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Wood, In The Past Tense

About this design:

"You can turn to stone, or you can catch fire..."

I realized I've never posted one of my lariat necklaces here... so I'd like to share my latest lariat variation, made with petrified wood and smoke-toned glass dice.

Since none of the petrified wood pieces were even close to making a pair for earrings, I went for a very mis-matched pair: one stone, one glass.


Petrified Wood, glass dice, s/p rounds, seedbeads

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Measure approximately 2 yards of beading wire. It is better to have too much than not enough! Make sure 2 strands fit through the bead holes...
Step 2:
String enough seedbeads (I use 11/0s)to make a loop that fits around your largest bead. String BOTH ends through a silver-plated round bead (from now on you will be stringing both strands through the bead holes). Check again that the loop fits around the 'big' beads. Center the loop on the length of beading wire.
Step 3:
String approximately 1 inch seedbeads, a round, a 'big bead', and another round.
Step 4:
Repeat step 3 until only 2 'big beads' remain.
Step 5:
String approximately 1 inch of seedbeads, a crimp, a round, a 'big bead', and another round onto ONE strand of beading wire. Pass the wire back through the 'big bead', the 1st round, and the crimp. Crimp.
Step 6:
Snug up any slack by pulling on the free end of the beading wire. String approximately 2 inches of seedbeads, a crimp, a round, the last 'big bead', and another round onto the remaining strand of beading wire. Pass the wire back through the 'big bead', the 1st round, and the crimp. Crimp. Trim excess wire.
Step 7:
To wear, gently pass the two 'tails' through the loop, and adjust the position of the cross-over point as desired.

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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a beauty! I love your design and these colors would go with so many others, Mary! Thanks so much for the instructions, too! :D

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    BTW, your little holiday mouse is adorable!!! 8)

  3. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    What a pretty design!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Beautiful and earthy!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    What a gorgeous design! Thanks for the instructions. :D

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Love what you’re doing with the lariat design! This one is beautiful–the neutral colors make this so versatile. I can see it being snapped up as soon as it appears on a tray in your booth.

  8. stvneeser
    stvneeser says:

    I think the mis-matched earrings are really catching on – I haven’t made a pair of matched earrings for a while now.

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