Nicole's Bead Shop Sea Blossom NecklaceBack to category
Nicole's Bead Shop Sea Blossom Necklace
Flowers created with beads make this necklace one-of-a-kind.
- Time:4 hours
1The focal point of this piece is the three handmade, beaded flower components. The first is made as follows: set aside twenty four rectangular, Blue Mother of Pearl beads and three Green crystal teardrop beads. Cut a 8-inch long piece of craft wire. The diamond-shaped filigree part has many perforations. Starting in the center, thread the wire through a hole, slide a teardrop bead onto the wire, thread the wire back down through the filigree part. Hold the teardrop bead between your thumb and index finger and twist it three to four times until any slack wire is now tight. You have created your first petal. Use this piece of wire to thread on the other two crystal teardrop beads, taking care to twist each petal and making sure that the side of the petal that shows the wire is pressed flat against the filigree part. Take the ends of the 8-inch piece of wire on the backside of the filigree part and twist them together tightly several times. Cut off the excess wire. Now cut a piece of craft wire about 18 inch long and work out from the center to create a circle of petals around the teardrop beads using the rectangular Mother of Pearl beads. When you run out of wire, twist the ends together and cut off the excess. Then, cut a new piece of wire and finish attaching the rest of the Mother of Pearl beads in the final outside ring. Twist the ends of this wire together on the backside of the filigree part and cut off the excess wire. The back of the filigree part may look very messy now. Simply take a second identical filigree part and glue it on top of the first one to hide your work. Make the second and their petals in the same way, but use fewer beads so that you end up with one large flower, one medium and one small.
2The secondary focal point in this necklace is a rectangular part created using fifteen 6 mm x 8 mm crystal roundelles and six flat spacer bars. Take an eye pin and slide it through the center hole in the first spacer bar, then through the hole in a roundelle bead, then through the center hole in the second spacer bar, and so on until you have threaded on five roundelles and all six spacer bars. Cut off any excess eye pin leaving 3/8 inch and use your round nose pliers to create a loop. Finish the left and right sides of this component using head pins, not eye pins. In this way, your component will have one loop in the center of the top, and three loops across the bottom.
3Attach three jump rings evenly spaced onto one side of the diamond filigree part on the largest flower component. Before you close these jump rings, attach one soldered jump ring to each of them. You will attach your crimps and jewelry wire to these soldered jump rings, so that you do not run the risk of having the wire slip through the split in an open jump ring. Now you can string three lengths of 6 mm Aqua Mother of Pearl beads between these soldered jump rings and the three loops on one side of the rectangular spacer bar component that you made in step 2. These three lengths should be 13-inch, 12-inch and 11-inch long respectively.
4Use jump rings to attach the remaining flower components to the first one. Each one of the three is attached to the other two at two different points so that the threesome lies flat.
5Use jewelry wire and crimp beads to attach lengths of 6 mm x8 mm roundelles between one side of the lobster clasp and the spacer bar component on the left side of the necklace. Then use jewelry wire and crimp beads to attach lengths of 6 mm x 8 mm roundelles between the second side of the lobster clasp and the flower threesome.