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Owls, leaves and pearls necklace

String a woodsy combination to welcome Fall!

One owl is ordinary, but a parliament of owls makes an extraordinary focal point for a necklace. These pressed-glass owls have metallic highlights that enhance their details and complement the accompanying pearls. When spaced with leaves and seed beads, a single pearl strand goes a long way — enough for a necklace, bracelet, and earrings.

SUPPLIES

necklace 15 1⁄2 in. (39.4 cm)

  • 9 19 mm owl beads
  • 13–17 10 mm leaf beads
  • 1 16-in. (41 cm) strand 4 mm pearls
  • 1 g 10/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 12 in. (30 cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 6 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) chain for extender, 5–6 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
Owls leaves and pearls hero bracelet

bracelet

  • 1 19 mm owl bead
  • 6–8 10 mm leaf beads
  • 45–60 4 mm pearls
  • 1 g 10/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 1 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) chain for extender, 5–6 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
Owls leaves and pearls hero earrings

earrings

  • 2 19 mm owl beads
  • 2 4 mm pearls
  • 2 chandelier components with three loops
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) 26-gauge decorative head pins
  • 2 3 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Beads from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Owls leaves and pearls P01
1. On a head pin, string an owl bead and make a wrapped loop. Make five bead units.
Owls leaves and pearls P02
2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop on one end. Attach a bead unit and complete the wraps. Repeat with two of the remaining bead units.
Owls leaves and pearls P03
3. On each wire, string an owl bead and make a wrapped loop perpendicular to the previous loop.
Owls leaves and pearls P04
4. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop on one end. Attach one of the dangles from step 3 and complete the wraps. String an owl bead and make a wrapped loop. 
Owls leaves and pearls P05
5. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a 10/0 seed bead and the three-bead dangle.
Owls leaves and pearls P06
6. On each end, string: pearl, 10/0, pearl, 10/0, pearl, 10/0, two-bead dangle. Repeat, substituting a one-bead dangle for the two-bead dangle.
Owls leaves and pearls P07
7. On each end, string: pearl, 10/0, pearl, 10/0, pearl, 10/0, leaf bead, 10/0. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. End with a 10/0.
Owls leaves and pearls P08
8. On one end, string a crimp bead, a 10/0, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) chain for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
Owls leaves and pearls P09
9. On a head pin, string a leaf bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the chain and complete the wraps.
Splurge
DESIGN ALTERNATIVE: Try this same design using carved gemstones and faceted rondelles for a more sophisticated look. 
Check out the PDF for instructions to make the matching bracelet and earrings!

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