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Wear winter whites

A handmade metal clay bead accents pastels
Wear winter whites
The silver focal bead will be a reference for the placement of the silver beads in the two shorter strands.

The coolness of Cynthia Miller’s hollow metal clay lentil bead creates a beautiful contrast to the subtle warmth of the whites and soft lavenders in this project. 


Necklace 21–25 in. (53–64 cm)

  • 25 mm hollow metal clay lentil bead 
  • 2 16-in. (41 cm) strands 25 mm quartz nuggets
  • 2 16-in. (41 cm) strands 15 mm carved quartz rose beads
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 15 mm kunzite chips
  • 12–14 12 mm silver saucer beads
  • 8–10 12 mm crystal rondelles
  • 2 8-in. (20 cm) strands 10 mm quartz rondelles
  • 10–12 8 mm crystal rondelles
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 6–8 mm quartz round beads
  • flexible beading wire,.018 or.019
  • 6 crimp beads 
  • 6 crimp covers
  • three-strand box clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters


  • 2 15 mm carved quartz rose beads
  • 2 8 mm crystal rondelles
  • 4 4 mm flat spacers
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Clasp from A Grain of Sand, Check your local bead store for supplies.

Plan out the patterns on a bead board before you begin stringing. It will make bead placement easier and let you judge the strand lengths more accurately.


1. Cut a piece of beading wire for the longest strand. String a metal clay bead. On one end, string 9–10 in. (23–25 cm) of nuggets, chips, rose beads, and round beads. On the other end, string 13–15 in. (33–38 cm) of beads.

2. For the middle strand: Cut a piece of beading wire 2 in. (5 cm) shorter than the first. String quartz and crystal rondelles interspersed with saucer beads and rounds until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

3. For the shortest strand: Cut a piece of beading wire 2 in. (5 cm) shorter than the second. String nuggets, chips, roses, rondelles, and saucers until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

Finishing the necklace

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Step 1

On each end of each strand, string a round bead, a crimp bead, a round, and the corre-sponding loop of half of a box clasp. Go back through the last beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

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Step 2

Using chainnose or crimping pliers, gently close a crimp cover over each crimp.

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Design alternative


On a head pin, string a rose bead, a spacer, a rondelle, and a spacer. Make a wrapped loopOpen the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring.

Design alternative

  • Flip the necklace around so the cameo clasp is in front.
  • Replace the metal clay bead with a Venetian glass saucer to add a splash of color.
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