This necklace design was inspired by the lava-like beads and inlaid teardrop. It has a definite Hawaiian influence and therefore is a perfect accessory for local style fashions. In less than an hour the beads can be strung on beading wire, a clasp added, and it’s ready to wear.
1) One 2-1/4” inlaid teardrop pendant (Imagine It)
2) 7 wooden seed beads (1/8”)
3) 16 irregular triangle wooden beads (1/4”-3/8”)
4) 6 irregular shell beads (3/8”)
5) 20 round lava beads (1/2”)
6) 2 rectangular carved wooden beads (7/8”x5/8”)
7) 2 round wooden beads (1/4”)
8) One set copper hook clasp with jump rings
9) 3” piece of bronze wire (Vintaj)
10) 24” bronze-colored bead stringing wire (7 strand Beadalon)
11) 2 copper 3mm beads (Sierra Pacific)
1) Crimping tool
2) Wire cutter
1) String a few seed beads onto the bronze wire, pass it through the pendant, add the rest
of the seed beads, and twist the wire into a circle, trimming the ends.
2) Pass the stringing wire through the seed bead circle.
3) Add the beads in this order : triangle wood, shell, triangle wood, shell, triangle wood,
shell, lava, rectangle wood, 9 lava, 5 triangle wood, round wood.
4) String the beads in the same order on the other side of the necklace.
5) Use the copper bead like a crimp, stringing the end of the wire through the copper
bead, then through the jump ring and back through the copper bead.
6) Pass the end of the wire back through a few more beads before crimping the copper
7) Do step 6 on the other side of the necklace.
Tip: You can use regular crimping tube beads instead of the 3mm copper beads and add
crimp covers but the squashed copper beads look rather natural and match the
overall look of the necklace.
© 2008 Ben Franklin
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