I began this project intending to use the flat Vintaj filigree wrap shown in the very last picture. It seemed like a good choice...the right size for the cab. I actually wrapped the face stone and it looked fine, but it was almost too close in size, because all you could see from the front was a tiny rim of brass around the stone. All the good decorative stuff was in the back. And I felt like I wanted more of an interesting shape, instead of just a simple setting. So I eyed the big filigree bead shown above and grabbed my flat nose pliers...excited to see what I could discover.
I pried open the bead, which feels strange to do...tearing apart a perfectly good, round bead. But I had a feeling something cool would happen if I looked at it in a different way. The metal is thick, so it takes some care and patience to open the bead. I felt like I was cracking a nut! It began to unfold like a flower, or like a 4 leaf clover, how appropriate! I kept opening until it was as flat as I could get it with my fingers.
And now, links to more Ornament Thursday participants!
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva Luck is knotted up in Part 1 of this tutorial
Art Bead Scene Lucky ABS! We're part 2 of Lucky Knots!
Jennifer Heynen of Jangles Lucky Charms Bracelet...The name says it all. This bracelet has everything to bring you good luck.
Jenny Harada Jingly Good Luck Charm
Joolz by Lisa As Luck Would Have It...Lucky Earrings
Katie's Beading Blog Make your own luck with these fun, swingy earrings!
Labyrinth O' Luck Hali has created a finger labyrinth journal designed after a 4-leaf clover.
Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine Lucky doesn't begin to describe the adventure I had making this T-shirt...
Lucky Lucky to be... based on a coin holder a friend made for me...
Lucky To Be Me Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Well, YOU, of course. No matter who you are when you look into this magical mirror, you'll be reminded you're lucky to be you!
Lynn Kvigne - Beading Help Web Irish Proverb Window Ornament - step by step instructions for making this year-round ornament that may bring luck right through your window!
Melissa J. Lee - Strands of Beads Good fortune is yours with this cookie-inspired necklace.
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! You'll "make Jean's day " if you check out her lucky Pendant with a Clint Eastwood eighties twist
Swelldesigner Swelldesigner gets lucky this month with some super colorful, sparkly painted bangles
The Impatient Blogger Luck starts with a wish...Margot shares an project she created for Simply Beads last August.
Savvy Crafter Get Lucky over on Candie's blog! She's giving away some Lucky charms and see her earrings made with napkins! Bon Appetit!!