Nicole's Bead Shop Cascading Shell Earrings and Necklace

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by Nicole's Bead Shop Design Team

Nicole's Bead Shop Cascading Shell Earrings and Necklace

Mother of Pearl makes this set so pretty and elegant.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Earring (make 2): for one earring, make ten dangles using the 6 mm round Mother of Pearl beads, one dangle using an Mother of Pearl leaf bead and one dangle using a Green crystal roundel bead as follows: slide a bead onto a headpin, cut the excess headpin so that 3/8 inch remains, and use your round nose pliers to make a loop.
  • 2
    Open a jump ring, slide on the earwire and one 6 mm round Mother of Pearl bead dangle. Close the jump ring.
  • 3
    Open another jump ring, slide on a second 6 mm round Mother of Pearl bead dangle, attach it to the bottom of the first jump ring, then close it firmly.
  • 4
    Continue to add one dangle to a jump ring and attach it to the previous jump ring until you have completed a chain in this pattern: four 6 mm round Mother of Pearl beads, one Green crystal roundel bead, five 6 mm round Mother of Pearl beads, and one leaf dangle.
  • 5
    Necklace:  cut an 18-inch long piece of the medium sized chain and finish it off with a lobster claw clasp.
  • 6
    This necklace features three 5-inch long decorated pieces of chain alternating with four 4-inch long decorated pieces of chain. The pattern for the long pieces is as follows: use an eye pin to make a connector from the large Mother of Pearl rectangles. Attach a 2-inch piece of thin chain to the loop at the top of the bead (wider end) and a 2-inch piece of chain to the loop at the opposite end. Use a head pin to make a dangle using another large Mother of Pearl rectangle. Take a 5 mm round jump ring, open it, put on both the dangle and the top link in the chain and then attach it to the center of the 18-inch long necklace made in step 5. Now you can make dangles using the 6 mm round Mother of Pearl beads and the Mother of Pearl leaf beads and attach them to the thin chain at random intervals to create movement and interest. Repeat this step two more times and attach the additional 5-inch long pieces to the necklace about 1-inch apart from the center piece, one on each side.
  • 7
    Create the four 4-inch long decorated pieces of chain in the same manner, but use a 1-inch piece of chain at the top of the connector instead of a 2-inch piece of chain. Attach these four pieces of chain to the necklace so that they are evenly spaced between the three longer pieces.
  • 8
    Add additional dangles to the 18-inch long necklace on either side of and in-between the seven hanging chains until you are satisfied with the fullness of the piece.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole's Bead Shop 8 mm x 12 mm Shell Beads Natural Leaf 14 pc. 104800179 (3)
  • Nicole's Bead Shop 4 mm x 6 mm Glass Crystal Rondelle Beads Dark Green 80 pc. 104800233
  • Nicole's Bead Shop 18 mm x 28 mm Mother of Pearl Beads Natural 7 pc. 104800211 (2)
  • Elizabeth Ward Sweet Beads Fundamental Findings Ear Wire with Coil Silver 60 pc. 104596825
  • Elizabeth Ward Sweet Beads Fundamental Findings Head Pin 35 mm x 0.5 mm Silver 76 pc. 104596803
  • Elizabeth Ward Sweet Beads Fundamental Findings Jump Rings 5 mm x 0.8 mm Silver 178 pc. 104596841 (2)
  • 6 mm Mother of Pearl Beads or 6 mm Round Beads of Your Choice (2 packages)
  • Elizabeth Ward Sweet Beads Fundamental Findings 12 mm Lobster Clasp Silver 10 pc. 104596697
  • Elizabeth Ward Sweet Beads Fundamental Findings Metal Chain Silver 72 inch 104597085
  • Elizabeth Ward Sweet Beads Fundamental Findings Metal Chain Silver 48 inch 104597075
  • Panacea Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Nicole™ Crafts Mini Round Nose Pliers 104584508
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chain Nose Pliers 104248459