|The Queen’s Flying Machine|
A regal bee and majestic wings make this steampunk necklace take flight.
1 Brass bee stamping, 18mm
1 Pair brass wings, 90x15mm
2 Silver skeleton key charms, 20mm
1 Gold gear charm, 25mm
2 Silver gear charms, 17mm
1 Silver ring, 12mm
1 Silver ring, 15mm
1 Antique silver Victorian connector, 32mm
1 Antique silver flower connector, 15mm
1 Copper rhinestone, 3mm
5 Jet AB bicone crystals, 4mm
8 Jet AB Czech glass fire-polished rondelles, 5x8mm
12 Silver bead caps, 10mm
4 Brass flower bead caps, 10mm
12 Round gold beads, 3mm
4 Round silver beads, 3mm
5 Round brass flower beads, 5mm
1 Hammered brass toggle clasp, 20mm
Silver-plated wire, 24 gauge
1. To make the pendant, layer the bee, a silver gear, and then a gold gear on the wings, gluing each layer to the next. Glue the rhinestone to the bee’s back using the toothpick. Let cure.
2. Cut a 1½” length of wire. Use the chain-nose pliers to bend a 90-degree angle in the wire ¼” from one end. Slide the end of the wire around the rim of the gold gear to the right of the bee. Using the tip of the round-nose pliers, twist a wrapped loop into that end. Slide a bicone onto the wire, then finish with a wrapped loop.
3. Cut a 3″ length of wire. At one end, make a wrapped loop through the wrapped loop of the last component. Then wrap the wire around a key charm four times from the bottom to the top of the key. Trim the end.
4. Next, add a wrapped loop component made of a rondelle flanked by silver bead caps and gold beads. Then connect another component featuring a rondelle flanked by flower bead caps and silver beads, but leave the end loop open. Slide a silver ring onto the end of the component and finish with a wrapped loop.
5. Attach the Victorian connector to the ring with a bicone component. To the other end, add a brass flower bead component, a gold bead/silver bead cap/rondelle component, followed by another brass flower bead component and another a gold bead/silver bead cap/rondelle component. Make one more brass flower bead component to link one end of the toggle clasp to the last component.
6. To make the other side of the necklace, begin the same way connecting a bicone component to the gold gear of the pendant, wrapping the key charm, and adding a gold bead/silver bead cap/rondelle component. Make a bicone component to connect the rondelle/bead cap component to a silver gear. Connect the silver gear to a silver ring with another gold bead/silver bead cap/rondelle component. Then loop a bicone component through the silver ring and attach the other end to the silver flower connector.
7. Finish the necklace with a silver bead/flower bead cap/rondelle component followed by a brass flower bead component. Then a gold bead/silver bead cap/rondelle component. And finally, a brass flower bead component linking to the other end of the toggle clasp.