Teardrop Double-Strand Necklace

While going through some papers I found a magazine rip out of a necklace that I liked and wanted to make – a long gold-tone necklace with semi-precious teardrop gems and pearls. I didn’t have those exact components, but, I did have blue/yellow swirl glass teardrops and gold seed beads. While I did have glass pearls as well I didn’t like how they looked with the teardrops and seed beads. So I opted to go with coral glass oval beads which I found at my local Joann’s.

My supplies.

I got to work on making the necklace and decided to place six size 10 seed beads between alternating teardrop and oval beads using gold beading wire. I made two of these strands in different lengths and attached them to a double-strand toggle.

And here’s the finished product.

 

Unfortunately I wasn’t too happy with how it came out. I didn’t like how the necklace was hanging with the double-strand toggle. Also, my strand length wasn’t proportioned well between the two strands so I felt that the longer strand was too long. And finally, the seed beads I used weren’t the best quality so the gold tone began to rub off. So, I decided to make the necklace again.

This time I used TOHO Size 11 Gold Seed Beads that I got at my local Michaels store. I’ve used TOHO seed beads in the past and have never had a problem with them fading so I knew they were a safe bet.

I got to working on the necklace once again and opted to use a single strand toggle this time in hopes that the necklace would hang better.

I was much happier with the necklace the second time around. Using a single strand toggle meant crimping both strands together which provided the weight for the necklace to hang better. To correct the problem of the strand length I decided to leave the shorter length as is and removed two each of the teardrop and oval beads and twenty-four of the seed beads.

Seed & Cone Earrings

I came across an earring pattern – known as the Taos Earrings – while searching through the different projects available on the Artbeads website. They looked simple to make and offered the option of being able to combine different colors which meant they would be extremely versatile to wear.

First things first I picked out the four colors I wanted to use. Being that I only had silver bead cones in my beading supplies I was limited to colors that would look good with silver. Since its summer time I opted for bright colors.

Next, I strung the beads on my thread. Since I wanted the earrings to have a little dimension to them I opted to string a different amount of seed beads on each of the threads. Afterwards I looped the thread through a crimp bead and crimped it.

  

I then used an eye pin to loop through the thread, put the bead cone on and then using the straight wire portion of the eye pin created a loop and wrapped it around the bead cone to ensure it would stay in place. I used a fish hook earring finding to hang my creation and voila it was done. In total both earrings took me less than 30 minutes to make.

While I liked how they came out, I wasn’t too keen on the colors once they were done. So, I decided to make another pair using colors that weren’t as bold.

  

Craft Fair

A few weeks ago I participated in my first craft fair. While I didn’t sell as many pieces as I would have liked, it was a fun time nevertheless. I spent the weekend with good friends and it was learning experience for future shows I may participate in.

A full view of my entire collection.

A nice assortment of earrings and bracelets.

A full range of necklaces.

A close-up view of my Swarovski crystal pieces.

In preparation for the fair I was feverishly working to get earrings, necklaces and bracelets done. Below are a few pieces that were among my favorites.

Crystal and Seed Bead Wave Bracelet – Made with fuchsia crystals and yellow-tones seed beads.

Flat Even-Count Peyote Bracelet – Made with transparent ivory, turquoise and topaz 1.5mm cube beads stitched in a haphazard pattern. I used an actual button for the clasp.

Pink & Gold Necklace.

Freshwater Pearl Necklace with Crystal accents – I actually saw a similar necklace in a recent issue of Stringing magazine but it was strung from silk cord. I initially did use silk cord but didn’t like the way the necklace fell so I opted to use gold chain instead.

Glass Pearl Beaded Ball – This was an experiment gone right. I normally make beaded balls using crystals but saw it one day made with glass pearls so I decided to give it a try and was very happy with the outcome. Up close the ball almost looks like it’s comprised of small flowers.

Necklaces Galore

I find inspiration for the jewelry I make in many different places. It could be from flipping through a magazine, seeing different colors together or from other pieces of jewelry. My biggest problem though is that I tend to buy the components I need to make a piece but then never get around to actually making it because I get caught up with making other things. Recently though I buckled down and finished a few necklaces that I have wanted to make for some time.

Tigerskin Focal and Semi-Precious Chip Multi-Strand

For this necklace I used a 40x30mm Tigerskin faceted glass bead as the focal point and Amazonite semi-precious chips, glass bicones and yellow stone nuggets for the rest of the piece.

Without a definitive pattern I strung the Amazonite chips along with the bicones and stone nuggets on three separate strands of gold beading wire. The only thing I did make sure of was that the stone nuggets were placed along the three strands so that they wouldn’t be next to each other. I then had the three strands go through one of the larger yellow stone nuggets, the Tigerskin glass bead and another larger yellow stone nugget and then continued in my haphazard pattern of stringing the chips, bicones and smaller nuggets.

I was really happy with the final product. It was exactly what I was envisioning.

Coral Semi-Precious Chip Spiral

The idea for this necklace changed quite a few times before I actually completed it. I even changed the design while I was working on it. At first it was just going to be the coral spiral on a gold chain but then I came across some ceramic blue-green beads that I thought would be a nice addition.

Using a basic spiral rope chain technique I strung the coral chips along with clear glass beads in a size 6. I then decided to use small yellow-brown stones I had along the ceramic beads to create the focal piece.

I connected this piece to the gold chain by using size 15 glass seed beads and reinforcing the thread a few times to make sure it wouldn’t ultimately break from use.

Glass, Shell and Metal Multi-Strand

Using black glass beads, white shell beads, two different size gold link chains and wire I created this multi-strand necklace.

Shades of Blue Multi-Strand

When I saw a necklace like this one while flipping through a magazine last year I was determined to make something similar. It took some searching to find the exact components I needed to complete it, 30 strands of beading wire and a lot of counting, but, it was all worth it. This is by far my favorite necklace from this group.