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Color-blocked seed bead necklace

Brass tubes add exotic touch to delicate necklace
Color blocked seed bead necklace

These graduated circles of color-blocked seed beads remind me of a Masai collar, but the statement is quieter -and easier for casual everyday wear. I chose subtle contrasting colors — peach and seafoam — but you can choose bolder contrasts, or even analogous colors, for a completely different look.

Read the project instructions below, or download the free project PDF above.

What you’ll need

Necklace 17–21 in. (43–53 cm)

  • 28 26 mm antique brass curved tube beads
  • 5–6 g 11/0 seed beads, color A
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads, color B
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 8 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Tube beads from Beadaholique, 866.834.4618, beadaholique.com. Clasp from Saki, sakisilver.com.

Instructions

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Step 1
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Step 2

1. Cut a 20–21-in. (51–53 cm), a 21–22-in. (53–56 cm), a 22–23-in. (56–58 cm), and a 23–24-in. (58–61 cm) piece of beading wire. On each wire, center a tube bead.

2. On each end of the shortest wire, string 14 11/0 seed beads in color A. On each end of the next wire, string 19 11/0s in A. On each end of the next wire, string 24 11/0s in A. On each end of the longest wire, string 29 11/0s in A.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. On each end of each wire, string a tube. On each end of the wires, from shortest to longest, string B’s in the following quantities: nine, 14, 19, and 29, respectively.

4. On each end of each wire, string a tube. On each end of the wires, from shortest to longest, string A’s in the following quantities: nine, 14, 19, and 24, respectively. String a tube, then string A’s until the strand is the finished length.

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Step 5
5. On each end of each wire, string a crimp bead. On each side, over all four wires, string half of a clasp. Check the fit and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
Tip!

Finishing the necklace

  • To make the strands even, string the most 11/0s on the ends of the shortest strand. I strung 37 on the shortest strand, then 32, 27, and 22.
  • When finishing the necklace, going back through the seed beads will create gaps. Make sure to tighten the strands as much as possible before crimping the crimp beads and trimming the wires. The strands will loosen slightly when the excess wire is trimmed and the gaps close.
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