Chevron Necklace

by Jeanne.
(Waukesha, WI)

Chevron Jewelry by Jeanne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Turquoise & Red Prototype

Looking for inspiration I recently found an old, copper, solid, chevron piece that I had in my miscellaneous stash container.

I believe it was a single, left over earring from who knows where.

I thought about how I could use this shape with wire and began the experimenting phase with pipe cleaners. They are so easy to manipulate and keep changing.

After adjusting the various lengths to fit the size of my beads I settled on this shape for a necklace.

To keep my prototype simple and inexpensive I used: the end of an 18 gauge silver plated spool, 28 gauge wrapping wire, and left over size 5 seed beads.

Chevron Jewelry by Jeanne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Larger version with 6 mm crystals

Then I tried a slightly larger piece of base wire so I could use 6 mm crystals.

I plan on making several more with different beads and wire for my first show of the season in April.

As a last bit of inspiration I thought about, but haven’t tried yet, creating a small loop in the center V before I make the bends in the wire so I could add a focal – maybe even removable – 3 variations for 1: plain stone chevron necklace, add the focal, focal pendant on another chain.

Everyone seems to like versatility. I’m going to try this ASAP.

Chevron Jewelry by Jeanne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Larger version with 6 mm Dragon Vein Agate beads

Needless to say that my vision was for necklaces, but upon seeing the prototype my 8 year old granddaughter immediately put it around the top of her head to fall across her forehead like one of the Disney princesses.

So with a little gentle bending and manipulation of the base wire it looked gorgeous as a headpiece as well. Out of the mouths of babes.

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  1. Jeanne, isn’t amazing how something like a lone earring can be the catalyst for a spectacular inspiration like this? It’s a striking design with lots of possibilities for bead color combinations. And I love your granddaughter’s insight that your chevron necklace could also be a headpiece. A future jewelry artist? 🙂

  2. Susan Dorling says:

    A beautiful design and I particularly like the turquoise and red together. Of course, crystals are always so stunning especially in a necklace like this. So many combinations are possible with this superb design. Good luck with your upcoming show.

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