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Vintage blooms necklace

Use leftover beads to bring a channeled metal pendant into full blossom.
Embellishment tips_1
Embellishment tip
Stack flowers for dimension.
Embellishment tips_2
Embellishment tip
Make longer stamen with several alternating cylinders and 15/0s.


pendant 11⁄2 in. (3.8 cm)

  • 1 37 x 15 mm channel pendant (copper)*
  • 5 5 x 10 mm pressed glass leaf beads, top-drilled
  • 11–15 6–14 mm Lucite flowers, assorted shapes and colors
  • 8–12 3–6 mm bicone crystals, assorted colors
  • 8–12 2–6 mm crystal pearls, assorted colors
  • 3–4 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0380, opaque matte olive rose)
  • 1–2 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 364, color-lined dusty rose)
  • 5 8 mm etched daisy bead caps (copper)*
  • 20 in. (51 cm) textured cable chain, 9 x 6 mm links (copper)*
  • copper jump rings*
    • 1 11 mm large rope circle
    • 1 17 mm grande rope circle (to act as a toggle ring)
    • 2 6 mm textured circles
  • twig toggle bar (copper)*
  • nylon beading thread, size D, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • textured yarn to coordinate with Lucite flowers

pair of earrings

  • 2 7 x 12 mm Lucite flowers
  • 2 5 x 9 mm Lucite flowers
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 4 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

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Vintage blooms necklace_photo a
Photo a

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

2. Pick up 16 11/0 cylinder beads, and work in flat even-count peyote stitch to make a band that is long enough to wrap around the channel pendant and overlap by two rows (about 46–50 rows) (PHOTO A). The band will shorten up later when you add the embellishments. As you stitch, make sure the band will fit properly within the channel. End and add thread as needed.

Vintage blooms necklace_photo b
Photo b

3. Embellish one surface of the peyote band as desired with the Lucite flowers, pressed glass leaves, crystals, pearls, and bead caps. Begin by attaching the largest Lucite flowers first: Exit the peyote band in the desired place. Pick up a Lucite flower, a 3 or 4 mm crystal or pearl, and a 15/0 seed bead. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the remaining beads and into the peyote band (PHOTO B). 

4. Continue adding Lucite flowers, leaves, and bead caps, positioning them closer together than you normally would on a flat band (see “Embellishment tips” for design suggestions). As you work, wrap the band around the channel pendant on occasion to see how the embellishments will lie.

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Photo c

5. After the flowers, leaves, and bead caps have all been attached, fill in between them with additional pearls and crystals: Pick up a pearl or crystal and a 15/0, and sew back through the pearl or crystal and into the peyote band (PHOTO C).

6. When the band is fully embellished, wrap it around the channel pendant, and zip up (Basics) the end rows. End the working thread. Remove the stop bead, and end the tail.

7. Open an 11 mm jump ring, and attach the pendant to the middle link of a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of chain.

8. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach half of the clasp to an end chain link. Repeat at the other end of the chain.

9. If desired, cut 24 in. (61 cm) of yarn, and tie it to an end jump ring. Weave the yarn through the chain, and tie it to the opposite end jump ring.

Vintage blooms necklace_photo e

1. On a head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal, and make a plain loop. On an eye pin, string a 5 x 9 mm Lucite flower, and make a plain loop. On another eye pin, string a 7 x 12 mm Lucite flower, and make a plain loop.

2. Open the loop above the crystal, and attach it to the loop below the 5 x 9 mm flower. Open the loop above the 5 x 9 mm flower, and attach it to the loop below the 7 x 12 mm flower. Open the loop above the 7 x 12 mm flower, and attach it to an earring finding. 

3. Make another earring.


Embellishment tips: 

  • Attach the largest Lucite flowers first, and then go back and add the smaller ones. 
  • As you add the embellishments, the peyote band will curl. Don't worry though - it will still fit around the channel pendant.
For additional embellishment tips, download our free project PDF!
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