Key to the Crown Necklace

by | August 26th, 2015 | 3

Graphic 45 Gift BoxHi, Lisa Marie Jimenez here today sharing my Key to the Crown necklace and coordinating Antoinette Gift Box.  These two items are made using Graphic 45 Papers and Clearsnap products for their blog hop.  Making vintage inspired jewelry is one of my favorite designs to create and it was easy to do using the ornate metal keys and keyholes from Graphic 45.  Using ColorBox® Chalk Inks made adding color to the metal keyhole a snap.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to make this Key to the Crown necklace.  At the end of this post is a link for the tutorial to make the Antoinette Gift Box.Key to the Crown Necklace

How to make this Key to the Crown Necklace:

Cut a 1/4 inch strip of Graphic 45 Crème de la Crème paper (writing side).  Use sponge brush to apply decoupage to the shank on the large metal key.  Wrap the paper around the shank, writing side up; continue to add decoupage to the top of the paper as you wrap it.  Wrap the paper to the end of the shank, cut end and set aside to dry. How to decoupage keyMix resin according to manufacturer’s instructions, then apply a layer of resin over the paper on the key.  This will seal the paper against wear.  Set aside to dry.   When the resin is dry, glue pearl cabochon to the center of the key.

Fill in the cut outs on the shank of the small key with Smooch® Illuminate.  Use embossing gun to dry the Smooch.  If a second application is needed to fill in the cut out, repeat the process.

Apply Popcorn Chalk Ink to the metal keyhole, using an Art Dauber.  Use embossing gun to set the ink.  Repeat this step for both sides of the metal and if a second application is needed. Chalk Ink on Metal

Dab Pink Pastel Chalk Ink onto the keyhole randomly, to give the piece pink highlights.  Set ink with embossing gun.  To distress the keyhole, lightly rub the sand paper over the keyhole, exposing the metal.  Seal the keyhole with a coat of matte clear spray.

Assemble the necklace as shown in the picture, using the remainder of the supplies listed below.

Supplies need to make the Key to the Crown necklace:

  • Rondelle Bead 8x6mm, Pink (2)
  • Round Glass Bead 6mm, Pink (5)
  • Rondelle Bead 12x8mm, Opaque Pink (1)
  • Rondelle Picasso Bead 8x6mm, Pink/White (6)
  • Round Glass Bead 8mm, Opaque White (8)
  • Rondelle Crystal Spacer Bead 4mm (5)
  • Rondelle Crystal Spacer Bead 6mm (1)
  • Round Pearl Cabochon 4mm, Pink (1)
  • Seed Beads, Assorted Pink, (10)
  • Small Bead Cap 4mm, Brass Ox (15)
  • Leaf Bead Cap 6mm, Brass Ox (1)
  • Jumpring 4mm, Brass Ox (4)
  • Jumpring 10mm, Brass Ox (1)
  • Headpin 2inches, Brass Ox (4)
  • Lobster Clasp, Brass Ox
  • Oval Link Chain, Brass Ox (10”)
  • Flat Back Rhinestones 4mm, Pink (4)
  • Wire 20Ga, Bronze
  • Decoupage
  • Resin
  • Spray Clear Coat, Matte

Adding color to the Graphic 45 metal keyholes is easy to do when using ColorBox® Chalk Ink. Graphic 45 has many metal embellishments in their line that can be used in jewelry making. What Chalk Ink color will you use on the metal embellishments from Graphic 45?

Thank you for stopping by and reading my tutorial. To make the coordinating Antoinette Gift Box, please visit my blog for the full tutorial.

Don’t forget to visit our friends over at Graphic45 and tell them “hello”!

And before you go, head over to today’s post for our Graphic45 and Clearsnap blog hop to enter to win a set of ColorBox Graphic45 Decades Antiquing inks that coordinate perfectly with all of Graphic45’s product lines.


About Lisa Marie Jimenez

Lisa Marie Jimenez is a professional jewelry designer, with 24 years of experience in the industry. She designed her own line of jewelry which sold to gift/clothing boutiques for 10+ years. Her designs have been published in US and International bead/jewelry magazines, along with several front cover features. Lisa’s designs have also graced the covers of four romance novels. She shares her jewelry designing techniques to others through her personal blog and currently writes a column for an international bead magazine.

3 Responses to Key to the Crown Necklace

  1. Kristine Vencel says:

    These are some wonderful tips for making a beautiful necklace!

  2. Mary Holshouser says:

    thanks for the tips on coloring the metal pieces.
    The necklace is beautiful and the gift box is so pretty.
    I probably wouldn’t give the gift box – I’d keep both for myself.
    thanks for sharing.

  3. Viki B says:

    This looks wonderful! I need to play with my smooch’s more.

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