Apr 182017
 

dogwood necklace cover

I named today’s project after the dogwood tree that will be blooming soon in my yard. Every year in early May I so enjoy its beautiful pink and white blossoms. These pink ceramic beads, white crystal and crackled beads and the white enameled metal focal all bring to mind the springtime beauty of the dogwood.

long necklace

This necklace design began with a photo I found online. My apologies, but I cannot find the original source. It appears to be from a catalog, and not a jewelry designer, though. If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

dogwood necklace long

I was intrigued by the way the largest beads are not at the usual center front position. My version is a little bit more asymmetrical than the inspiration piece. Even if I did have two of those white metal flowers, I’m not sure that I would have used them both. The almost perfectly balanced design is more interesting, I think, than complete symmetry.

This piece goes together quickly, especially if you use the One Step Looper tool. Be sure to double check the security of all your loop and chain connections.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Dogwood Necklace-Beaded Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 102015
 

blended colors  bead necklace

For this week’s jewelry project I show you how to take any two colors of seed beads and blend them together into a beautiful necklace. I’ve been on a turquoise and copper kick lately and I absolutely LOVE how this came out.

If you were to use two colors next to each other on the color wheel (such as blue and green) the effect would be subtle and lovely. Use colors opposite each other (such as purple and yellow) for a dramatic look.

The bead stringing takes a little bit of time, but if you watched my Bead Spinner video last week you’ll know how you can do this much faster.

blended beads necklace chart

Here’s the chart that I showed in the video, just help clarify the order of things.

You could do this on a smaller scale for a bracelet, or change any of the section lengths to suit your needs.

blended necklace knotted

And here’s a bonus tip that I discovered. The beaded portion of this necklace is quite long, about 27 inches. If you want to shorten it a bit, a fun way to do that is to tie a loose knot with all the strands. I put mine slightly off center and think I’m going to love wearing it this way.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Blended Colors Bead Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 3 24 gram tubes of 6/0 seed beads of one color
  • 3 24 gram tubes 6/0 seed beads of a second color
  • 6 36-inch pieces of bead thread, such as Nymo Nylon Beading thread
  • 2 bead cones
  • 2 4 mm beads
  • 2 eye pins
  • clasp
  • jump ring
  • 6 inch length of chain

Tools

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • super glue
  • needle threader
  • funnel
  • small dish
  • Bead Spinner
  • optional: extra curved needles for bead spinner, six would be ideal

Directions

  1. Tie all six lengths of beading thread together at one end with an overhand knot.
  2. String 5 inches of color A onto each of the six strands.
  3. Mix together one tube of each color and string 5 inches of these mixed colors onto each of the six strands. Set mixed colors aside.
  4. String 6 inches of color B onto each of the six strands.
  5. String 5 inches of mixed colors onto each of six strands.
  6. Finish by stringing 5 inches of color A onto each of the six strands.
  7. Open an eye pin and tie ends of six strands around eye pin. Close eye pin and tie strands again to knot. Dab with super glue and allow to dry.
  8. Repeat on the other end of necklace, making sure beads are all snug against the first end.
  9. Onto each eye pin slide a bead cone and a 4mm bead. Use round nose pliers to make a loop, trimming excess wire with wire cutters.
  10. To one loop attach one end of the chain. To the other loop attach your clasp with a jump ring.
Feb 092015
 

pretty purple scallops

These little 2-hole sliders make it easy to put together a double strand necklace. You could also use them to make multi-strand  bracelets.

What creates the scallops is that you use more beads on the lower strand than on the upper. You can design them to be as shallow or as deep as you’d like, just be sure to create proportions that are pleasing.

The little heart pendant is a whimsical touch that you can leave off if you want. Keep in mind that if you add a very heavy pendant, it will change the shape of your scallop.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Pretty Purple Scallops Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 4 Swarovski Elements Square Sliders in Tanzanite
  • 3mm purple glass seed beads, one hank
  • 4 crimps
  • 4 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • lobster clasp
  • 2 jump rings
  • 12mm crystal heart pendant and large jump ring or pinch bail (optional)
  • 2 30-inch pieces bead stringing wire

Tools:

See video for complete instructions.

Jan 052015
 

Ombre Necklace

This necklace is all about the beads and the ombre shading from dark to light.  Once you’ve chosen all your beads the little silver spacers tie everything together and the stringing is simple.

As usual I chose to make mine adjustable. In the video I show you a trick for using fine chain, rather than the chunky I usually use, and still have a necklace that’s adjustable in length.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Ombre Blend Necklace Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 10-12 dark blue beads
  • 10-12 medium dark blue beads
  • 10-12 medium blue beads
  • 10-12 medium light blue beads
  • 10-12 light blue beads
  • 3mm silver spacer beads
  • bead stringing wire
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • silver plated chain, fine gauge
  • 4mm jump rings
  • lobster clasp

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Cut the fine gauge chain into 1 inch pieces. Reconnect the pieces with 4mm jump rings to make chains the length you need.
  2. Onto bead stringing wire slide a crimp, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Add one end of your piece of chain to the wire protector. Slide the wire end back through the crimp and bring crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Trim shorter piece of wire close to crimp. Cover crimp with a crimp cover by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimp and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape cover into a round bead shape if necessary.
  3. Slide a spacer bead onto your wire. Add all your lightest color beads, each separated by a spacer bead. Continue to add beads from lightest to darkest,  each separated by a spacer bead. End with a spacer bead.
  4. Repeat step 2 to finish end, adding a lobster clasp to end of one of piece of chain.
Sep 082014
 

Here’s another necklace I’ll be teaching soon at my local Joann’s.  We’ll be focusing on the basics of bead stringing.  

bead-stringing-necklace

As I mention in the video, the stringing of beads is the easy part.  Just use the wire like a needle & thread and slide on your beads.  The real work is in the arranging, designing and of course, making sure you have secure closures.

bead-stringing-close-up

We start out by using quite inexpensive beads (would you believe most of those purple ones are plastic?) but you can still get a pretty piece of jewelry.  Plus it’s good to learn on something that won’t break your heart if the closures let go.  🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

YOu can watch Bead Stringing 101- Beaded Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 7” strand assorted 10mm-15mm beads in colors of your choice
  • 1 strand 4mm crystal beads to coordinate with 7” strand
  • 1 strand 6mm crystal beads to coordinate with 7” strand
  • 1 hank clear large glass seed beads
  • 1 spool bead stringing wire (.018, 49 strand)
  • silver plated lobster clasp
  • 3 – 6mm silver plated jump rings
  • 4- 2x3mm silver plated crimp beads
  • 4mm silver plated round spacer beads (the package I got had 16)
  • optional (4-6 inch piece of chunky chain)

Tools:

  • crimping pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • bead design board
  • Bead Bugs Bead Stoppers
  • tape measure 

To make necklace:

  1. Open assorted bead strand onto longest channel in bead design board.
  2. Open each strand of crystal beads, silver plated beads and large seed beads into a separate compartment in bead design board.
  3. Remove 3-5 beads from Jesse James assortment to use in second strand. Arrange these in another channel in board.
  4. Arrange crystal beads and silver plated beads around focal beads in a pleasing design.
  5. Use large glass seed beads to fill in length of necklace, especially going around the back.
  6. Leaving bead stringing wire on the spool, string beads onto wire. When length and arrangement are to your satisfaction, cut off the wire, leaving 3 inches extra wire on each end.
  7. Make sure to secure each end with a Bead Bug.
  8. Repeat stringing, cutting and clamping for second strand of beads. It should be slightly shorter than the first strand.
  9. Remove bead stopper from one end of longer bead strand. Slide on a crimp tube and a soldered jump ring.
  10. Slide wire back through crimp tube, pull snug to jump ring. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp, first using round portion then “U” shaped portion of pliers.
  11. Test hold of crimp by pulling on jump ring. Once it is secure trim excess wire.
  12. Repeat steps 9-11 to add one end of shorter strand to same jump ring.
  13. Repeat steps 9-12 to add two remaining wire ends to another jump ring.
  14. Use wire cutters to make a split in a jump ring. Use this jump ring to attach lobster clasp to one of the soldered jump rings.
  15. Optional:  To add length to your necklace and make it adjustable, use a split jump ring to attach a piece of chain to the other soldered jump ring.
Mar 132013
 

jasper-brass-triple-strand-necklace-close

You might remember these fancy jasper beads I picked up at a bead show last fall.  (Of course unless if you’re like me… I can barely recall what I did yesterday, ha.)

Gotta love these little brass beads, I think they work perfectly.  The stone dagger beads had so much presence that it seemed like they needed to not stand alone, but be accented by multiple strands.

jasper-brass-triple-strand-necklace

This technique of going from several strands into a bead cap and down to just a single chain not only makes the necklace lighter and more comfortable to wear, but it helps conserve your precious beads.

Click on any of the pics to see them bigger.

jasper-brass-triple-strand-necklace-side

Hope you find some pretty beads you love and give this a try yourself. Send me pics of what you’ve done, if you have a sec.  🙂

Still no joy with WordPress letting us embed videos, so here’s the link to the Jasper & Brass Bead Triple Strand Necklace Video Tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Happy creating!

  • 1 strand each:
    • fancy jasper dagger beads
    • 4mm round brass beads
    • 2mm faceted brass beads
    • 6mm wooden disk beads
  • black seed beads
  • 3 – 20 inch pieces beading wire
  • crimp beads
  • 2 eye pins
  • 2 3-hole spacer bars
  • 2 bead caps
  • 2 6-inch pieces chain
  • jump rings

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • 2 pair chain nose pliers
  • crimping pliers, if desired
  • wire cutters
  • bead bugs or other tool for gripping wire

Instructions:

  1. String 16 inches of beads onto each 20 inch piece of beading wire, securing ends with bead bugs.
  2. Arrange strands in desired order and slip one wire end of each strand through a spacer bar, keeping strands in order.
  3. Add ½ inch of seed beads or small beads to each strand coming out of spacer bar.
  4. Slide each wire end through a crimp bead, then feed wire back through the crimp bead, leaving a small loop of wire. Crimp with crimping pliers or flatten with chain nose pliers, testing to be sure crimp is secure. Trim off excess wire.
  5. Open loop of an eye pin. Place each wire loop onto eye of eye pin. Close eye pin securely and feed through a bead cap.
  6. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead cap.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose or crimping pliers to tuck in end.
  7. Arrange other ends of bead strands in necklace shape. Determine desired spacing of strands, then remove excess beads as needed and repeat steps 2-6 to finish.
  8. Attach a piece of 6 inch chain to each wrapped loop, using jump rings, if necessary.
  9. Attach lobster clasp to end of one chain with a jump ring.
  10. If needed, attach a jump ring to remaining end of chain.
Dec 202012
 

This necklace is a remake of a favorite I’ve had for years.  I think I love it so much because it’s simple, yet funky and it goes with everything.

funky-random-bead-necklace-006

Stringing bead dangles onto a ring is a great way to use up single, perhaps orphan beads. (You know, those beads that you love, but don’t know what to do with and can’t bear to part with?)

funky-random-bead-necklace-011

Just pull together an assortment of sizes, shapes and colors that you like and you’ve got something very cool. (In fact, the more assorted the beads, the better it looks.)

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • 36-inches rat tail cord
  • two “cord grabber” findings
  • lobster clasp
  • 1-inch metal ring
  • three jump rings
  • three head pins
  • four focal beads with 10-12 assorted accent beads
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Set aside one focal bead and two accent beads with large holes to decorate cord of necklace.
  2. Arrange remaining beads into three groups of bead dangles. Slide each set of bead dangles onto a head pin. To make each head pin into a dangle, grasp wire with chain nose pliers just where it exits last bead and bend wire end at 90-degree angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and begin to form a loop. Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop. Wrap remaining wire several times around wire exiting bead. Trim excess wire with wire cutters and tuck in cut end with chain nose pliers.
  3. Fold rat tail cord in half and slide remaining large hole accent bead, focal bead, and accent bead onto cord. Slide loop of cord into1-inch metal ring; then pull ends of cord through loop. Position beads over knot just made. Tie an overhand knot in cords above beads.
  4. Use jump rings to attach three bead dangles to metal ring.
  5. Attach “cord grabber” findings to ends of rat tail cord and flatten with pliers to secure. Attach lobster clasp to one end to complete necklace.

 

Aug 162012
 

I purchased a dangly beaded pendant a while back, and liked it so much I decided to copy it in different colors.  I showed how I made it into a necklace in this video tutorial.

charm-dangle-necklace-still-1

Here’s the new one.

silk-ribbon-charm-dangle-necklace-still

And here’s the original. Now I can’t decide which I like best.

Bummer that I can only wear one at a time, lol.

Anyhow, enjoy the video and make one for YOU in your favorite colors.

Materials:

  • closed metal ring, approx. 1 inch to 1 ½ inches in diameter
  • five lengths of chain: 2 inches, 2 3/8 inches, 1 1/8 inches, 1 1/2 inches and 26 inches
  • seven beads for dangles
  • two charms
  • seven decorative head pins
  • five 10mm jump rings
  • three 8mm jump rings
  • lobster clasp
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. For bead dangles, thread a bead onto each head pin. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a loop at the top of each head pin. Cut off excess head pin with wire cutters.
  2. Attach lobster clasp to one end of 26-inch chain with an 8mm jump ring. Set aside.
  3. Attach bead dangles to four remaining pieces of chain in a pleasing arrangement. Use 8mm jump rings to attach charms to two of these pieces of chain.
  4. Use a 10mm jump ring to attach the top of each of these four pieces of chain to the closed metal ring.
  5. Attach final 10mm jump ring to metal ring and thread 26-inch chain through to complete necklace.

Happy Creating!