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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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~ 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.

“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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Brown Multi-strand Bracelet

Sometimes I discover that I have a lot of loose beads and findings that are either leftovers from a previous project or have not found their way into a new creation. That’s when I’m inspired to make a nonchalant, asymmetrical, free-for-all piece to put these loose pieces to work. And this bracelet is what happened just now.

Brown Multi-Strand Bracelet

Let me inspire you to make one for yourself.

Start by gathering assorted beads. Depending on how thick you want your multi-strand bracelet to be, prepare several feet of stringing material (I used brown waxed cord on this one). Decide what findings you will use to hold the cord pieces together (I used round cord end caps). Choose your clasp (I used a lobster clasp).

Assorted beads

Cut the cord into your desired length. Remember to allow for the total length of the clasp which includes the cord end caps and the clasp assembly. Bring the cord ends together with a rubber band and glue them onto one cord end cap.

Waxed cord

Cord End Cap

String your assorted beads randomly.

Strings of random beads

Measure the length of the bracelet, trim the cords, glue onto the end cap, and attach the clasp.

Multi-strand bracelet

And there’s your lovely, nonchalant, multi-strand assorted beads bracelet for any occasion.

Brown Multi-Strand Bracelet

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