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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

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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. g peak
    g peak 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!

  18. T Strickland
    T Strickland says:

    Ali please edit to include missing steps. Not sur what happened there lol please when you have a chance. Spring and summer are right around the corner.

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    jenmrn says:

    Yes definitely Ali Please edit and include all the steps to show how you made this fantastic piece! I am an avid gardener and would love to try and make something similar. I am no where near as talented as you but trying to learn! Thanks

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