Monday, November 23, 2009

Vintage Sheet Music Necklace Tutorial

I entered into the Totally Tutorials Exchange Program recently.  For those of you not familiar with the program, here's how it works.  A supply seller sends items to a recipient willing to write a tutorial using the items.  This offers free exposure for the supplier showing techniques on using their product.  And the individual writing the tutorial gets free stuff!  I decided to try out this program for my friends at Tanith's Odds and Ends

 First off I want to say that you really need to check out their Etsy shop.  They have some really unique stuff like sheet music and dictionary pages from the 1930's that would be great for mixed media projects.  My favorites are the paper beads and the felt wool beads.  I'll be showing off some of their sheet music paper beads in this tutorial.  So here goes!

Here's the materials. 
  • 23 - 5 inch sections of copper wire
  • 3 - paper music note beads (from Tanith's Odds and Ends)
  • 19 - black czech beads in various sizes
  • 1 - large black czech bead for focal
  • 1 - Copper clasp
I used copper wire that was oxidized in liver of sulfur.  These were cut into 5 inch sections prior to dipping.  You can use any type of metal but if you decide you'd like a patina on your metal you must oxidize the metal prior to making the necklace.

To create a wrapped loop first start by placing the bead in the center of the wire.  Then make a right angle right above where the bead is sitting.

Slide the bead off and then bend the wire over the pliers to create a loop.

Finish by overlapping the wire to close the loop.

Next, grab the loop end with a pair of flat nose pliers with your left hand.  With another set of pliers in your right hand, grab the tail of the wire.

Wrap the tail end of the wire around the straight portion of the wire several times.  You can have these wraps tight and straight or go for a crazy look like I've done.

Now add your first paper bead and create another wrapped wire loop on the opposite end.

Connect another piece of wire to one of the wrapped ends of your bead creating another loop at the end of this wire.  Add another paper bead.  Repeat until you have three paper beads connected together.

Now start connecting the black beads in the same way by creating wrapped loops.  I added five beads on one side and two on the other.

Next, create a large wrapped loop on the end for your focal bead.  Add your focal bead and twist your wire to make a spiral holding the bead in place.

Create the other side of the necklace by wire wrapping eleven more black beads together.

Add a clasp to the end of your piece.

Here is your end piece.

Now you can use steel wool to polish up the wire and remove any tool marks.  This will create light and dark areas to your copper adding depth to the metal.  Voila, you're done!


  1. Great tutorial, Leslie! And a very lovely necklace, as a result!!

  2. Super !! great!! your tutorial is just perfect my dear Leslie!! clear and nice!! the result it's superb!! bravooooooooooooo!! hope you will make more!!! you are a great teacher!! THANK YOU!!

  3. Nice tutorial - I really like the necklace! You were up late again, weren't you!?!?!?

  4. Thank you to share with us this nice tutorial Leslie. The necklace is so lovely. What a great idea to use paper music as beads.


  5. That was fabulous! So creative!

  6. Your new necklace is gorgeous, Leslie and the tutorial is super, thanks for sharing with us! Thank you sooo much for your lovely, kind comments you've left on my blog!
    Lots of love, Sanda xx

  7. It tured out fantastic!! I signed up two and have done one already, I have one more to go but I am feeling no inspiration from the pieces!! They are all very sharp and not something I am used to using. I hope inspiration hits me soon!! You did a really terrific job :)


  8. Leslie you did a great job!! Your necklace is so pretty!! I just love those sheet music beads, I am going to have to check them out.

  9. What fun! Thanks for sharing. Great way to get exposure, stretch your creative wings and share new techniques at the same time.
    Enjoy the day!

  10. Excellent! What a lovely necklace! Love the sheet music beads.

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