We’re looking forward to a trip to the Boston area for a wedding a few weeks from now. Imogen is very excited, especially since she saw an episode of Caillou which featured a wedding. She wants to wear a pretty dress and I thought she’d really like dressing up with a necklace – one that is not on elastic cord or yarn (not that those aren’t sweet, but, well, this is just more exciting for the ‘big event’).
One afternoon, while her little brother was napping, we got out the bead box and I let Immy pick out some of her favorites. She liked pretty teardrop blue shell beads and sparkly crystal beads. In the end, we created a very simple, but pretty single-strand beaded necklace. I chose Miyuki seed/fringe beads in opaque white rainbow finish and clear matte finish and sterling silver round beads, along with the blue shell teardrops and clear crystals that Immy chose.
To create the lacy seed bead look on the necklace, I used a pattern as follows for the seed beads (fringe beads have a teardrop sort of shape, which makes them fit together with an alternating orientation): 3 white, 3 clear, 2 white, 2 clear, 1 white, 1 clear, 2 white, 2 clear, repeat. The feature section of the necklace was created with a total of 5 of the blue shell teardrops. In between the teardrops we placed a silver round, a crystal bead, and another silver round (Immy enjoyed helping with this part of the project). We beaded the same seed bead pattern on the other side to our desired length (this is approximately 14 inches, since it’s for a child, but you could just keep beading the seed beads for a longer necklace, just be sure to have equal lengths of seed beads on either side of your featured beads) and added the jump rings and clasp.
- Approx. 16″ beading wire (we used Accu-Flex clear beading wire)
- 2 x #1 silver colored crimp beads
- 2 x jump rings
- 1 x silver colored lobster clasp
- approximately 48 each of white and clear seed beads (more if you make the necklace longer)
- 5 teardrop shaped blue shell beads
- 8 sterling silver round beads
- 4 clear crystal beads
- 2 pliers (we used one needle nose and one straight jewelers pliers, but you could easily use 2 standard needle nose pliers from the hardware store
- Wire cutter
How to start and end your beading wire: Slip one of the crimp beads and a jump ring onto the end of your bead wire. Using a needle nose pliers, bend the end of the beading wire around the jump ring and back through the crimp bead. Make sure the beading wire is not pulled tight, but rather has a loop about half the size of your jump ring remaining. Using your pliers (or a crimping tool if you have one), squash the crimp bead flat so that the wires cannot slip. Trim your beading wire if needed. You can now bead your necklace and at the end, repeat the process with another crimp bead and jump ring. To add the lobster clasp, open one jump ring using both pliers. Use a twisting motion, rather than spreading the jump ring. Slip the lobster claw onto the jump ring and twist closed with the pliers. All done!