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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love the mix of metal and your bead and color choices are perfect....great design!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thank so much, everyone! And if you want to delve more into coiling, then getting and…” read »

The Gardener Necklace

About this design:

I wanted to show a couple of things when I came up with this necklace design. The first was how to use a lucite flower as an accent on a focal piece. The second was braiding ribbon. This is one of my favorite ways to use ribbon. Braiding or knotting the hand-dyed silk will make it suitable as a structural part of your designs rather than just a beautiful accent. I tried to stick to fuchsias and watery tones in this design and the Green Girl pieces really made the garden come to life.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1' each of Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon in Echinacea, Sea Goddess and Mother Earth
  • Letter Stamp Set
  • 1 Round Blank
  • 1 Lucite Dahlia Flower 16mm
  • 1 Green Girl Floral Leaf Link
  • 1 Green Girl Woodland Scene
  • 1 Green Girl Bouquet Toggle Clasp
  • 4 Antique Brass (plated) Crimp Tubes2x2mm
  • 11 Kyanite Flat Oval 10x8mm
  • 18 Czech Glass Square 6mm
  • 1/2 Strand of Semi-Round Fresh Water Pearl
  • 2' .019" 49 Strand Beading Wire
  • 2 colors of Gilders Paste to match bead colors

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
I first textured both sides of my blank, then chose a side to be the front and stamped the word "GARDENER." Once this is complete, use your Lima Studios Crystal Clear 5 minute epoxy and apply a thin layer on the bottom of the lucite flower and press down.
Step 2:
After everything was set, I chose German Silver Gilders Paste to apply to the textured blank as the base. I buffed it and added Violet Gilders Paste to the letters.
Step 3:
It is easier to loop your beading wire over the ribbon and then crimp. Once your crimp is secure, knot the ribbon tightly to the beading wire loop. Now you can begin braiding and knotting. Before attaching the other side to the beading wire, make sure to string on your Green Girl Floral Leaf Link.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Ali is back…and look at the pretty things she is showing us how to make. Love your designs Ali.

  2. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks Betty!

  3. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    OH,this is gorgeous!

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    Copper Penny says:

    Beautiful design Ali, I really want to try the gilders paste. It looks like lots of fun to use.

  5. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Beautiful. I love the way the lucite flower looks against the focal piece. And the Green Girl items are a great touch. I also really like the braided ribbon … lovely.

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is beautiful, fresh summer flowers and I sure like the green girl touch to this..

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful !

  8. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    This is beautiful Ali ~ I love it !

  9. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    …by the way Ali, how did you fray the ribbon, because that looks fab ! ??….ta

  10. Ali
    Ali says:

    The ribbon can get then frayed look by running the edge between your fingers. It is also likely to happen naturally as you wear the ribbon in a piece since it doesn’t have an edge seam. Hope that helps.
    Thanks for all the the love everyone, I had fun with this piece!

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    K Manahan says:

    Beautiful,a lot of work..

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    K Manahan says:

    Beautiful,lots of hard work

  13. Adrianne C
    Adrianne C says:

    ooooh thats really pretty
    i amde something almost like that but instead of a circle it was a turtle and it was really tropical looking:) but yours looks like it was alot more work
    good job

  14. shimmer chick
    shimmer chick says:

    beautiful. love the use of the lucite flower.

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    Caila says:

    Dear Ali, this is a beautiful piece. I’m new to all the “ingredients” you have in your necklace, so it took me awhile to see it all because the more I looked, the more I saw. I kept finding more and more interesting things to look at. It’s a fascinating piece of art! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Esmerelda
    Esmerelda says:

    Very cute!

  17. Vibrant Jewels
    Vibrant Jewels says:

    I like this, but it seems like you left out a lot of steps!

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