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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • 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 »

  • No Photo
    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 »

Elements Necklace

About this design:

Typically, when I make a multi-strand necklace out of gemstones, I like to mix it up and avoid symmetrical patterns. With this design I wanted to use these particular gemstone strands together by color blocking them and graduating the size of he beads on the necklace strands. I am really happy with how it turned out. Gable was even helping me for a bit :-)
Have you tried this with any of your favorite stones?

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 32" lengths of medium beading wire
  • 2 4" lengths of 3mm leather lace
  • strand of picture jasper matte irregular cubes
  • 8 sunset dumortierite faceted nuggets
  • 22 sunset dumortierite 8mm round
  • 6 sunset dumortierite 4mm round
  • 9 12mm ruby impression round beads
  • 12 chrysoprase faceted nuggets

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your beads using color blocking. Try to mix contrasting color, as well as size, shape and finish (matte, smooth, faceted).
Step 2:
String your 2 strands of beads on heavy beading wire. I use the heavy rather than the medium because of the heavy golden pyrite. Don't crimp the ends to the clasps right away, just tie knots or use a temporary crimp at the end so your beads don't fall off. You want to wait until both strands are strung so that you can lay them next to each other, making sure they lay properly and the the bead placement works.
Step 3:
Once you are happy with the 2 strands, crimp each strand individually to the appropriate part of the toggle clasp.
TIP: The strands will lay nicely next to each other if you string a few 4mm rounds on each end of one or both of the strands.
Step 4:
Wrap a 3mm piece of leather lace around each end pulling snuggly over and around the crimps. Make sure that you can still pull the toggle through the ring before tying the the final knot.

Buy Products from this Design

16" strand
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½ strand (loose)
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16" strand $6.95 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $3.85

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Measurements: (approx. 33 pieces)

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful!!! I especially love Gable’s “war paint” :)

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This surely is very inspirational. Very good premise and lovely necklace. I like to see metal mixed in sometimes like the wavy brass.

  3. D Foltz
    D Foltz says:

    What a great design.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Great idea and design! I hope Gable was using washable markers! LOL
    He’s adorable!

  5. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  6. Lesli M
    Lesli M says:

    WOW! I love everything about this necklace.
    I must say Gable did a good job also. ;)

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love this mix of shapes and colors. The color blocking technique works so well here, especially with the few pops of the red!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooooo! Love the colors, textures and shapes! The leather lace on the ends is particularly inspired!

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh yeah, and the little guy helping is a real cutie!!

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the different shapes and colors in this! Gable looks like he is having fun helping you, and coloring his face :)

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great design – - symmetrical but very intriguing !

  12. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    I like this design– very versatile!

  13. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Awesome colors. I love how the 2 strands have the same basic pattern. Lots of interesting shapes and texture.

  14. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! I do love all those stones and the large faceted pyrite works as a great anchor.

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    H Rousseau says:

    I have hundreds of various colors,shapes and types of beads.I will make this necklace with two or three light strands with med.wire and I will use up some of my bead stash which I have way to much of.I really do like this necklace but I have already made over 100 necklaces which are all one of a kind so this necklace is beautiful and I will make it soon.

  16. K Sorenson
    K Sorenson says:

    Hi Ali
    I love this necklace
    Can you tell me where to purchase the bead organizer like you show in Step 1
    And also where to purchase a Loom

  17. Barbara H
    Barbara H says:

    This necklace speaks to me.

  18. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Just saw this while looking for gemstones. Like it a lot. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques. This will help me trying to put a variety of stones in one necklace.

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