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~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ


~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

String of Promises

When a single string of small beads turn out to be too slim for the necklace I have in mind, I employ multi-strands of these small beads to build volume.

On this project, I worked with freshwater rice pearls from 3 to 5mm in size strung through two and five strands of gold beading wire.

"String of Promises" Necklace

"String of Promises" Necklace

A couple of 8mm potato pearls served as connection stations. And another one as the ball in the ball-and-loop clasp. The focal point is a reddish-brown ceramic heart that I picked up at a quaint bead store at Saint Augustine, Florida.  

Here’s how I put it all together.

Materials:

1 red 29×26mm ceramic heart
3 peacock 8mm freshwater potato pearl
24 amber 6mm Czech cathedral rounds
30 copper 6/0 seed beads
60 assorted peacock/copper 4-6 mm freshwater potato pearls
12 amber 8/0 seed beads
1 metallic brown 11/0 seed bead
6 gold-filled 2mm crimp tubes
4″ of gold-filled 14k 24-gauge wire
71″ of gold .01 beading wire

Instructions:

  1. Cut the beading wire into 9 strands of 9-inch lengths.
  2. Using 2 inches of 24-gauge wire, form a wrapped loop. String 1 copper seed, 1 peacock 8mm pearl, and 1 copper seed. Close with a wrapped loop. Repeat to make two pearl stations.
  3. Pick up 2 beading wire strands and string 1 crimp tube, 2 bronze seeds, 1 peacock 8mm pearl, and 1 metallic brown 11/0 seed. Restring both strands back into the pearl, copper seeds and crimp tube. Crimp to create the ball of the ball-and-loop clasp. String (1 cathedral, 1 copper seed, 1 cathedral, 1 pearl on one strand and 2 pearls on the other strand), five times. String 1 copper seed, 1 cathedral, and 1 copper seed. Use a crimp tube to attach the wires to one end of a pearl station from Step 2.
  4. Pick up 5 beading wire strands. Use a crimp tube to attach the wires to the other end of the pearl station in Step 3.
  5. Using all 5 strands, string 1 copper seed, 1 cathedral, and 1 copper seed. Separate the strands and on each one string 1 peacock pearl.
  6. Repeat Step 5 twice. String 1 copper seed and the ceramic heart. Repeat Step 5 three times. Gather the 5 strands and string 1 copper seed, 1 cathedral, 1 copper seed. Use a crimp tube to attach the wires to one end of the other pearl station from Step 2.
  7. Pick up 2 beading wire strands and use a crimp tube to attach to the other end of the pearl station from Step 6. String (1 copper seed, 1 cathedral, 1 copper seed, 1 peacock pearl on one strand, 2 peacock pearls on the second strand, and 1 cathedral) five times. String 1 copper seed, 1 cathedral, 1 crimp tube, and 12 amber seeds. Loop back and insert the wires into the first amber seed and crimp tube to create the loop of the ball-and-loop clasp. Crimp to secure and trim off excess wires.
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