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Blossoming beads necklace

String Lucite petal beads for a lush, lovely set

I was instantly drawn to these Lucite petals — their color, shape, and weight were just right. The key to this necklace is stringing the beads back to back and fluffing the petals before wearing, just as you’d fluff artificial flowers. In the end, you’ll have a lush, lovely set that transitions from winter to spring.

Supplies

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 40–48 25 mm Lucite petal beads
  • 10 mm round crystal
  • 4 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 22–25 4 mm round beads
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 10–12 in. (25–30 cm) chain, 12–15 mm links
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 6 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 25 mm Lucite petal beads
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 20- or 22-gauge wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 Lucite petals from Primitive Earth Beads and Chain, 800.777.0038, pebeads.com.

Instructions:
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Necklace: 1. Cut a 12-in. (30 cm) piece of beading wire. String a 4 mm round bead, a petal bead, a seed bead, and a petal, stringing the petals back to back. Repeat until the strand is 6–7 in. (15–18 cm), ending with a 4 mm.

2. Cut a 4–5-in. (10–13 cm) and a 5–6-in. (13–15 cm) piece of chain. On each end of the wire, string a bicone crystal, a crimp bead, a bicone, and an end link of chain. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

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3. Open a jump ring. Attach the end link of the shorter chain and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring.

4. On a head pin, string a round crystal and a 4 mm. Make the first half of a wrapped loop and attach the end link of the longer chain. Complete the wraps.

Tip!
Supply note: To find these Lucite beads at pebeads.com, search “large petals”— they are sold 24 pieces to a strand.
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Earrings: 1. For each earring: Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. String a petal bead and make a set of wraps above it. Make a plain loop perpendicular to the first loop.

2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

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