Sand between your toes Jade Necklace ,Oval Cat's Eye Necklace, Bead Drop with charms and dangles Necklaces
A fellow crafting friend gave me the idea to make a drop style necklace, using the clasp loop as a design feature and
featuring a hanging chain with charms
You can then wear the necklace either as a double or single strand
and the clasp becomes part of the design of the necklace
She also provided me with a lovely medallion "may you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes" which inspired the shell charm
Thanks Cindy for the inspiration!
from Fire Mountain Gems)
in the 10mm size
2 and 4 mm beads
(4mm are czech glass beads which have
multiple colours in them to add dimension)
a decorative clasp
and fine small linked chain
24 guage silver coated wire
These supplies were purchased at the big box craft store beginning with an "M" and ending with "s"
I used my weekly coupon which I downloaded on my iphone
and saved 10% on my total purchase
Use your coupons!
The bead segments are made by cutting a 2 inch piece of silver coated wire then each segment is joined using the wire wrapping technique
placing pieces of chain in between groups of segments
In the example,
the chain between the bead segments is doubled
Cut approx 4 inches of chain and then
double it to add 2 inches to the necklace
To attach the charms
double the chain and use O rings to join the chain to the loop and
Use spacers between the beads on the headpin
use a round ended headpin for each of the charms
Use silver balls and squares shapes and a
shell charm for the silver accents!
for a beautiful and natural look
By using your own beads, in the styles and shapes that you chose
this necklace becomes your own unique style
Approximately 3.5 hours for this project and lots of compliments received
I have taught this technique to my beading class
and they are enjoying
their own variations of the theme
I have two bowls full of shells I collected (and placed in my pockets while on the beach) on trips to Florida, Spain and Prince Edward Island which I lovingly display in my home to remind me of the joy of going barefoot in the sand
This necklace is 24 inches in length (double strand)
The matching bracelet in a hugs and kisses style
(without the top embellishment row)
Aventurine beads from an online supplier
Add spacers between each of the bigger beads and 8.0 seed beads to each end of the "grouping" of beads so the wire wrap would not get covered over by the bigger hole of the bead potentially causing a gap to appear on the post
Add the chain directly to the wire wrap using ''o'' rings to connect and it an add interest to the piece. Make it a "design style".
Add some charms to the end of the necklace.
There are many variations on the same theme: a drop style necklace using various types and sizes of beads, using a bar and toggle clasp or a lobster claw (shown in the far right grey necklace)
Make it long so your can wear it either as
a double OR as a single strand
Make it uniquely yours...
Be creative and have FUN!