So, you might be familiar with the concept of each wedding anniversary having a fabric, metal and precious stone assigned to it. One of my best friend’s husband asked me to design some jewelry, working the items for their 7 year anniversary into the design. For year 7 the fabric is wool, the metal is copper and the precious stone is blue topaz (which also happens to be my friend’s birth stone).
I have always wanted to learn how to make felted wool beads but didn’t have the time this round to learn. So for the first set of jewelry I located some felted wool beads at a local bead shop, Bead It and made a chunky necklace and dangling earrings:
And after browsing around etsy for some nice copper pieces, I settled on some antique filigree copper leaves from softcover and headed to another local bead store, Legendary Beads. I looked for blue topaz in faceted rounds but they didn’t have any in an affordable price range so I decided swarovski beads were an acceptible trade off. I did something a little different than the traditional clasp. I put leaves on both ends of the necklace and set the it up so that you thread the chain through a jump ring (it slips over your head, so no need for a clasp) and you can adjust the length of the leaves so that they fall either really far apart, or closer together. I think they turned out nicely:
Props to the husband for coming up with such a creative idea to celebrate their anniversary!