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Looped lampwork bead necklace

Loopy beaded beads light up lampworked glass in this necklace.
Modified design
Jessica modified her design to display a larger focal bead, using only four beaded beads and two 12–14 mm lampworked beads.

Embellish peyote tubes with loops to complement lampworked beads. Attach drop beads to chain to complete the textured look. Or, experiment with larger or graduated sizes of lampworked glass beads!


necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 7 12–14 mm lampworked beads
  • 6 g 3 mm drop beads
  • 6 g 6/0 seed beads
  • 3 g 11/0 cylinder beads
  • 10 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 14 3.5 x 5 mm bead aligners
  • clasp
  • 24 in. (61 cm) 22-gauge sterling silver wire, half-hard
  • 10 in. (25 cm) chain, 6–7 mm links
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers (optional)
  • 2 wire guards
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • flexible beading wire, .019
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • stepped roundnose pliers
  • flush wire cutters
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Beaded beads

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Working in even-count peyote stitch, use 11/0 cylinder beads to make a strip that is two beads wide and eight rows long with four beads on each straight edge. Zip up the ends of the strip to form a tube, and do not end the threads. String the tube on a short piece of beading wire as you work the next step. This will help you locate the opening of the tube later.

2. Exiting a cylinder in the tube, pick up nine 15/0s. Sew through the same cylinder in the tube to create a loop. Pick up four 15/0 seed beads, a 6/0 seed bead, and four 15/0s, and sew through the same cylinder in the tube. Make a third loop using nine 15/0s (FIGURE)

3. Sew through an adjacent cylinder in the tube, and repeat step 2. Repeat around the tube to add three loops around each cylinder. For a more random look, change the location of the 6/0 in each loop. Occasionally substitute a drop bead for the 6/0. Remove the stop bead, and end the threads.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 for a total of eight beaded beads.

Strung centerpiece

1. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of beading wire, and string a 6/0, a beaded bead, a 6/0, a bead aligner (flat side first), a lampworked bead, and a bead aligner (pointed side first). Repeat the pattern to string all the beaded beads and lampworked beads. End with the last beaded bead followed by a 6/0. 

2. Cut two 5-in. (13 cm) pieces of chain.

3. On each end of the beading wire, string a crimp bead, a wire guard, and an end link of a chain. String the wire back through the crimp bead, making sure each crimp bead is up against the adjacent 6/0. Crimp the crimp beads, and trim the tails. Using chainnose pliers, close a crimp cover over each crimp if desired. 


Editor's Note:

You can purchase 4.5 mm jump rings for the drop beads and 5.5 mm jump rings for the 6/0 beads if you do not want to make your own. Add or omit jump ring dangles on the chain to get the look you desire.

Jump ring dangles

1. Wrap the 22-gauge wire around the smallest step of the stepped roundnose pliers four or five times to make a coil (PHOTO A).  

2. Remove the coil from the pliers, and find the end of the wire at one end of the coil. This is the start of the first jump ring. Using flush cutters, cut the coil parallel to the end of the wire to separate the first jump ring (PHOTO B). Continue cutting one coil at a time until you have four or five small jump rings.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have 20–30 small jump rings.

4. To create medium jump rings, coil the wire around the medium step of the pliers as in step 1, and repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have 25–30 medium jump rings.

5. Open a small jump ring, attach a drop bead and a link of a chain, and close the jump ring. Repeat to add a drop to every other link. Use the medium jump rings to attach 6/0s to each link so that the rings hang opposite the small jump ring dangles.

6. Open a medium jump ring, attach half of the clasp to an end link of a chain, and close the jump ring. Repeat on the other chain.

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