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Jade Pearl Necklace

Every once in a while…. you glance down at a pile of beads on your table, or beads that just happens to be laying together, and say, “Wow! Those look great together!” This necklace was inspired by one of those moments.

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Most often I am very deliberate in my choices of color and beads for a project. I’m sure that any jewelry maker would agree, that most often when creating a piece, we are choosing the colors that look best with each other, sometimes searching for quite a while trying to find just the right beads for the project.

I’m not sure I would have picked these beads to create a necklace with, if they hadn’t been just hanging out together on my desk. I really love the Jade color in the Swarovski pearls and in creating a piece like this, you also really get an appreciation for how their perfect uniformity, in size and shape, gives such a nice look to the finished piece.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Cut 3 lengths of flexrite beading wire:

#1 – approximately 14” (finished length is 10”)

#2 – Approximately 17” (finished length is 13”)

#3 – Approximately 20”  (finished length is 16”)

  • String the following (ending both ends, of each strand, with a wire protector):

14” short strand: 1 x 3mm pearl, 1 x crimp, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm pearl,         5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm pearl, 5 x 3mm pearl,    1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm pearl, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 3mm pearl,1 x 4mm pearl, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 3mm pearl,     1 x 4mm pearl, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x 4mm pearl,    5 x 3mm pearl, 1 x crimp, 1 x 3mm pearl.

17” medium length strand: 1 x 3mm pearl, 1 x crimp, 5 x 4mm pearl,                 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl,  1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl,  1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x crimp, 1 x 3mm pearl.

20” longest strand: 1 x 3mm pearl, 1 x crimp, 5 x 4mm pearl, 4 x 8mm pearl,      1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl,1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl,1 x14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 1 x 8mm pearl,   1 x 14mm melon, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 4mm crystal, 4 x 8mm pearl, 5 x 4mm pearl, 1 x crimp, 1 x 3mm pearl.

  • Cut two lengths of chain, 6” long each. Use three jump rings to attach the ends of each strand of beads to the end of a length of chain.
  • Use the other three jump rings to attach the other ends of of the strung beads to the other length of chain.
  • Attach the toggle clasp directly to the ends of the chain by opening the end of the chain as you would a jump ring.

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This necklace drapes so nicely and is very flattering when worn. As with any project, the colors could be varied in so many ways. You can check out all the different colors of melon shaped beads here. Have fun! Make it your own!

Happy Creating!

Shelly

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