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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.

“My Favorite Things” Necklace

Don’t you just love wearing your favorite things around your neck? One day back in 2007, I gathered a few of my favorite pendant charms and hung them from the toggle clasp of a single cord necklace.

Favorite Things Pendants Necklace

You can make your own collection of favorite things and turn them into a simple, easy-to-do necklace. Here’s how I did this one.

Materials:

1 crystal AB 11mm Swarovski pendant
1 siam 6mm Swarovski cube
1 light rose 4mm Swarovski round
2 clear fire-polished 3mm glass bead
1 Bali silver 13mm novelty “pig” bead
1 Bali silver 8mm fancy round bead
1 Bali silver 5mm tube bead
1 sterling silver 6mm heart bead
1 sterling silver 3mm round
2 sterling silver 2mm round
4 Bali silver 4mm daisy spacer
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
1.25” sterling silver fine cable chain
2 sterling silver 1.2mm crimp end
3 sterling silver 2” head pins
20” sterling silver 24 gauge wire
19” fuchsia 1mm waxed cord

Step 1: Attach crimp ends to the tips of the braided cotton cord. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the loop of the crimp end. String 2 daisies and form another wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat for the other half of the toggle clasp.

Step 2: Use a head pin to string 1 silver 2mm round, the pig bead, and 1 silver 2mm round, then close with a wrapped loop. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the wrapped loop of the pig bead. String the silver heart bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 3: Use a head pin to string the Swarovski cube, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to one end of the cable chain. Use a head pin to string the silver fancy bead, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the other end of the cable chain. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the chain at about 1/3 of its length. String 1 crystal bead, the silver tube bead, and 1 crystal bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 4: Use sterling silver wire to hang the Swarovski pendant with a wrapped loop. String 1 silver bead and close with a wrapped loop. Attach a wrapped loop then string the light rose Swarovski round and close with a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Favorite Things Cord Necklace

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“Almost Autumn” Necklace

This is another revival piece from 2006. It was the time I discovered seed beads. And multi-strands. I found luminescent “rosebud” glass beads and a pair of glass leaf pendants, all synchronized in color with the seed beads, and went for asymmetry with the toggle clasp along the side.

"Almost Autumn" Necklace

Now let me share the materials I used and the step-by-step tutorial for your reference.

Materials:

42” medium orange 11/0 seed beads
45” lime green transparent 11/0 seed beads
14 rosebud vitral light topaz 8mm fire-polished glass beads
2 yellow/green 25mm glass leaf pendants
6 sterling silver 4mm daisy spacers
2 Bali silver 10mm cones
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
2 sterling silver 2” eye pins
11’ of waxed nylon thread

Finished size: 19”

"Almost Autumn" Necklace Glass Leaves

Instructions:
Step 1: Cut the waxed thread into six 22-inch strands. Hold the 6 strands together and attach to one eye pin with a tight square knot. Dab a drop of glue on the knot to secure. Holding the strands together, thread them into the beading needle and string 1 rosebud and 1 daisy 5 times. String 1 more rosebud then remove the strands from the needle.

Step 2: Hold 3 strands together and string 1 rosebud, 1 glass leaf, 1 daisy, 1 glass leaf, and 1 rosebud; set aside.

Step 3: Pick up the 4th strand and string 3 lime green seed beads. Repeat with the 5th and 6th strand. Hold these 3 strands together and string 1 rosebud. Separate the strands again and string 3 lime green seed beads on each one.

Step 4: Gather all 6 strands again, thread through the needle, and string 1 rosebud. Remove strands from needle. String 2 inches of medium orange seed beads each on 3 strands and lime green seed beads on each of the other 3 strands. Repeat entire step three times by stringing 3 inches, 4 inches, and 5 inches of seed beads after each rosebud. Gather all 6 strands again, string 1 rosebud, and attach to an eye pin using a tight square knot. Dab glue to secure.

Step 5: Use one of the eye pins to string a cone and 1 lime green seed bead. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat entire step for the other half of the clasp.

"Almost Autumn" Necklace Toggle Clasp

Tip: To secure the seed bead strands, tie a tight knot after each rosebud bead and slip the knot into the bead hole to hide.

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“Old Rose” Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

I’d like to share one of my favorite projects from 2006 (barely a couple of years since I started my passion for handmade jewelry). I called it “Old Rose.” This was a submission to Stringing Magazine that didn’t quite make the cut (my other necklaces were chosen). The good news is I can personally publish this project’s list of materials and tutorial steps in detail.

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

And because I had long parted with this necklace (I don’t even remember who became the recipient), I can only use the original photos taken almost a decade ago, with a low resolution point-and-shoot. Nevertheless, I hope this inspires you to create your own favorite.

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

Materials
24 watermelon tourmaline 5mm round
20 watermelon tourmaline 4mm round
30 rhodonite 4mm cube
58 brown agate 4mm cube
12 fine liquid silver (heishi) 5/32” (.029” hole)
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
20 Bali silver 3mm daisy spacer
22 Bali silver 4mm daisy spacer
2 sterling silver 2×2mm crimp beads
44” .010 beading wire

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

Tools
Wire cutters
Crimping pliers
Chain-nose pliers

Finished size
19 ½”

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

Tip
When working with a double strand, instead of cutting the beading wire, fold it in half, insert one end of the toggle clasp into the fold and secure the wire with a crimp bead.

Step 1: Cut the beading wire into two 22” strands. Attach to one half of the toggle clasp using a crimp bead.

Step 2: Using both strands, string 1 small daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 small daisy, 12 brown agate, 1 small daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 small daisy, 7 rhodonite, 1 small daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 big daisy. Separate the strands and on each strand, string 1 liquid silver, 1 small daisy, 5 small tourmaline, 1 small daisy, and 1 liquid silver. Bring the strands together and string 1 big daisy, 5 brown agate, and 1 big daisy.

Step 3: Separate the strands. On one strand, string 1 liquid silver. Then string 1 big daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 7 big tourmaline three times. Continue with 1 big daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 1 liquid silver.

Step 4: On the other strand, string 1 liquid silver. Then string 1 big daisy, 5 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 1 big tourmaline three times. Continue with 1 big daisy, 5 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 1 liquid silver.

Step 5: Using the two strands together, repeat Step 2 in reverse sequence. Attach end of wire strands to the other half of the toggle clasp using a crimp bead.

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

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Yellow Jade Bib Necklace

Yellow Jade Bib Necklace

This project came up when I found myself buying bracelets of yellow jade at a novelty store at a nearby mall. They were on sale as lucky bracelets, which the sales lady even activated by resonating them in a metal bowl. I walked off with six bracelets, five of which I repurposed into this necklace project.

It started as a rough sketch on a yellow pad. I grabbed waxed cord matching the yellowish brown color of the beads.

Beads, cord, and design sketch.

Estimating six strands for a bib necklace, I measured about 18 inches each, accounting for the knots that will hold the beads in place. I knotted the beads in a seemingly random manner. Actually, I spaced the beads regularly but in different distances per string. All together, the beads will spread like a bib.

Beads knotted in waxed cord.

The challenge for every necklace design is how to bring the ends together. For this piece that has six “random” strands, I decided to use a separator bar with three holes. I slipped two strands into each hole and knotted off the strings of the end holes. The strings through the middle hole extended all the way to the clasp assembly.

Three-hole spacer bar.

Three-hole spacer bar.

Three-hole spacer bar.

The clasp I used is the screw-type barrel, common for necklaces. I used a cord end tip with a loop to secure each pair of middle strings. Then I attached the barrel clasp.

Screw-on Barrel Clasp

It wasn’t easy to adjust the lengths of the strings so that the bib effect looks clean. But I think my patience paid off.

Yellow Jade Bib Necklace

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Mexican Flag Bead Necklace

A few months ago, I received an email from a lady who said, “I had been searching the entire web for a beaded Mexican flag necklace, when your site popped up.” She found a photo of my beaded amulet bag of a Mexican flag. It was a custom project back in 2005.

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

The lady asked me if I could make one for her. I admitted that I have a day job and I’ve had to decline requests for projects that would require a lot of time, like this beaded flag. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and said she would be happy to wait for as long as it takes. So, then I couldn’t turn her down. I agreed to work with her.

I beaded for a few minutes a day until I was done. Because she wanted a necklace, not an amulet bag, I had to device a way to keep the beads in place as a pendant. Enter my polymer clay skills, et voila! The polymer clay backing and a sterling silver bail completed the necklace.

Here are the photos that I sent her before I shipped the item.

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - 2.5 inches wide

2.5 inches wide

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - polymer clay backing.

Polymer clay backing.

She said, “I really love this necklace. Thank you so much for taking time to customize this for me.”

I’m happy.

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Black As Night

My copy of the Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011 finally arrived. I couldn’t wait to see how they presented my “Black As Night” necklace.

"Black As Night"

"Black As Night"

I’ve always liked this piece because of its simplicity — what the magazine editors asked for in this issue. The ring design is my original — I’ve used it with various color themes and in several special order pieces. In fact, my pair of earrings with this ring design was featured in a back issue of Stringing Magazine. I like this design because it’s so easy to make, yet it lends a hint of drama to the necklace and to the wearer.

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011

Here’s a snapshot of a section of the table of contents:

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011 Table of Contents

Creative Jewelry Magazine 2011 Table of Contents

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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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Crystal Veil

One of my favorite necklace projects is what I called “Crystal Veil.” It’s basically just a pendant on a chain. The “pendant” and focal point of the piece is a series of simple-loop dangles hanging from a horizontal 20-gauge wire. The horizontal wire is looped at both ends and attached to chains that come together in a J-clasp.

Crystal Veil

Crystal Veil

Crystal Veil is one of the simplest concepts I came up with, but still made its way to Stringing Magazine’s Spring 2007 issue. It was also featured in the Best of Stringing 2009, in the Fun with Focals section.

"Crystal Veil" in Stringing Spring 2007

"Crystal Veil" in Stringing Spring 2007

Like they say, less is more.

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Fertile Ground

I am so thrilled! Stringing Fall 2010 is out! And my Fertile Ground necklace is on page 34! I had submitted this set to Stringing back in November. The magazine included the bracelet and earrings in the Summer issue and featured the necklace for Fall.

Designing this necklace was kind of a no-brainer to me. With the flower ceramic barrels as the focal beads, it just made sense to use pressed glass leaves in amber-gold. Rich brown fire-polished glass and mookaite cubes added to the earthy feel. And to make it more natural, I used waxed linen cord for stringing. Unrefined. Autumn.

Fertile Ground Set

Fertile Ground Set

NEWSFLASH!  To coincide with the release of Stringing Fall, our fellow designer, Michelle Mach, organized a blog carnival. And she’s giving away prizes!

The rules for the drawing are on Michelle’s blog: www.michellemach.com/blog/.  She has three great prizes: a copy of the Fall issue of Stringing magazine, a handmade porcelain pendant and coordinating beads by Gaea, and a small goodie pack of filigree, gemstones & other findings from Rings & Things.

Basically, leave one comment on one or more of the blogs and you will be entered into the random drawing. Each comment on a different designer’s page is another chance to win.  (Multiple comments on a single designer’s page counts only as one chance to win.) Giveaway closes on the 23rd and winners will be announced the 24th.

So, don’t waste time… visit the blogs of these Stringing contributors now! And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize!

Stringing Fall 2010

Stringing Fall 2010

Kristy Abner    Kelly Angeley   Marianne Baxter

 Carrie Beckwith              Melanie Brooks  

  Gaea Cannaday      Lorelei Eurto

Amy Haftkowycz     Beth Hemmila                   

     Tari Kahrs    Stephanie LaRosa 

Michelle Mach     Denise Yezbak Moore

     Kelly Morgan      Sharon Palac   Anne Perry     

Lisa Petrillo     Erin Prais-Hintz       Molly Schaller

            Erin Strother          Heather Trudeau 

 Jennifer Judd Velasquez   Jennifer Zeiger 

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Stringing Fall 2010 Table of Contents

Stringing Fall 2010 Table of Contents

Fertile Ground on Stringing Fall 2010

Fertile Ground on Stringing Fall 2010

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Grapevine

The moment I touched this calcite focal bead I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Luckily, there were strands of oval faceted calcite beads hanging on the walls at the store. I was sure I’d have no problem using them.

On the contrary, it took a long while for me to design a necklace with the calcites mainly because nothing in my stash worked with their neon green color. What exactly can match up with neon green?

Several months later, I found my answer. A bag of amethyst rounds! 

To hold the big focal bead in place, I chose a thickset sterling silver pendant slider. Bali sterling silver rounds and a toggle clasp completed the set. To make the small amethyst beads coordinate with the rest of the elements, I created a three-strand deal gathered into Bali SS cones at the toggle. Dangling amethysts over and under the focal bead fine-tuned the design.

Grapevine

"My name is 'Grapevine'."

When I completed the necklace, I stared at it and asked, “What should I call you?” The yellow-green color and the etchings on the focal bead reminded me of sprouting leaves. The purple amethysts could only be grapes maturing on a vine. The necklace answered, “I’m Grapevine.”

Every creation needs a name. A name is better than a description. A descriptive name is best.

“Grapevine” was featured in Stringing Magazine Spring 2006.

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

 *** The “Grapevine” eProject is available at Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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