Florentine Ornament Drape Kit

Florentine Ornament Drape Kit

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Florentine Ornament Drape Ringpack

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Florentine Ornament Drape Notebook Pages
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The Florentine Ornament Drape makes the difference between a plain glass Christmas ball and a family heirloom. The delicate looking -- but actually quite sturdy -- crystal and precious metal net is easily moved to a different base ornament or removed for tumble polishing or storage. On the tree, the crystals and precious metals catch the light and throw it around like shiny, shiny Christmas magic. The year I made heirloom ornaments like these for the families I'm close to was the most popular I've ever been at Christmas... even with those who aren't always easy to please. ;)

The full kit is itemized below. Everything except the ringpack is optional. Use the pulldown(s) to select your metal(s). (See our FAQ for metals abbreviations or read Comparing the Metals for more information.) The ringpack makes a drape for one ornament.

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If you have our Earring Designer Ringset, you’ve already been introduced to some of my scrolling techniques. These instructions are the second installment of my embellishment book and they teach Florentine Scrolling. It's a unique variation on that method of embellishment, but one which lends itself to the use of larger wire and results in a more hand wrought look and feel. Florentine Scrolls can range from fine and delicate to rustic and masculine. They‘re a faster, easier alternative to wrapped loops for embellishing chains and they’re probably the cleanest way to put attachment loops on a drilled stone. When you want the look to be all about the stones, this is a great way to go.

In terms of difficulty, I would consider this beginner level maille as well as beginner level wirework. You don't need any particular previous experience because the instructions are quite thorough, but this will be challenging (and tiring to your hands) if you haven't done any wirework before.

This kit is as much wirework as it is chainmaille and so requires a few tools beyond the usual two pair of smooth-jawed jewelers' pliers. The other tools needed are....

-- 1 pair of stepped coiling pliers, small (Available at right)
-- A ruler or tape measure (Available at right)
-- An anvil or bench block
-- A jewelers' hammer

This kit does not include: 1 standard glass Christmas ornament, available wherever ornaments are sold.

Rings -- Prices listed on the rings pulldown are for all the rings needed to make one ornament drape.

Wire -- Each ornament drape requires 8-10ft of 20g round wire.

Headpins -- Each ornament drape requires 6 20g headpins, at least 1" in length.

Small Beads -- Each ornament drape requires 72 3mm-4mm beads that will fit a 20g wire.

Drop Beads -- Each ornament drape requires 6 drop beads that will fit a 20g wire.

Instructions -- Instructions for this UM Exclusive design aren't sold alone; they're available only with the matching ringset.

Tools & Extras -- The Rocket Tool often makes ring placement easier, so we always recommend having one at hand.

Packaging -- When the tin box is not chosen, we package kits in a kraft brown, cardboard pillow pack.

The total cost for the project as configured is displayed above the Add to Cart button and updated throughout the process so you can work up costs for different configurations. When you have the project configured just as you want it, enter a quantity for the number of thusly configured kits you want, then click Add to Cart.

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Recommended for... Wirework Techniques
Difficulty Intermediate
Weaves & Projects UM Exclusives
Guide Format Notebook Pages, Only w/Matching Ringset
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