Forever 5: My New Jewelry Line

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Forever 5. This is what I am calling my jewelry line with the watchfaces. I thought about it. A lot. And I think it perfectly describes what I am making.

This necklace took several days to make. Lots of trial and error and starting over. I selected this watchface to practice my “surround” stitches. Not netting. Don’t know what you would call what I ended up doing.

I started off with a 2-row brick stitch base to go around the side. 8/0 black seed beads.

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For the bottom, I made a peyote circle. This took hours since I wanted it to align with the beads around the side base. It took me 4 attempts to get it perfect!!

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Next, I added a silver picot edging, sewing under the “bridges” of the black base.

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Then I added a black picot edging, going in and out of the silver metal frame around the watchface. And created a peyote bail (11/0 seed beads) for hanging.

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Here’s the beginnings of the necklace. Using 8/0 seed beads in black, topaz, bronze and clear. Larger topaz glass beads separate the seed bead sections. And 2mm sterling silver beads ease the transition from one to the other.

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To finish off the look and bring in the topaz color of the beads in the necklace, I added a 3rd picot edging, sewing into the brick stitch base.

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For the clasp, I used a toggle bar with topaz Swarovski crystals on the tips. And a sprocket for the toggle ring.

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And done!!

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Supplies used for this necklace.

  • 8/0 seed beads
  • 11/0 seed beads
  • glass rondelle beads
  • 2mm sterling silver round beads
  • 5mm silver plated round beads
  • sprocket for toggle ring
  • toggle bar with Swarovski crystals on tips
  • jumprings (welded and open)
  • watchface
  • crimps and crimp covers

This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. Please do not copy or post anywhere without my permission. Thanks.

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7 comments on “Forever 5: My New Jewelry Line

  1. Connie says:

    Hi Donna,

    Your watch face/necklace is beautiful–very creative! I know I could manage the necklace part…LOL

    😉 Connie

  2. This is gorgeous Donna! I think I’m in love!

  3. Grandma V. says:

    Very, very nice – so creative. Will you be publishing instructions or selling the piece of jewelry?

  4. Carol says:

    Donna, I love everything about this project — front, back, edges, colors, scale, beads, time and most of all — title. This looks like the start of something big.
    Carol

  5. Kokopelli says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing all the steps of the making. I love reading how other designers create their bezels and jewelry.

  6. don_mae says:

    Thank you, everyone.

    I love, love, love working with watchfaces. I just wish I had some skill working with metal and putting the parts together. I am looking for a class I can take. Cold connections, metalsmithing, soldering.

  7. Robbie payne says:

    When I think of all the watch faces I have in my ‘box’…..what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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