I designed this necklace with the unconventional bride in mind - maybe someone who is getting married on a mountaintop at sunset. The cool thing about it is that it is easy to make and it can be worn dressed up or more casually. You can use any Miyuki multi mix
you like and any multi-strand clasp
you want to design this piece. The unique thing about this necklace design? You can wear the clasp in front, on the side or even in the back for an unexpected "wow!" moment. Shanna Steele, Aunties Beads Designer
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Before you begin, pull out a couple dozen same size and color seed beads from your mix. I decided to pull out the small (3mm bugles) because I had so many of them, but you may want to use size 11/0 seed beads if you have a lot of them.
- If your clasp has any jump rings attached, cut them off. Then, using 2 pair of chain nose pliers, open a jump ring and attach it to one of the loops on the clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat this process until you have attached jump rings to all 6 loops on the clasp.
- Cut a piece of beading wire measuring about 19 inches in length. String a crimp bead toward one end. Run your wire through jump ring number one on one side of the clasp (a jump ring at the top of the clasp). Run the wire back down through the crimp bead. Secure the crimp bead using your crimper tool. If using, put a Sbeady needle at the end of your wire for easy stringing.
- String 16 inches of your multi mix, not counting the crimp bead. Add a crimp bead toward one end. Run your wire through jump ring number three on the other side of the clasp (a jump ring at the bottom of the clasp) then back down though the crimp bead and a few nearby seed beads. Crimp. Cut excess wire.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 one more time.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4, this time stringing your seed beads so they start at loop three on the first side of the clasp and end on loop one on the other side of the clasp. (Crisscrossing your strands this way will appear to give the piece more volume and a little bit of a "twisted" look.)
- Cut another piece of beading wire measuring about 19 inches in length. String a crimp bead toward one end. Run the wire through the jump ring on the middle loop of one side of the clasp then back down through the crimp bead. Crimp.
- String a 6mm glass pearl followed by one of the seed beads you set aside in step 1. Repeat the pattern of glass pearl, seed bead, glass pearl, seed bead until you have almost 16 inches of beads. Add a glass pearl and a crimp bead. Run your wire through the jump ring in the middle on the other side then back down through the crimp and the last glass pearl strung. Crimp. Cut excess wire.
Red Howlite 3 Strand Clasp, 35x42mm or any multi-strand specialty clasp
Miyuki Multi Bead Mix, Turquoise and Coral or any Miyuki multi mix
(about 15 grams)
6mm Glass Pearl Round Bead Strand, Crystal Champagne or any 6mm glass pearl beads
Beadalon 19-strand Wire, 30 ft, .015, Silver
2mm crimp beads
in a color that matches your clasp and the beads being used (10 pieces)
Beadalon Sbeady Needle for .015" Beading Wire (optional, but handy for stringing multiple strands of seed beads)
Auntie's Beads Designer