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Beaded seashore necklace

Fringe a necklace with faceted seed beads and freshwater pearls

Beaded seashore necklace

Seashore finds and a stitch adaptation inspired this kelp-like necklace embedded with pearls. If you’re new to brick stitch, practice with large seed beads before trying it with the delicate ones. Use tiny seed beads for the fringe, which branches out like an exotic marine pant. The finished necklace looks expensive, yet seed beads keep the materials cost low. 

 

In the instructions below, we’ll show you how to start the project by making the beaded circles. To view full instructions, download the free project PDF by clicking here.  

 

Materials

19-in. (.48m) necklace

  • 14 8-10mm potato-shaped freshwater pearls
  • 43 4 x 7mm rice-shaped freshwater pearls
  • 15g seed beads, size 12/0, brown, 2-cut
  • 5g seed beads, size 14/0, brown, 2-cut
  • 10g seed beads, size 11/0, gold
  • 5g seed beads, size 14/0, gold
  • 7 1/4-in. (6mm) cones
  • 4 4-5mm split rings
  • two-strand clasp
  • Nymo B and O, black, conditioned with Thread Heaven
  • beading needles, #12

Editor’s note: Substitute 15/0s for 14/0s and 11/0s for 12/0s if unavailable.

 

Instructions

Use brick stitch to create an array of beaded circles. String the sides, then add fringe. To change the length of this 19-in. (.48m) necklace, adjust the number of beads on each side strand.

 

Beaded circles

 

Stitch seven large circles and six small ones. Adjust the circles so they lay consistently as domes not cups.

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