There are a few ways to do this, but I'm going to show you the way I did it, which is fancy in every way.
AIN'T NO DROOPY SNITCH WINGS HERE YA'LL
I'm also happy to report that I do have a small batch of these up for sale on etsy in case you can't find the parts or you want it quick. Depending on how they do, I'll be posting more. I also have some smaller beads that I'll make tiny ones out of at some point.
Want to buy a necklace? I've got them for sale in my etsy store! Check out making jiggy to see the latest version. :D
Step 1: What you need:
- 20 mm gold filigree bead, hollow, openings on two ends - check etsy if you can't find any locally
- 12 inches of 18 gauge silver wire, preferably sterling silver or plated
- chain of choice
- jump rings
- small jeweler's pliers, one flat, one rounded/straight circlip (you can buy these at most craft/bead stores)
Also important to note - I bought my chain in bulk and cut it to size. 16-18 inches of chain seems to be a good length for this necklace!
Step 2: Working with wire!
It's very important to get used to working with the wire before you start. I highly recommend trimming a piece of wire 6 inches or so in length and playing around with bending it and making loops.
Loops are the hardest bit, so I've included pictures below and a little walkthrough to help you through it.
- Start with a small length of wire and your rounded pliers.
- Clamp the wire where you want the loop to be. (The farther up on the pliers, the smaller the loop... the lower, the bigger.)
- Bring the end of the wire to the right around the side of the pliers facing you.
- Open the pliers and rotate the loop so the ends of the wire are on either side, and where the wire loops is clamped between the pliers.
- Clamp down to seal the loop.
Step 3: Starting the necklace.
Once you're sure of the placement, gently bend the wire up at a sharper angle right next to the bead so that it stays in place.
You can see how this looks in the photos below.
Step 4: Bend the tips of the wings.
Once the wire is bent, put the point of the bend in your pliers and clamp down to make it more pointy. Repeat for the other side.
Note that the finished product looks a bit like a creepy spider. We'll fix that. :)
Step 5: Start forming the loops.
This is more of an art than a science. :)
You'll make three loops, each about 1/2 inch apart. Start 1/2 inch from the point in the wing and follow the loop making guide in step 2. After making your loops, bend the bottom of the wing up and over the wire near where the bead meets the first bend you made. This way you can check how your wing looks.
Do this for each side.
Step 6: Secure the wings.
You're going to bend the end of the wire around where the wire exits the bead, right next to the first bend.
Crimp and clamp the bent ends so they look nice and hold firmly in place.
Step 7: Attach chain and clasp.
Cut two lengths of chain, 8-9 inches long. Make sure both lengths are the same so the necklace sits evenly.
Attach the chain to the wings with jump rings, and then attach jump rings to the opposite ends of the chain, putting your clasp on one of them.
Be gentle when working with jump rings because they are easily deformed, and make sure that they're closed firmly. Otherwise, a fine chain will slip right out.
Check the pictures for more details!