

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