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Floral necklace

Soften the edgy style of bead studs with dainty floral dangles in a necklace and coordinating bracelet.
Floral necklace key

SUPPLIES

Both projects

  • Fireline 10 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)
  • 7 12 mm two-hole bead studs (blue/green turquoise Picasso)
  • 24 9 x 6 mm flower beads, center drilled (blue/green turquoise Picasso)
  • Swarovski bicone crystals
  • 12 6 mm (light Azore satin)
  • 10 4 mm (light Azore satin)
  • 54 3 mm (Pacific opal)
  • 1 4 mm rhinestone rondelle (Swarovski, crystal/silver plated)
  • 42 6/0 seed beads (Miyuki Baroque 3957, olive)
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads (store code 1703GMS, or Miyuki 457L, light bronze)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (store code 318C, or Miyuki 1 silver-lined crystal)
  • 1 6 x 8 mm filigree bead cap
  • 23 2 x 4 mm bead caps
  • magnetic clasp
  • 3 1⁄4-in. (8.3 cm) chain, 4–5 mm links
  • 5 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 1 4–5 mm jump ring
  • 1 6 mm soldered jump ring
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
Bracelet 6 3⁄4 in. (17.1 cm)
  • 5 12 mm two-hole bead studs (blue/green turquoise Picasso)
  • Swarovski bicone crystals
  • 6 6 mm (Pacific opal)
  • 8 3 mm (Pacific opal)
  • 8 4 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, iridescent green)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (store code 1703GMS, or Miyuki 457L, light bronze)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (store code 318C, or Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
  • magnetic clasp
All supplies available from Bead Haven Las Vegas, www.beadhaven.com. The seed bead store codes given above refer to Bead Haven coding conventions.
Floral necklace fig 1
Figure 1

NECKLACE

For the necklace, the 12 mm two-hole bead studs will be referred to as having a right hole (RH) and a left hole (LH). Orient your bead studs accordingly.

Centerpiece

Thread a needle on each end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread. With one needle, sew through a bead stud (LH), and center the bead on the thread. You will now have a top and bottom thread to work with.

Flower 1

1. With the top thread, pick up two 15/0 seed beads, an 11/0 seed bead, and two 15/0s, and sew down through the bead stud (RH) (FIGURE 1, a–b). 

2. With the bottom thread, pick up two 15/0s, an 11/0, a 3 mm bicone crystal, a 2 x 4 mm bead cap (outside to inside), a 9 x 6 mm flower bead (narrow end to wide end), a 3 mm, and a 15/0. Skip the last 15/0, and sew back through the previous beads and components to exit the 11/0. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew up through the bead stud (RH) (aa–bb). The threads should now be crossing through the (RH), and you have a new top and bottom thread.

Floral necklace fig 2
Figure 2

Bridge

1. With the top thread, pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, and a bead stud (LH) (FIGURE 2, a–b).

2. With the bottom thread, pick up a 15/0, a 6 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0, and sew up through the new bead stud (LH) (aa–bb).

Flower 2

1. With the top thread, pick up two 15/0s, an 11/0, and two 15/0s, and sew down through the bead stud (RH).

2. With the bottom thread, pick up four 15/0s, an 11/0, a 3 mm, a 2 x 4 mm bead cap, a flower bead, a 3 mm, and a 15/0. Skip the last 15/0, and sew back through the previous beads and components to exit the 11/0. Pick up four 15/0s, and sew up through the bead stud (RH). 

Bridge

Make another bridge as before.

Flower 3

1. With the top thread, pick up two 15/0s, an 11/0, and two 15/0s, and sew down through the bead stud (RH).

2. With the bottom thread, pick up four 15/0s, two 11/0s, a 3 mm, a 2 x 4 mm bead cap, a flower bead, a 3 mm, and a 15/0. Skip the last 15/0, and sew back through the previous beads and components to exit the nearest 11/0. Pick up an 11/0 and four 15/0s, and sew up through the bead stud (RH).

Bridge

Make another bridge as before.

Flower 4

1. With the top thread, pick up two 15/0s, an 11/0, and two 15/0s, and sew down through the bead stud (RH).

2. With the bottom thread, pick up five 15/0s, two 11/0s, a 3 mm, a 4 mm rhinestone rondelle, a 6 x 8 mm bead cap, a flower bead, a 3 mm, and a 6 mm soldered jump ring. Sew back through the previous beads and components to exit the nearest 11/0. Pick up an 11/0 and five 15/0s, and sew up through the bead stud (RH).

Bridge

Make another bridge as before.

Keep going!

Complete the centerpiece by working the steps for the following:

  • Flower 3
  • Bridge
  • Flower 2
  • Bridge
  • Flower 1
     
Floral necklace fig 3
Figure 3

Right neck strap

1. With each thread, pick up three 15/0s, a 3 mm, an 11/0, and a 4 mm (FIGURE 3, a–b and aa–bb). With one thread, pick up an 11/0, a 3 mm, and an 11/0 (b–c). With the other thread, sew through those last three beads, going in the same direction as the previous thread (bb–cc). Set one thread aside.

2. With the remaining thread, pick up the following:

  • 6/0 seed bead, 11/0, 6/0, 11/0, 6/0
  • 11/0, 3 mm, 11/0, 6 mm, 11/0, 3 mm, 11/0

Repeat both patterns twice more. Then pick up a repeating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 a total of 12 times or to the desired length.

3. Pick up two 11/0s, half of the clasp, and two 11/0s. (Add 11/0s if needed to accommodate your clasp.) Sew back through a few beads in the neck strap, but do not end the thread.

Floral necklace fig 4
Figure 4

Strap embellishment

1. With the other thread, sew through three beads in the neck strap to exit the second 6/0 (FIGURE 4, point a).

2. Pick up an 11/0, a 2 x 4 mm bead cap, a flower bead, a 3 mm, and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the previous beads and components to exit the 11/0. Continue through the 6/0 in the neck strap, sewing with your needle pointing toward the bead studs (a–b). Your thread should be exiting the same 6/0 as before but in the opposite direction.

3. Add another flower dangle as in step 2, but this time sew through the 6/0 with your needle pointing away from the bead studs. Continue through the neck strap (b–c) to exit the center 6/0 in the next grouping of 6/0s and 11/0s.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add two more pairs of flower dangles.

5. Sew through the neck strap to the clasp, and retrace the thread path of the clasp connection. Pull tight with both threads, and adjust the tension of the neck strap if needed. End both threads (How-Tos).

Left neck strap

Thread a needle on each end of 30 in. (76 cm) of thread. With one needle, sew through the first bead stud (LH), and center the bead on the thread. Work as in “Right neck strap” and “Strap embellishment” to complete the necklace.

Center dangle

1. On a head pin, string a 3 mm, a flower bead (wide end to narrow end), a 2 x 4 mm bead cap (inside to outside), and a 3 mm. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Repeat to make a total of five flower dangles.

2. Cut a 3 1⁄4-in. (8.3 cm) piece of chain. Open a 4–5 mm jump ring, and use it to attach a link of the chain to the soldered jump ring in the centerpiece. Choose a link near the center that will cause the chain to hang asymmetrically.

3. Attach a flower dangle to each end link of the chain, and complete the wraps. Attach the remaining flower dangles as desired.

BRACELET

For the bracelet, the 12 mm two-hole bead studs will be referred to as having a top hole (TH) and bottom hole (BH). Orient your bead studs accordingly.

 

Floral necklace fig 5
Figure 5

Base

1. Thread a needle on each end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. With one thread, pick up half of the clasp, and center it on the thread. You will now have a top and bottom thread to work with.

2. With each thread, pick up two 11/0 seed beads (FIGURE 5, a–b and aa–bb). (Add 11/0s if needed to accommodate your clasp.) With one thread, pick up an 11/0, a 6 mm bicone crystal, and an 11/0 (b–c). With the other thread, sew through those last three beads, going in the same direction as the previous thread (bb–cc).

3. With each thread, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 11/0, and a 15/0 (c–d and cc–dd). With one thread, pick up a bead stud (TH) (d–e), and with the other thread, sew through the same bead stud (BH) (dd–ee).

4. With each thread, pick up a 15/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0. With one thread, pick up an 11/0, a 6 mm, and an 11/0. With the other thread, sew through those last three beads, going in the same direction as the previous thread (e–f and ee–ff).

5. With each thread, pick up a 15/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0 (f–g and ff–gg). With both threads, cross through a 4 mm pearl (g–h and gg–hh). With each thread, pick up a 4 mm (h–i and hh–ii). With both threads, cross through a new 4 mm (i–j and ii–jj). You should now have a square of 4 mms.

6. Repeat step 4.

7. Repeat step 3.

8. With each needle, pick up an 11/0, and sew through the appropriate hole of a new bead stud. Add a third bead stud in the same way.

9. Repeat steps 4, 5, 4, 3, and 4.

10. With each thread, pick up two 11/0s. (Add 11/0s if needed to accommodate your clasp.) With both threads, cross through the other half of the clasp.

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Figure 6

Crystal overlay

1. With each thread, retrace the thread path of the base until your threads cross through the nearest 4 mm. 

2. With each thread, pick up a 15/0 and a 3 mm bicone crystal. Cross the threads through a new 11/0. With each thread, pick up a 3 mm and a 15/0, and cross the threads through the opposite 4 mm in the square (FIGURE 6, a–b and aa–bb).

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to add the crystal overlay to the other square of 4 mms. Retrace the thread path through the clasp connection on this end of the base, and end the threads.

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