Friday, May 13, 2011

Shell and glass bead necklace

Here is a necklace that I made for my mother as her mother's day gift. I didn't really have a completed project or directions to go by for this. I browsed some bead magazines and picked up a few ideas, like the beads inside the shell circles, but mostly I came up with my own design and went with it.

Here's a list of materials and a how to. Most of the materials came from Michael's. This is simply stringing and the only skill you need is crimping. Make sure you get the right size crimp bead for your stringing wire. Beadalon tells you on their packaging which to use. HERE is a tutorial on how to close a crimp bead.

Rose shell carved pendant
Beadalon Satin Silver stringing wire
2 crimp beads
2 split rings
1 lobster clasp
8 6mm gemstone beads
2 25mm Round lentil beads
8 Jet shell loops
6 round jet cat's eye
6 each 6, 8, and 10 mm faceted beads
16 silver bicone spacers
10 glass sead beads
10 white Nebula glass shiny 8x10mm beads

I didn't write down the finished length of my necklace, but I believe it is around 24 inches.

Start with 30-32 inches of beading wire. This will give you plenty to play with. Center your pendant. On one side string a white glass Nebula, a silver bicone spacer, a grey cat's eye, a shell circle- only string through one hole, then though a gemstone, then through the second hole of the circle so the gemstone is inside the circle. Continue with 1 white glass Nebula, a silver bicone spacer, a 10mm faceted bead, 8mm faceted, and 6 mm faceted, a shell circle with gemstone bead inside as before, another shell circle with gemstone inside, a silver bicone spacer, white glass Nebula, silver bicone spacer, cat's eye, 1 lentil, spacer, white glass Nebula, spacer, 10 mm faceted, 8 mm faceted, 6 mm faceted, a shell circle with gemstone inside, silver spacer, white glass Nebula, spacer, cat's eye, 10 mm faceted, 8 mm faceted, 6 mm faceted, 5 glass sead beads. Attach wire to split ring with crimp bead, pulling beads as close to ring as possible. Repeat sequence on the other side. Attach lobster clasp to a split ring. Attach wire to this split ring with a crimp bead, making sure pendant is still centered. Run extra wire through a few of the beads on each end and cut any extra wire.

I was pretty pleased with this and almost didn't give it away!  Did you make something for your Mother for Mother's Day? I'd love to hear about it or see it. Leave me a link to it!

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  1. This necklace is beautiful! I absolutely love it! I am visiting from Flamingo Toes!

  2. Hi! I'm your newest your blog and your work! I used to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator, so I know how much time and effort and creativity you're putting into each card! I haven't stamped too much since my son was born 2 years ago, but I love looking at what you've done. I also have just recently gotten interested in jewelry making in the past month or so, and I think your beaded creations are fabulous. I'd love to be bloggy friends and for you to visit me at
    PS - I like the music you picked on here too. :)

  3. Love that necklace! Great tutorial, too.

  4. What a beautiful necklace! I'm sure your mother absolutely adores it.

  5. This is really pretty. Great work! I hope you'll link up to Make It Wear It at!

  6. Fonda - Your necklace is simply gorgeous - I love the beds - very pretty. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn


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