Back in 2010, we had offered a kit to make a striking necklace we had called Frosted Leaf. Knitting a simple rope with crystals and beads and daggers alternating, the piece had a striking focal point of a silver plated oak leaf, with its beautiful traceries.
Some of the components of the necklace kit as we currently have it are slightly different; the overall look will be the virtually the same.
We start with at least twenty meters of a silver metallic polyester thread or perhaps a silver-looking smooth silk. For the beautiful glow, we have put together a great mix of crystals and silvers.
You might find in your kit Vitral Crystal 3x10mm daggers plus 4mm Fire Polish Crystals in either Crystal AB, Silver or Vitral/Crystal, 6mm Fire Polish Crystals again in either Crystal AB or Silver or Vitral/Crystal, 4x7mm Long Megatamas in either Silver Lined Crystal or in Crystal AB and Silver Lined Crystal or S/L Crystal AB 8/0 beads. These will come together to create a rope reminiscent of frosted vines of winter time.
There will be enough thread and beads to make at least two 16" ropes for each side of the focal piece, for a total length of well over 32" (once you add in the clasp and leaf). Your necklace can be shorter, if you so choose, or you might decide to create a long rope without a clasp, that simply slides over your head.
What we have as the center piece is a real Oak leaf, electroplated in silver. It rests on a silver plated pewter "twig" and attaches with two rings so that it lies properly.
The necklace is finished up with a silver plated magnetic clasp.
Many of these photos show the necklace as done with the original kit --you notice from the pictures that the original one used crystals that had a touch of blue to them. This kit will give you a brilliantly silver piece without the blue overtones.
If you would like silk thread instead of the metallic polyester, please let me know either via the Comments section as you check out or (if you want to be super-sure), simply contact us. Or vice verse -- perhaps you prefer the shine that mimics true silver that comes with the polyester thread. And if you don't specify, I'll assume you are fine with either and I'll choose for you -- both create a great necklace.
The kit consists of everything you will need except the knitting needles -- we used size 0 (2mm).
Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.
We offer three options. I know some of you might already have made our other necklaces that used leaves as a focal point -- our Frosted Leaf and our Golden Birch were very similar indeed, as well as the Dragon Wisdom and the more recent Japanese Maple. If you feel you do not need another pattern, simply choose "No Pattern Needed."
If you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you, though I have to do it manually and usually send it right before I mail the kit (please be patient). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.
We think this is pretty special and gives quite a unique look.