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.

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.