| Desert Flower Necklace
This project begins with a simple St. Petersburg chain, which is then embellished with seed bead loops and a pretty focal bead. The carved bone rectangle and warm seed bead colors create the feel of a desert sunset. Once you know the technique, you can create different looks by changing the length of the fringe, alternating colors, or using unique focal beads.
- Desert Flower Necklace, created by Mortira vanPelt of Inspirational Beading
Create a Toggle Clasp:
1. On about 1 yard of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6 inch tail.
2. Create a panel of odd-count peyote stitch, using root beer seed beads. The panel should be 13 beads high and 4 beads wide.
3. Fold the edges of the panel together, and use peyote stitch to zip up the sides, forming a tube. Retrace the thread path and exit from the opposite end of the tube.
4. Pick up 3 ruby seed beads, and stitch down into the next seed bead in the tube. Stitch up through the following root beer bead in the row.
5. Pick up 3 ruby seed beads, and stitch down through the remaining seed bead at the end of the tube.
6. Stitch up through the next root beer bead in the tube, and the following ruby seed bead of the picot on top.
7. Pick up 1 ruby seed bead, and stitch down through the next picot, and into the tube. Repeat on the other side.
8. Remove the stop bead, and thread a needle on the tail. Repeat steps 4-7 to add picots to the other end of the tube.
9. Weave in the tail threads, and secure them with one or two half-hitch knots. Pull the final knot into an adjacent bead, and trim the threads.
1. Cut 2.5 yards of Fireline, and secure a stop bead with a 10 inch tail.
2. Pick up 6 root beer seed beads, and slide them to the stop bead. Stitch up through the 2 middle seed beads (the 3rd and 4th picked up), and pull tight. This will form two stacks of beads in a P shape.
3. Pick up 1 root beer bead and stitch down through the top 3 seed beads in the longer stack from the previous step. Pull the thread snug.
4. Pick up 1 yellow seed bead, and stitch up through the smaller, 2 bead stack.
5. Pick up 4 root beer beads, and stitch up through the first 2. Pull tight.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 51 times. Add the final yellow seed bead.
7. Pick up 36 root beer seed beads. Stitch back down through the first 2, and continue down through the final stack of beads in the chain.
8. Weave the remaining thread into the beadwork, tying a few half-hitch knots, and trim.
9. Repeat Steps 1-6 to create a second chain.
10. After adding the final 8/0 bead, pick up 10 root beer beads, and stitch through a center bead in the peyote toggle. Stitch back down through the 10 beads and into the chain.
11. Weave in the remaining thread.
1. Attach a stop bead to about 3 yards of Fireline, leaving a 6 inch tail. Stitch down through one of the chains, entering just below the clasp, and exit from the bottom of the last yellow 8/0.
2. Pick up 15 ruby seed beads, and stitch back up through the 8/0 bead. Pull tight to form a loop.
3. Pick up 5 ruby seed beads, and stitch down through the next 8/0 seed bead in the chain.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, making sure that the working thread exits behind the previous loops as you stitch.
5. Add the final loop of 15 ruby seed beads, and stitch up through the 8/0 and into the stack of root beer seed beads above it.
6. To connect the chains, stitch down through the first stack of root beer seed beads in the second chain, exiting from the bottom. Do not weave in the thread.
7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the other chain, making sure that the fringe is on the correct side. The two chains should mirror each other.
8. Remove the stop beads from the tails at the clasps, and weave in the thread. Retrace the thread path through the loop and toggle to add strength. Trim the tails.
Attach the Focal:
1. Remove the original stop beads from both chains. With one of the threads, pick up 2 root beer seed beads, one 8/0, the focal bead, one 8/0 and 2 root beer seed beads.
2. Skipping the last root beer seed bead, stitch back up through all of the beads just added, and up through the final stack of the opposite chain.
3. Weave in the remaining thread with a few half hitch knots. Exit from the back of the beadwork and trim the thread.
4. Pick up each of the remaining threads one at a time, and retrace the thread path of the focal section. Weave in the tails, and trim.
Adding the scalloped fringe will cause the St. Petersburg chain to curve slightly. Make sure that your tension is even throughout, and the finished chain will have a nice, smooth shape.
The seed bead fringe covers the 8/0 beads almost completely. In this piece, they show up well because the ruby beads are transparent, and create a distinct contrast. If your bead choices are similar in color or finish, the 8/0 beads will be hidden within the beadwork.
Materials and Tools Needed:
8g 11/0 transparent rootbeer seed beads
10g 11/0 transparent ruby seed beads
5g 8/0 opaque yellow seed beads
1 carved bone focal
12-15 yds. Fireline Crystal 6lb test
- Created by Mortira vanPelt of Inspirational Beading
Everyday Elegance - Full Instructions
The Lantern beads are one of my favorite styles, and I love combining silver and black. I like to make earrings that can be worn for any occasion. I think these earrings would look great with just about anything…think jeans and a black turtleneck, or a cocktail dress at a holiday party. The lantern beads provide a sleek, sophisticated look, while the dangles add movement and a touch of whimsy, creating an elegant balance.
- Created by Lisa Hughes Iversen of Angel Whispers Jewelry
- Using a 2mm ball head pin, place on a 4mm black bicone, 4mm Bali spacer, and 2mm sterling silver round bead.
- Bend the head pin over the top of the silver bead, using a flush cutter trim to 1/4″ and make a simple loop using a round nose pliers – repeat 5 times – for a total of 6 dangles.
- Take an eye pin, open the loop with a chain nose pliers, slip on 3 of the dangles, close the loop, and repeat with the second eye pin.
- Take one of the eye pins, place a starburst spacer, lantern bead, a starburst spacer, a 4mm black bicone, a 4mm flat Bali spacer, and a 2mm sterling silver round bead.
- Hold the eye pin above the 2mm bead, using a flat nose pliers, bend the wire to a 90 degree angle – in the same direction as the bottom loop, trim to 1/4 ” and make a simple loop.
- Repeat steps 5 & 6 with the second eye pin.
- Slip completed earrings onto French Hook ear wires or your own handmade ear wires.
Materials and Tools Needed:
Sterling Silver Lantern Bead – 12mm – 2 pieces
Sterling Silver eye pins – 2 pieces
Sterling Silver ball head pins – 6 pieces
Swarovski Crystal bicone beads – jet black - 8 pieces
Spacers – 4mm Flat Bali – 8 pieces
Spacers – Starburst Bali spacers – 4 pieces
Sterling Silver round bead – 2mm – 8 pieces
Sterling Silver Earwire with 2 mm Ball, 21 Gauge, Pair
or Handmade Ear wires (SEE POST BELOW)
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
- Created by Lisa Hughes Iversen of Angel Whispers Jewelry
Make Your Own French Ear Wires
French Hook Ear Wires (Instructions)
Learn How to create your very own handmade french hook ear wires. And don’t forget to check back soon to view the full instructions for the “Everyday Elegance” earrings. You’ll get to use the french wires you create from this post! These earrings were created by Lisa Hughes Iversen of Angel Whispers Jewelry.
- Using a flush cutter, cut a 2″ length of 22 wire. If using a headpin instead of wire, simply cut the head off the pin. File if needed.
- Using a round nose pliers and holding it at the very tip of the wire, roll the pliers away from you, making a very small loop, Turn the wire over so the loop is facing up and place the pliers above the completed loop ( about 1/4″ up the shaft of the pliers) with your thumb, push the wire under the pliers until it meets up with the small loop.
- Using an ink pen, or other small cylinder shape, hold the wire against the pen with your thumb, with the edge of the loop snug against your thumb. Using your other hand, bend the long end of the wire around the barrel of the pen.
- Repeat steps 1-3 with the second wire.
- Compare the ear wires when finished and make adjustments by bending, or by putting the wires back over the pen together and pulling on the wire.
- Using a flat nose pliers, hold the very end of the ear wire and make a slight bend by tilting the pliers toward you.
- If available, place ear wires on a steel block or anvil and tap lightly with a chasing hammer to harden.
- Open larger loop slightly and slip earring on by sliding it up from the end to the loop area. Close loop and repeat with second earring.
Tools & Materials Needed:
22 gauge wire or 2 inch sterling silver head pins
Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Steel block or anvil
French Wire Instructions provided by Lisa Hughes Iversen of Angel Whispers Jewelry
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