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Carnelian flower petal necklace and earrings

Carnelian’s beautiful sunset colors have adorned people for thousands of years and inspired lore about calming tempers, relieving anxiety and stress, and protecting travelers.



  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 15mm petal-shaped carnelian beads
  • 10mm round carnelian bead
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 6mm round carnelian beads
  • 1–2 16-in. (41cm) strands 2mm round carnelian beads
  • 2 hanks 13/0 Charlottes, deep red
  • 12 in. (30cm) ribbon elastic
  • K.O. beading thread, red
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • beading needles, #13
  • Big Eye needle


  • 2 petal-shaped carnelian beads, left over from necklace
  • 30–40 2mm round carnelian beads, left over from necklace 
  • 1g 13/0 Charlottes, deep red, left over from necklace
  • 18 in. (46cm) 22-gauge half-hard sterling silver wire 
  • 2 6mm sterling silver jump rings
  • pair of sterling silver earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters




Step 1
Step 2

1. Thread a Big Eye needle on 12 in. (30cm) of ribbon elastic, and pick up five petal beads, making sure that they face in the same direction. Go through all five beads again, and pull the elastic snug. Make a surgeon’s knot, stretching the ends a bit as you pull them tight. Dot the knot with glue, and trim the excess ribbon elastic. Set the flower aside for step 9.

2. Center a needle on 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread, and, using it doubled, pick up a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Pick up a Charlotte, a 6mm carnelian bead, five Charlottes, a 6mm, and four Charlottes. Skipping the last nine beads, go back through the first three beads picked up, forming a loop. Pull the loop snug.

Step 3
Step 4

3. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. (Mine is 16 in./41cm.) Pick up a 6mm and a Charlotte. Repeat until your necklace is within 2 in. (5cm) of the finished length, ending with a Charlotte. Reserve two 6mms for the clasp. 

4. Pick up four Charlottes, a 6mm, and four Charlottes. Skip the nine beads just added and go back through the last few beads added. Tighten the thread. End the thread and tails. Dot the knots with glue. 

Step 5
Step 6

5. Thread a needle on the end of 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread. Go through the last 2 in. (5cm) of the necklace, leaving a 1-in. (2.5cm) tail. Tie half-hitch knots between beads, and exit the end 6mm. Pick up enough Charlottes to equal the length of the necklace, plus a few extra to create a bit of slack. Go through the last 6mm at the opposite end of the necklace. Check that your strand of Charlottes is a pleasing length. If not, remove the thread from the 6mm, add or remove beads, and go through the 6mm again. 

6. Pick up Charlottes as in step 5 and go through the first 6mm at the beginning of the necklace. Continue, making seven to 11 more strands. Make some strands with only Charlottes and others by interspersing 2mm carnelian beads among the Charlottes. Stop making strands when the holes of the end 6mms are nearly full. Add thread as needed. End the threads.

Step 7
Step 8

7. Thread a needle on the end of 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread. Secure the thread at one end of the necklace by tying half-hitch knots, as in step 5. Exit the end 6mm. Pick up six Charlottes, a 10mm carnelian bead, a 6mm, and a Charlotte.

8. Skip the last Charlotte, and sew back through the 6mm, 10mm, and two Charlottes. Pick up four Charlottes, sew through the other side of the end 6mm, and pull tight. Retrace the thread path and end the tails. Dot the knots with glue.

Step 9
9. Secure 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread at the other end of the necklace, exiting the end 6mm. Pick up five Charlottes, and go through one petal bead of the flower you made in step 1. Pick up five Charlottes, and go through the other side of the end 6mm. Make sure that the Charlottes create a loop on the underside of the petal, and pull the loop tight. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread. Dot the knots with glue.

Most Charlottes come in hanks. To transfer beads directly from the hank to your working thread, gently pull one strand from the hank, and tie a square knot with the strand and your thread. Carefully slide the Charlottes over the knot and onto your thread.

For instructions on the matching earrings, click here to download and print this PDF.

Use pressed-glass or resin beads in petal or leaf shapes for the necklace’s clasp. If you can’t find these shapes in carnelian-like colors, try colors such as yellow or white that contrast with the other carnelian beads. Mix seed beads in warm colors to mimic the look of carnelian. You can use 6/0 seed beads to replace the 6mm round beads and 11/0 seed beads instead of the 2mm round beads.
Seed beads
Leaf shape


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