Three Long Necklaces In A Short Amount Of Time

While I do have a few projects sitting on my knitting and crocheting needles, I decided to take a small break this week from working on them to make a few jewelry pieces.

I made this necklace about a year ago and unfortunately the chain I used has started to tarnish. I tried to clean it but it was to no avail, the tarnish is here to stay, so, I decided to remake it.

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To replace the chain sections I decided to use some glass pearls and natural shell beads I had in my collection strung on flexible beading wire. I’m always happy when I can use things I already have. So many times I find myself buying more items to create things as opposed to utilizing what’s in my collection.

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For the first section of the necklace I used three different sizes of the glass pearls arranging them from largest to smallest.

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While the second section remained the same as the original necklace, I updated the third section  – which used to be chain – with more glass pearls and the natural shell beads.

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And here’s the completed necklace. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but, once I tried it on I was much happier with it than I ever was with the original one.

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Up next I worked on a necklace that I got the idea from while I was out shopping one day. I liked the necklace I saw, but wasn’t too keen on the colors it was made with. I wanted something a little brighter and summery. It’s made up of alternating sections of seed beads and chain.

Supplies for this necklace are pretty basic; size 6 seed beads, two different styles of chains, jump rings and eye pins. In lieu of the eye pins you could use a medium gauge beading wire.

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I started off by creating the sections of seed beads by threading fifteen seed beads onto each eye pin. I had already mapped out the pattern I wanted to follow so I knew I needed eight stacks of the green and white beads and four of the blue beads. The nice thing about using the eye pins is that I only needed to create a loop on one side as opposed to two sides had I used beading wire.

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Following that I used jump rings to combine two stacks of each color. The stacks were about two inches long.

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Now I was ready to cut the two chain styles into two inch sections and attach four pieces of the chain (two pieces of each chain style) to jump rings.

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I had a feeling that the necklace was going to be on the long side so I only connected half of it to get an idea how long it was going to be. And I was right, this one half of the necklace was approximately twenty-seven inches long so I knew I had to make some modifications.

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I ended up re-doing the bead stacks by eliminating five seed beads on each one and re-cutting the chain to match the new length of the bead stacks – approximately one and a half inches. The necklace ended up being about forty inches.

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And finally I used some of the bead strands I got at the bead show I went to last month along with some chain I had to create this final piece.

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First off I created the bead portion of the necklace by stringing the beads onto flexible beading wire. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use spacer beads or daisy spacers between the beads but once I started stringing I realized the daisy spacers were a better fit.

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Next up I cut the chain into three equal pieces and attached them to the bead sections.

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And voila a new necklace. This was by far the easiest one to make and probably my favorite.

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7 thoughts on “Three Long Necklaces In A Short Amount Of Time

  1. You know I always come when I see your gravatar. What’s up? you are rather quiet? how have you been? Hope everything is okay for and with you? Have a great week!

    • Hey Liz… Hope you are having a great week! How are you doing? I’m doing well… Thanks for asking. Yes, I have been quiet on the blogging front. I’ve been trying to finish up a few knitting and crocheting projects that have taken me longer than I hoped but will be back to blogging by this wknd hopefully!

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