Book of kells choker

I took my inspiration for this choker from the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript now housed in the library of Trinity College. Dublin, that dates back more than 1200 years and is regarded as one of the greatest surviving treasures of Celtic art. The "stone" in this choker represents the stones from which the monks would have ground their colors. The pink wire unit represents the swirling framework and lavish ornamentation of the illuminated text.

I . Cut two 7-in. lengths of 20-gouge pink wire. Following the pattern on page 124, place ihe pegs in your jig. Using your round-nose pliers, form a loop at one end of the first length of wire and pull it tightly around the first peg. Nov/ loop the wire around the remaining pegs, following the pattern. Snip off any excess wire.

C). Using your Hat-nose pliers, twist the top two links through 90°, so that they face each other.

Z.. Gently flatten Ihe wire unit on a steel stoke with a hammer, being very careful not to remove the color coating on the wire. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make a second unit.

Tin's chofer would foofc great with any outfit, from ¡cans to an elegant ballgown! To make matching earrings, simply suspend a ¡vari

bead in the center of the base loop, and attach the unit to ready-made earwircs.

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In lit ese red and great variations. Hack cotton cord gives a more informal look. Matching earrings complete the sets, with the suspended heads encased in wire as in rlic ( harm Cascade (lip on page I OS.

(). Twist three 5-in. lengths of 20-gauge silver wire together using o vise and hand drill (see page I 7). Wrap the twisted wire twice around a dowel Vt in. in diameter.

length of 28-guage silver wire. Place the two larger circles of the units on top of one another, and wrap the wire around to bind them together.

O. Flatten the bound area by gently hammering on a steel stake. Cut off any excess wire and neaten the ends (see page 1 7).

/ . Remove the mosking tope from one end of the twisted wire. Untwist about 2 in. of the wires. Using your flat-nose pliers, curl each one into on open spiral (see page 15).

(S. Pull the spirals over the central hole of the twisted wire frame to form o bose for the bead.

(S. Pull the spirals over the central hole of the twisted wire frame to form o bose for the bead.

f). Place the cabochon stone in the center of the twisted wire Irome. Untwist about 2 in. of the wires at the other end of the frame. Using your flot-nose pliers, begin curling each one into an open spiral (see page 15), and place the stone in the center.

. Spiral the remaining ends of each wire, and press and flatten the spirols over the cabochon stone to hold it in place. Glue the framed cabochon stone to the center of the pink unit.

I w. Cut the cord in half. Undo the link at each end of the decorated unit, attach to the links on the elasticated cord, and close up the links with your flat-nose pliers. To complete the necklace, moke a coiled fish-hook clasp (see page 20), and attach it to the ends.

1 I . Using your round-nose pliers, make two in. coils of 20-gauge silver wire, as when making jump rings (see page 16). Cut the wire off the spool, leaving 1 in. at each end. Form a link at each end (see page 13).Threod one coil onto each end of a length of elasticated cord. Squeeze the end ring of the coil tightly oround the cord to secure.

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