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Bohemian Wood Necklace

About this design:

With credit given to Asia because this is a take-off of her Bohemian Big Ball necklace. Found the decorative acrylic bead last night and knew it was perfect.


Large wood beads. Small wood beads. Decorative acrylic bead. Brass bead caps. Brass ring. Suede cord. S-lon stringing cord.

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  1. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Nicely designed! Cool toggle. Glad you found the bead it is just perfect for this piece. :)

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you. This box of beads had the decorarive bead, the oblong bead over the decorative one and the trapezoid tube I used for the toggle. Got lucky!

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Perfect for your bracelets. I like the toggle too. I especially like the tiny dangles of several shades of wood.

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, this is a stunning necklace, you did fantastic job :D

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Julie and Asia especially thank you. Your necklace inspired this. I was hoping you would like it.

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I have a question. Does anyone know where I can find the plain brown wood bead I used here? It is a tad smaller than a dime. The ones I have come in a mixed box. But I don’t really want more of thr other things at this time. I need this size and the two smaller sizes I use in the bracelets.

  7. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, this is a great design. Causual and chic. Love the way you treated the clasp!

    You may be able to find your plain wood bead at JoAnn’s, or Fire Mountain Gems. Lots of wood there.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I looked at Fire Mountain’s website. Saw lots yes. I just don’t know.which is the right size…mm sizes just mess me up. But they were cheap.
    There is a Joanns in Wilmington…hmmm.

    Thanks Susie. The clasp just kinda evolved really. It wasn’t what I thought I was going to do at all.

  9. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love this design,Deb!
    I was also going to suggest Fire Mountain Gems. To find out the size of your bead, you could thread a scrap of string through one and mark either side with a marker. Then measure between the marks with a metric ruler. :)

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, the clasp is really cool. Good job!

    I was going to suggest measuring your beads, but Jolene beat me to it. It’s the only way to know! If you don’t have a ruler, you can go to the library, get online, and print one out!

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Michaels also has bags of wood beads… in both the beading section (Darice) and back in the kid’s craft area(Creatology). I know this because my aunt wanted a bracelet with wooden beads and bought 3 big bags of beads.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    My.Michaels didnt have them in the beads. But.I didn’t think of the kids stuff. Hmm I wonder if those bags have that large size. I know its larger than 12mm but I’m not sure if its as large as 20mm.

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Warm and wonderful. Anything with wood beads always speaks to me.
    You might want to check Beads and Pieces for wood beads. They have a very large selection with lots of ebony. Anytime I want wood beads that is always my first stop. :)

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Jolene and also thanks for the measuring tip. I know I have a small tape measure that does metric somewhere.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Nancy. That is an online store right?

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Great job, Deb!! Like everyone else, I love your creativity with the toggle and the little dangle additions. I have no more suggestions than those of the other ladies. Good luck with your search!

  17. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Deb: In my Michaels, the bags of wood beads are not in the regular mix of their bead strands.
    There are big bags of wood beads in with the “cheap” plastic acrylic beads, the pony beads, bead kits, and the alphabet beads on a side wall. Sorta of a “craft” area within the jewelry area.

  18. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Becky. I like how the dangles stick out instead of hanging because that bigger bead is first. An unexpected bonus trying to.hide the knot.
    And.oooh I.cant.even.remember seeing.that stuff Julie. Gotta go back anyway. Picked up the glue for.the stretch cord laid it down and

  19. Frida
    Frida says:

    Love it Deb! Great job :D

  20. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Hard to believe its basically inexpensive wood beads huh? Thanks Frida.

  21. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Blast…search for wood beads at Michaels proved fruitless. No bags of Darice in jewelry. Just a tub of bead landing ones with mostly reddish wood and not many big ones. No wood beads in kids stuff. Pooh!

  22. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    I don’t even go to Michaels anymore. We have an AC Moore and it’s 10X better. To me anyway.

  23. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, did you try JoAnn’s. They have bags ofnwoodb beads. You’ll have to get a couple, as they tend to be monochromatic.
    You may want to try, or fire mountain gems.

  24. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    There isn’t a JoAnns here or AC Moore. Those stores are in Wilmington, over an hour from here. I hate Jacksonville.
    Susie I’m not worried about monochromatic at this.point. I have lots of smaller beads in.several shades. I’m just wanting the dark brown like this.necklace in this size and one size smaller. Wouldn’t you know I had to like the look of the one I had the least of. I just really like the look of the dark bracelets and this necklace. It looks more expensive to me…nicer.

  25. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Okay… You like this design. Cool. These are not THE only possible beads!
    Use your pearls or some colored chips or bunches of seedbeads… like the cute bracelets. It’s the *lots of rounds, then a big focal, then a little spot of different* that you are going for. Right? YOU are the McGyver… improvise and you always find something cool. Right? :)
    What about those cute oblong flower-etched beads? Those would be cute here. What about dark beads for the majority, then a funky pearl, then lighter colored beads?
    I think you want them all to be different and unique and quirky. Not all the same… Right? :)

    Go back to “creative” Deb (instead of stubborn Deb) and you’ll be good-to-go!!! ;)

  26. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    BTW: All of the above said with love and inspiration… to light a fire…
    (NOT to be critical)

  27. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Well, darn! Julie’s right. You ARE McGyver! You may want the bag of dark brown beads, BUT, you are very capable of making a masterpeice with what you have! Why not sell what you have now, and buy more with the profits?

    Said with LOVE!

    And hugs! Go girl!

  28. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well all of that advice is good…to a point. I am making “Bohemian Wood” necklaces
    Without wood then it kind of doesn’t work.
    Also the wood beads are CHEAP…CHEAP. The other round beads are not so I’m trying to make the more costly items stretch across at least 10 pieces as opposed to 2. And I have several accent beads like the one here that only match brown. Like the bracelets which are all dark but are still slightly different that is my plan. And yes I was planning on using the flower ones…but only one or two. I also wouldnt mind lighter colored beads the same size either but I want more dark durn it. And yes I’m going to be stubborn because I know the look I’m trying to.achieve. not an angry stubborn mind you.

    And you ladies really nees to learn to spell MacGyver. There’s an “A” in there. Come on don’t mess with my man!

  29. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    And they are not all going to look like this one.

    They did have 2 strings of round ones like this only MUCH bigger.

  30. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    MacGyver… McGyver… What’s the diff??? HA HA HA!!!

  31. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Aahhh I cant believe you said that…!!! I’m dying over here!

  32. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    He’s only my longest relationship. I’ve been crushing on him since 1985. And by him I mean Richard Dean Anderson.

  33. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I don’t think you guys are getting my.point either. I have lots of accent beads, focal beads, silver/brass components…things that you use sparingly. I just don’t have the main ingredient. Its like going to.paint a room and all you have is your various trim paints and no wall paint.

  34. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    HA HA HA!!! I know who you mean! I knew that comment would cut deep! ;)
    My “crush” is Harrison Ford. Since poor Han Solo was frozen by meany Jaba the Hut! He just keeps getting better and better.

  35. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh I like him too. He was so good in The Fugitive.
    Okay Satellite Beach native…I need to find out if you know my cousins that used to live there. Sooo ballpark figure on age. Or did you ever know Donna, Randy, Brenda, or Rob Hammond? Donna a majorette in high school, Brenda little Miss Brevard County.

  36. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Names don’t sound familiar. I graduated in 1976. I’m 53 years old. Would that be the same time period?
    We had 726 students in our graduating class! It’s very possible I just never met them.

  37. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Have you checked eebeads dot com, for wood beads?
    They have a range of sizes, strand prices, natural, brown, black, etc.
    RE: mm sizes and relating them to inches. I’ve found this helpful… A penny is about 19mm or approx. 3/4 inch (thereabouts). A quarter is about 25mm, or approx. 1 inch.

  38. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Hey Lois,

    Thanks for that information. My large beads are about 1/2 inch so figured its about a 15mm or a little larger. I just ordered an assorted boz from Fire Mountain Gems, about 500 beads. WOW! That’s a lot so hopefully that will solve my problem. It had white, black, natural, & dark brown.

    Thanks again

  39. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Oh “WOW!” is right! Sounds like an excellent assortment. Hope you’ll show us a photo of your wood pile :P when you get it!!

  40. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    LMBO…when I make another necklace I will also take a photo of 500 wood beads. I should be able to make a few necklaces with that I guess…lol.

  41. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I never said I could spell! Can’t wait to see that big box of beads!

  42. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    500 wood beads gor $7.00. Unbeleiveable!!!! That the same.thing I paid for that little assorted box at Wally World. Which is totally worth it if only for the cool patterned bead and that oblong bead in this necklace and the small swirly reddish brown ones I haven’t used yet. But still 500 beads!!!! Necklaces galore!!

  43. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Great necklace. Very earthy. This should sell quickly. I can’t wait to see what you make with 500! beads. ;)

  44. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Peggy. :)

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