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Black and amber beaded necklace

Carved amber beads and chips look dramatic against a backdrop of black seed beads.

Amber is fossilized tree resin, so it’s no surprise that it’s found around the world. Some pieces include plants or insects that were trapped in the resin before it fossilized. The gemstone’s saturated colors, ranging from golden yellow to cherry red, and light weight have made it a favorite of jewelry makers for thousands of years.

SUPPLIES

necklace with pendant

  • 86 11 x 4mm oval amber beads
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand amber chips
  • 3g 8/0 seed beads
  • 4g 11/0 seed beads
  • Nymo D beading thread
  • beading needles, #12

earrings 

  • 6 11 x 4mm oval amber beads
  • 22 8/0 seed beads
  • 58 11/0 seed beads
  • pair of earring findings
  • Nymo D beading thread
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Pendant

Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 1
FIGURE 1
1. You’ll be working in right-angle weave. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread, leave a 6-in. (15cm) tail, and pick up an alternating pattern of two 11/0 seed beads and an oval amber bead four times (FIGURE 1, a–b). Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Stitch the thread path to complete the ring (b–c). 
 
Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 2
FIGURE 2
2. Pick up an 11/0, an oval, two 11/0s, an oval, two 11/0s, an oval, and an 11/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Stitch the thread path to complete the ring (b–c).

3. Repeat step 2 (c–d). Stitch the thread path to complete the ring (d–e).
Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 3
FIGURE 3
4. Add two more rows of three rings (FIGURE 3, a–b).
Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4
5. To diagonally position an oval in the center of each ring, stitch the thread path (FIGURE 4, a–b). Tighten the thread after adding each oval to transform the square into a diamond shape.

6. To add 11/0s along the edges and corners, stitch the thread path (FIGURE 4, b–c). End the working thread and tail. 
 

 

necklace

Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 5
FIGURE 5
1. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of thread, leave a 10-in. (25cm) tail, and position a stop bead. Pick up 3 in. (7.6cm) of 8/0 seed beads and amber chips in an alternating pattern, beginning and ending with an 8/0. (My necklace is 25 in./64cm.)

2. Pick up three 11/0s, an oval, three 11/0s, an oval, an 8/0, and three 11/0s (FIGURE 5, a–b). Sew back through the 8/0 and oval (b–c). Pick up three 11/0s, an oval, and three 11/0s (c–d).

3. Pick up an alternating pattern of four 8/0s and three chips (d–e).

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 seven times.
Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 6
FIGURE 6
5. Pick up nine 11/0s and stitch through the pendant (FIGURE 6, a–b). Stitch the other side of the necklace in the mirror image of the first side. Do not end the tail.

6. On 1 yd. (.9m) of thread, leave a 10-in. (25cm) tail, and position a stop bead. Starting at the same end as you did before, sew through the 3-in. (7.6cm) section of 8/0s and chips, exiting the last 8/0.
Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 7
FIGURE 7
7. Pick up nine 11/0s and sew through the next section of 8/0s and chips (FIGURE 7, a–b). Snug the thread. Repeat seven times.

8. Pick up 11 11/0s and sew through the pendant (FIGURE 6, c–d). Stitch the other side of the necklace in the mirror image of the first side. Sew through the final 3 in. (7.6cm) of chips and 8/0s, but do not end the tail.
Black and amber beaded necklace full shot
FULL NECKLACE
Here's a better look at the finished necklace, for reference. 

 

Beaded toggle and loop halves of the clasp

Black and amber beaded necklace Figure 8
FIGURE 8
1. On either tail, at one end, pick up two 8/0s.

2. Pick up an oval, an 8/0, and three 11/0s (FIGURE 8, a–b). Sew back through the 8/0, the oval, and the two stem 8/0s (b–c). Pick up an 11/0 and sew back through the two stem 8/0s (c–d). Repeat four times. 

3. Pick up an amber chip and an 11/0. Sew back through the chip, the two stem 8/0s, and the next 8/0. Make a half-hitch knot. End the working thread and the remaining tail. 

4. On the other end, remove the stop beads. Thread a needle on one of the tails, and pick up enough 11/0s (approximately 35) to circle the beaded toggle. Sew back through the last 8/0.

5. Thread a needle on the second tail, sew through the loop in the opposite direction, and continue back through the last 8/0. Tie the tails in a square knot and end them. 
 

 



earrings
Black and amber beaded earrings Figure 1
EARRINGS, FIGURE 1

1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of thread, leave a 10-in. (25cm) tail, and pick up an 8/0 seed bead, an oval amber bead, three 11/0 seed beads, an oval, an 8/0, and three 11/0s (EARRINGS, FIGURE 1, a–b). Sew back through the 8/0 and oval to form a bead picot (b–c).

2. Pick up three 11/0s, an oval, two 8/0s, seven 11/0s, an 8/0, three 11/0s, two 8/0s, and three 11/0s (c–d). Sew back through the single 8/0 (d–e). 

3. Pick up seven 11/0s and an 8/0 (e–f). Sew through the next 8/0, the oval, and the three 11/0s (f–g).

4. Thread a needle on the tail. Pick up three 8/0s (h–i). Sew through the 8/0 next to the oval, the oval, and three 11/0s (i–j). 

Black and amber earrings
FINISHED EARRINGS

5. At points g and j, cross the threads and retrace the opposite thread paths. Return to points g and i. Tie a square knot, and end the threads. 

6. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the earring, positioning the earring wire between the two top 8/0s. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.

 

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