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Metallic flora necklace

Plan your design around these delicate leaves, choosing beads, pearls, and findings in coordinating colors and finishes. Use contrasting hues for a bolder statement, but keep the earrings subtle so your leafy look isn’t overgrown.

SUPPLIES

Necklace

  • 9 electroformed leaves, 1 45–55mm, 8 30–45mm (Lisa Kan Designs, lisakan.com)
  • 24–30 16–18mm stick pearls, center drilled
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 6–8mm petal pearls, top drilled
  • 40–50 4–6mm round pearls
  • 10 10mm lampworked rondelles 
  • 3 6mm round crystals
  • 27–31 4mm bicone crystals
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads• 68–76 4mm flat spacers 
  • 45–49 3mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.010 or.012
  • 6 in. (15cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 5 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 cones
  • S-hook or lobster claw clasp 
  • 2 in. (5cm) cable chain for extender, 4–6mm links 
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers 
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
Earrings
  • 2 4–6mm round pearls
  • 4 3mm round spacers
  • 2 2-in. (5cm) head pins
  • 2 4–5mm jump rings
  • 4 cones
  • pair of lever-back earring wires 
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers 
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Metallic flora necklace 1
Step 1
Cut three pieces of beading wire. (My necklaces are 20 in./51cm.) On one wire, center: rondelle, flat spacer, round pearl, flat spacer, large leaf, bicone crystal, flat spacer, round pearl, flat spacer, rondelle. The pendant’s loop should cover the bicone.
Metallic flora necklace 2
Step 2
On each end, string: flat spacer, round pearl, flat spacer, bicone, small leaf, flat spacer, round pearl, flat spacer, rondelle. Repeat three times.
 
Metallic flora necklace 3
Step 3
On the second wire, string petal pearls until the strand is 1 in. (2.5cm) shorter than the beaded portion of the first strand. Center the pearls.
Metallic flora necklace 4
Step 4
On the third wire, string: round pearl, flat spacer, bicone, flat spacer, round pearl, round spacer, three petal pearls. Repeat until the strand is 1 in. (2.5cm) shorter than the beaded portion of the second strand, ending with a round pearl. Center the beads.
 
Metallic flora necklace 5
Step 5
String each end of the second and third strands through the rondelles on each end of the first strand. On each side, over all three wires, string a flat spacer, a bicone, and a flat spacer.
Metallic flora necklace 6
Step 6
On each end of the first strand, string three stick pearls. On each end of the second strand, string: round spacer, two 11/0 seed beads, round spacer, round pearl, round spacer, two 11/0s, round spacer. On each end of the third strand, string three petal pearls.
 

 
Metallic flora necklace 7
Step 7
a. On each side, over all three strands, string a flat spacer, a bicone, and a flat spacer.  b. Repeat steps 6 and 7a until the strands are within 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4cm) of the finished length. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary.
Metallic flora necklace 8
Step 8
Cut two 3-in. (7.6cm) pieces of 24-gauge wire. Make a wrapped loop on one end of each wire.On each side, over all three strands, string: flat spacer, bicone, flat spacer, crimp bead, wrapped loop. Go back through the beads just strung. Tighten the wires and crimp the crimp bead.
Metallic flora necklace 9
Step 9
On each end, string: cone, round spacer, flat spacer, round crystal, flat spacer, round spacer. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.
Metallic flora necklace 10
Step 10
On one end, attach a clasp to a loop. Complete the wraps. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 2-in. (5cm) piece of chain for the clasp.
Metallic flora necklace 11
Step 11
On a head pin, string one or two beads and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make five bead units. Attach the bead units to five links at the end of the chain. Complete the wraps.
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For instructions on how to make these matching earrings, download our project PDF.
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