Boost your look by teaming subdued neutrals with unexpected pops of neon.
Neon Dangle Brooch
Neon- & Silver Ring
"Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty"
- lyrics extract from Downtown (Petula Clark) -
Materials for Neon Dangle Brooch :-
1 x 15mm brooch back (with one hole)
5 x 6mm cat’s eye beads in orange
4 x 5mm cat’s eye beads in yellow
9 x 5mm crystals in jet
8 x coral chips in orange
8 x coral chips in salmon
4 x silver head pins
silver wire cut into lengths of 30cm & 10cm
1. Lay the center of the 30cm piece of wire against the back of the brooch back and thread both wire ends through the hole towards the back. Cross the two ends in a yellow cat’s eye bead, ensuring that this bead snugly covers the hole in front of the brooch back.
2. Add a jet crystal, a salmon coral chip, an orange coral chip, an orange cat’s eye bead, an orange coral chip and a salmon coral chip on to the wire end above the yellow bead. Add a jet crystal on the wire end below the yellow bead and cross the two ends through this crystal.
3. Add a jet crystal, a salmon coral, an orange coral, an orange cat’s eye bead, an orange coral and a salmon coral on to the outer wire end. Add a jet crystal on the inner end and cross through this crystal. Feed the inner end through the original yellow cat’s eye bead.
4. Continue with this sequence twice more, but cross the ends of the final loop through the orange cat’s eye bead instead of the usual jet crystal. Cross the two wire ends above the bead and twist them together for approximately 2cm. Complete a wrapped loop with the twisted wire and trim the excess wire.
5. On the center of the 10cm piece of wire, thread three jet crystals. Feed both ends through an orange cat’s eye bead. Twist the wire ends for approx. 2cm and connect this dangle to the wrapped loop of the brooch above before finishing off the wrapped loop of the dangle and trimming excess wire.
6. Slide a head pin through the orange cat’s eye bead on the left side of the brooch and make a plain loop below the bead. Trim excess wire. String a jet crystal on a head pin, followed by a yellow cat’s eye bead. Make a plain loop above this bead and attach this dangle to the loop below the orange cat’s eye bead. Trim excess wire and repeat on the other side of the brooch.
Materials for Neon- & Silver Ring :-
1 x 10mm faceted bead in silver
4 x 5mm cat’s eye beads in yellow
8 x gem chips in acid yellow
size 8 seed beads in metallic blue
60cm of nylon thread
1. Thread a yellow cat’s eye bead onto the center of the nylon thread. Feed both ends of the thread through the silver bead and cross the ends through another yellow cat’s eye bead.
2. Add two gem chips, a cat’s eye bead and two gem chips on to each end of the thread. Cross the ends in the original cat’s eye bead to finish the top of the ring.
3. To make the ring base, thread four seed beads on to each end of the thread. Pick up three seed beads on to any end and cross the ends through those three seed beads (large loop). Next, thread only three seed beads on to each end and cross through two seed beads (small loop). To make a ring with a circumreference of 6cm (the standard size), make three more small loops or adjust to size. Ensure that the ends are crossed through THREE seed beads when finishing the last small loop. Finish the large loop by adding four seed beads on to each end and cross through the cat’s eye bead on the opposite end of the ring top.
4. Thread the ends of the thread back through the seed beads along the sides of the ring base, adding a seed bead between each gap. Feed one end through the cat’s eye bead on the opposite end of the ring top and finish with a decent knot. Feed the ends through some adjacent beads before cutting off.