Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fabulous Filigrees...... Take 2!

Filigree stampings have long been one of my favourite jewellery making components. The lace-like patterns add a really delicate touch to your designs and yet they add substance at the same time. With such a wide range of shapes and finishes to choose from, they are also very versatile. Here's some ideas to get you going.

1. Use them as dangles in a charm bracelet. Dangle lacy filigrees from jump rings and they become charms on a charm bracelet. In this design they're lilypads for the frogs!

2. Form them into napkin rings. The soft metal of these square brass stampings made them easy to shape around a cardboard cylinder. Connect them together with jump rings and beads to give the napkin ring stability.

3. Turn them into a jewellery bail to slip the stringing material through. This one does double duty by adding decorative detail to the front of the pendant as well!

4. Wrap them around a tear drop crystal to form a custom fitting bead cap.

5. Add a cluster of smaller beads to the centre of a flower shaped filigree to emphasize the shape and add detail.

To see some more ideas for how to use filigrees, check out this post: 8 Great Ways to Use Filigrees.

'Til next time.....