Arrange the 12 Swarovski crystals and five 3mm brass beads into three rows of different lengths and patterns.
Slide a crimp bead onto bead stringing wire, then slide the wire through one of the wires going around the bottom of the ammonite. Slide the end of the wire back through the crimp, pull snug and crimp. Add a crimp cover if desired.
Slide on one row of Swarovski crystals and brass beads, then add a tourmaline bead. Slide on a crimp and crimp, adding a crimp cover if desired. Trim excess wire.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add two more dangles to the bottom of the ammonite.
Slide a crimp onto bead stringing wire, slide wire through end link of one of your lengths of chain. Slide wire back through crimp and crimp, adding a crimp cover if desired.
String remaining 17 brass beads and 16 tourmaline beads in an alternating pattern onto bead stringing wire.
Repeat step 5 to add remaining length of chain.
Slide ammonite pendant onto necklace.
Use chain nose pliers to open a jump ring and add to end link of one chain and a jump ring. Close securely.
Every time I look at these stick pearls all I can think is “Dragon’s Teeth.” Not sure why, but that’s where my mind goes, so there you have it.
I suppose I could have named it “Spiky Stick Pearl Necklace” but that wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting. Amiright?
In this necklace I show you a technique for using multiple strands of beading wire and having them twist and turn amongst each other. You can use any beads you like to do this, from very simple and elegant, to the crazy and funky direction that I went.
Whatever you create, have fun and enjoy the process. 🙂
Today’s necklace uses leaf charms in a different sort of way, strung onto beading wire, along with some metal cubes and green serpentine beads.
After I finished I thought of several variations you could make. How about making a cluster of leaves at the center, hanging each one on a different length of chain? Or you could have each leaf on a bit of chain, perhaps graduating in length from the center out. How about using all different charms, like the ones for a charm bracelet? Oh, the possibilities. 🙂
Since the serpentine beads are heavy, we use two crimps on each end for added security.
Onto bead stringing wire slide two crimps, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Slide the wire end back through the crimps and bring one crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Leave enough room for crimp covers and flatten second crimp next to first. Cover crimps with a crimp covers by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimps and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape covers into a round bead shape if necessary.
Onto stringing wire slide 3 inches of alternating 3mm cube beads and 4mm glass beads.
Onto stringing wire slide a pattern of one 12mm serpentine bead, a 3mm cube bead, leaf charm and another 3mm cube. Repeat until you have 9 leaf charms. Finish with one more 12mm serpentine bead.
Repeat step 2, then repeat step 1 to finish beaded section of necklace.
Attach 6-inch piece of chain to one wire protector. Attach clasp to other end of this chain.
Attach 8-inch piece of chain to other wire protector.
Here’s another necklace I’ll be teaching soon at my local Joann’s. We’ll be focusing on the basics of bead stringing.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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. 🙂
String 16 inches of beads onto each 20 inch piece of beading wire, securing ends with bead bugs.
Arrange strands in desired order and slip one wire end of each strand through a spacer bar, keeping strands in order.
Add ½ inch of seed beads or small beads to each strand coming out of spacer bar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attach a piece of 6 inch chain to each wrapped loop, using jump rings, if necessary.
Attach lobster clasp to end of one chain with a jump ring.
If needed, attach a jump ring to remaining end of chain.
The wonderful thing about crafting and making wonderful stuff is that the stuff we start with doesn’t have to be particularly amazing in order for the end result to be terrific.
This graceful crystal and wire necklace started with just a strand of crystals that were on sale at my local craft store.
Add a bit of chain, a few jump rings and a little wire wrapping know-how, and you’ve got something rather special.
So, what simple stuff is in your crafting space, just waiting to be made into something amazing?
11 crystal beads
chain in the following lengths: two at 7 inches, two at 1.5 inches, one each at 3.5 inches and 2 inches
spool of 22 gauge wire
two pair chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
Note: These are the supplies required to make the 32-inch necklace pictured, but feel free to adapt the technique to suit your own personal taste and materials on hand.
To make wire-wrapped bead:
Without cutting wire from spool, slide a bead onto wire. Grasp wire with round nose pliers 1 inch from end of wire. Form a loop around pliers (wires should be perpendicular to each other).
Hold loop with chain nose pliers and coil wrap 1-inch end around wire. Trim end with wire cutters and tuck in. Slide bead up to meet coils.
Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead. Bend wire at 90-degree 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. Keep round nose pliers in loop and wrap wire several times around wire above bead. Trim off wire and use chain nose pliers to tuck end in. File wire ends smooth if necessary.
To attach length of chain or another wire wrapped bead:
After completing step 1, slide end link of chain or loop of wire-wrapped bead into loop just formed. Proceed with steps 2 and 3.
To complete necklace, make two sets of three wrapped crystals and two sets of two wrapped crystals. Alternate wrapped crystal units with smaller lengths of chain, using jump rings to attach when necessary. Attach a 7-inch length of chain to each end. Attach a lobster clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other to complete.
I pulled a picture of a necklace out of a fashion catalog some time ago. There was just something about the design that appealed to me. Finally, I’m getting around to making it for myself.
In the video I explain my thought process, and how I made the design my own.
One thing that needs to be changed (and I kinda mention it in the video) is that the jump rings to the top of the center oval need to be a little larger. At the size they are they actually stick and it doesn’t hang straight. Just something to keep in mind…
Do you ever find that a favorite necklace would be perfect with a particular outfit… if only it were just a little bit longer or shorter?
One of my favorite techniques for solving this problem is to string beads or pendants onto a leather cord. Today I chose to use some earthy-crunchy bohemian style beads, but you can just pull out whatever strikes your particular fancy. 🙂
The great thing about this necklace is that you don’t need any clasps or findings, AND in this video tutorial I’ll show you how to make an adjustable sliding knot closure so it can be any length you please.