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Vintage Clusters

About this design:

I love vintage costume jewelry, so when I saw this lemony vintage yellow color crystal my wheels immediately started turning. It embodies that distinctive vintage pop. I decided to make a necklace that was full of the yellow adding in colors that were reflected from the chain - charcoal, platinum, white.

I would love to see this re-imagined using other vintage inspired colors, just remember to add the charm clusters using a jump ring all across the front of the necklace.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1 strand of vintage yellow crystal 14mm faceted rondelle
  • 1/2 strand of 4mm faceted clear crystal rondelle
  • 3 12mm dragonfruit shell pearls
  • 2 14mm pearly white shell pearls
  • 6 14mm charcoal shell pearls
  • 5 12mm charcoal shell pearls
  • 7 14mm platinum shell pearls
  • 5 12mm platinum shell pearls
  • 59 filler charms in sizes 4-8mm
  • 125 headpins
  • 38 7.25mm jump rings
  • 20" of chain

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Start by making your charms by wire wrapping headpins onto your chosen beads. I made 125 charms … in 44min17sec. I wanted to see how fast I could be, so I set a stop watch. This is not critical to making the charms :-)
Step 2:
After a little trial and error, I found that it's easiest to get your jump ring onto the chain, leave it open a bit, put the charms on, and then close it. Add anywhere from 5-8 charms onto each jump ring depending on size of charms and alternate the position of the jump rings as you move along the chain to ensure an even fullness. Make sure your jump rings are closed tightly. You really don't want charms falling off after all this work!

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  1. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    I love this, Ali!! You’re right, the yellow really pops! So pretty! Thanks for posting the tutorial.

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

    Ali, what a gorgeous necklace! I love the vintage style of it and the color palette is fabulous! The colors of the shell pearls and crystals work beautifully with the stainless steel chain! :D

    OK, let the games begin…..the race to see who can make the most charms in the least amount of time…..and not have them fall off the finished design!!! 8O 8)

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    That should have been 8) . Oops.

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    olive penguin says:

    I love the style of this necklace, thanks for posting the tutorial! It was interesting and gave a lot of great info/tips.

  5. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Ali…this is so fabuloso!! The yellow is so cheerful,and lemony bright,and I’m IN LOVE with Dragonfruit Shell Pearls. It’s cool that you have a few peeking out! What a great tutorial as well. You’re so organized,and have the patience of a saint! ;+))

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    P Mays says:

    as I sit here in my yellow t-shirt and sweater….
    what do you think? Love those yellow crystals!!!

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    INSTANT SUNSHINE, Ali. Love it!
    44 min and 17 sec? Wow! that is fast! Must be some sort of speed record. :D

  8. BrendaBeads
    BrendaBeads says:

    Wow- what a beautiful design!! I love all the yellow! Yellow is one of Pantone’s Spring colors for this year, called “Solar Power.” :)

  9. BrendaBeads
    BrendaBeads says:

    Forgot to add that I added those yellow crystals to my wish list! :)

  10. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    Gorgeous! Been finding great pieces at consignment shops and re-purposing them. The hunt is fun and the resulting new pieces have a lovely vintage appeal!

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    N radon says:

    I love the vibrant yellow of these crystals.

  12. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Beautiful happy design! :D

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    J Geletko says:

    This is gorgeous! I am a new customer (and relatively new beader)and this is the first project I am saving to my favorites. I’m really impressed with all of the entries in the gallery, I can’t wait to get started.

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Okay, this is such a fabulous necklace that it has inspired me to give it a go. I am not going with the yellow beads because yellow and I do not play well together, but this is a fab combo for someone who is not a pale faced redhead!

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Coral — Yellow (especially the bold, bright ones) and I play VERY well together — but I have very dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and “Snow White” fair skin! LOL ;) 8)

  16. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Really beautiful..lovely bright colors.

  17. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Can’t tell you how long I have been looking for yellow..Great use of it!

  18. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone!!
    I LOVE the yellow. This style necklace reminds me of something my Grandma would have worn back in the day :-)

  19. BeadBrat23
    BeadBrat23 says:

    I am in LOVE with this color combo!!

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    Olivia J says:

    Ali, this is great! Gorgeous! Thanks SO much for sharing!!

  21. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    Ali, you are Awesome!!! I appreciate your style and how well you share your gift! Thanks:)

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    Ms Monkeyhouse says:

    Love this -could be sometime making something similar in a periwinkle opaque now that the yellow is out of stock. Love the yellow, too. You are way creative!!!!!!!

  23. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    I LOVE this necklace. It is so gorgeous. I would love to make this, but I don’t really understand the instructions

  24. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    This is SO pretty!

  25. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    Yellow is so vibrant and beautiful!

  26. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    I changed my photo, again, because a lot of people had the same one.

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    J Nunes says:

    Very nice! The kind of necklace that brings you joy every time you wear it:)

  28. Pearlgirl100
    Pearlgirl100 says:

    Yellow is a HAPPY color! Blue would be a cool choice as well. I’m inspired*~

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