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Beauty Is On The Inside Necklace Project
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Susie came back from a trip to Italy raving about jewelry she had bought using mesh tubing. It was just as exquisite as she had explained with crystals and pearls floating inside this elegant mesh. Lo and behold, six months later, we finally found the tubing! I used glass pearls and crystals inside the mesh tubing to create a look that is stunning, elegant and a bit mysterious and playful. Try this look with any bead combination you wish!

Shanna Steele, Aunties Beads Designer Author Shanna Steele
Shanna Steele
Auntie's Beads Designer
  1. Take a scrap piece of artistic wire (a few inches will suffice) and wrap it around one end of the mesh tubing. Make sure you are wrapping it tightly enough around the end so that the wire doesn't slip. Also, make sure you leave about 1/4 inch of the tubing exposed at the end of the wire since this is where your crimp end will go.
  2. Take whichever beads you are using and mix them all together on a bead mat. Start scooping them into the mesh. You will probably want to use all of them.
  3. Take another piece of scrap wire and wrap your tubing at the other end. You will want to leave some slack in the tubing - probably about an inch on each side - so that your beads will lay correctly inside the tubing and will act as a central weight for the tubing. Once you are sure your wire is securely in place, cut any excess tubing, remembering to leave about 1/4 of an inch.
  4. Apply a dab of glue to one end of the necklace. Apply your crimp end. Use your chain nose pliers to secure the crimp end. Repeat this process on the other end.
  5. Cut a piece of chain that measures between 4 and 5 inches, depending on how long you want your necklace to be. Cut another piece that measures the exact same length.
  6. Open a jump ring. Attach it to the loop on the crimp end. Attach a piece of chain to the jump ring. Use your chain nose pliers to close the jump ring. Repeat this process at the other end of the necklace.
  7. Open a jump ring. Attach it to one end of the chain and then to one half of the toggle clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat this process at the other end of the necklace.


Tools and Materials Needed:

Neutral Necklace:
In Mesh Wide Tubing by the Foot, Black (12 inches)
Glass Pearl Bead Mix, Ivory and Gold, 25g (50 grams)
Silver Pewter Pinch Crimp End, 3.5mm (2 pieces)
Artistic Wire, 20 Gauge, Non-Tarnish Silver Plate, 25 Feet (about 8 inches)
Drawn Box Chain, Silver Plate, 3x5mm (about 8 inches)
Silver Filled 9mm Toggle With 3 Rings
Silver open jump rings (4 pieces)
Nipper Tool
Chain Nose Pliers
Hypo Cement

Bright Necklace:
In Mesh Wide Tubing by the Foot, Black (12 inches)
6mm Glass Pearl Round Bead Strand, Multi (1 strand)
Chinese Crystal Rondelle Bead Strand, Multi, 4x6mm (1 strand)
Chinese Crystal 4mm Bicone Bead Strand, Multi (1 strand)
Silver Pewter Pinch Crimp End, 3.5mm (2 pieces)
Artistic Wire, 20 Gauge, Non-Tarnish Silver Plate, 25 Feet (about 8 inches)
Drawn Box Chain, Silver Plate, 3x5mm (about 8 inches)
Silver Filled 9mm Toggle With 3 Rings
Silver open jump rings (4 pieces)
Nipper Tool
Chain Nose Pliers
Hypo Cement


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