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Glass Pebbles Necklace

About this design:

I've been wanting to make a simple multi strand necklace to wear this summer, but didn't want to just string the beads and be done. Then I remembered a bracelet I had made last summer and thought, hmmm… Then, my glass pebbles multi-strand necklace was born. I chose a dominant color, a couple accents and a couple splashes. It was also important to mix the sizes to keep things free.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 35 beads or 7 strands (5 beads per strand) Recycled Glass Flat Freeform 21-23x18-20mm
  • 27 beads or 5 strands (6 beads per strand) Recycled Glass Flat Freeform 15x13-15mm
  • 24 beads or 1 strand recycled glass round 6mm
  • 15' or around 5 yards of Irish waxed linen in color A, cut into 3 equal lengths
  • 15' or around 5 yards of Irish waxed linen in color B, cut into 3 equal lengths
  • 1 toggle clasp

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
With a multi strand necklace, layout is very important. You want to make sure that the placement of your beads on the different strands are complimentary to each other.
Step 2:
Now that you have your layout decided, cut 3 5' lengths of each of your 2 selected waxed linen colors. Match up opposing colors and tie together in an overhand knot just off center. We are going to start with the outer strand of beads, beginning our stringing from the center and working out. Take your first bundle of waxed linen, string on a bead from the center of the outer strand that you laid out using just one of your cords. Pull the bead up to the knot. Bring the other cord around the bead and secure the bead in place by gathering both cords and making an overhand knot at the edge of the bead. Repeat this until you have used all your beads for that strand on one side, then move to the other side of that strand beginning at the center again.
Step 3:
I chose to use round beads at the back to finish of my necklace because they gather up nicely and I didn't want anything too bulky at the back. String and knot the beads in the same way as explained in step 2.
Step 4:
Gather all 3 strands, making sure that the end beads are even with each other. Create an overhand knot up to the beads. Make another overhand knot next to that one.
Step 5:
Attach your toggle bar and ring to the waxed linen. Make sure that the toggle bar fits through the toggle ring before tightening down your knots. Waxed linen is almost impossible to untie once you secure your knots :-)

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  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Oh my gosh Ali. What a treasure!! So smooth, cool,and would be lots of fun to wear.
    Gorgeous work!!

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    Penny G says:

    How many strands of each of the beads do we need to order? is this listed somewhere and I missed it?

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is a great piece Ali!

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Fab summer necklace!!

  5. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Ali, what is the length of each strand?

  6. ginAveri aka Dee
    ginAveri aka Dee says:

    I love your color combo. Really nice work.

  7. Designs 2 njoy
    Designs 2 njoy says:

    Beautiful Color Palette! Very well done!

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
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  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Wow Ali! I’m so enamored with the light sapphire and seafoam that I would not have thought to make peacock the dominant color. This is SO pretty!!!

  10. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous and wonderfully summery! And I’m still lusting after that display board!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous mix of colors, I love it :D Thanks for the tutorial :D

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love the beach and love this necklace! It’s like a breath of salt air. I bet there aren’t many sea glass beads left now that this beauty posted!

  13. Laud
    Laud says:


  14. Ali
    Ali says:

    Hi everyone :-) Thanks for the nice comments. I must have forgotten to save the materials list earlier today … sorry about that. I have just noted how much of everything is needed toward the top of the page under “What You’ll Need”

    Strand lengths are as follows:
    inside strand – 18″
    middle strand – 20″
    outer strand – 21″

    I hope that helps!

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  16. Kathy M
    Kathy M says:

    Beautiful design, Ali.

  17. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, Ali, for all the info- I just ordered some glass beads and will attempt this necklace!

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    Ed C says:

    I like the color mix.

  19. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    So like everyone else what is not to like about this? You have all these great beads at your disposal, I would hope you make the coolest, most creative necklaces. I would like to see this on someone walking down the street to see how it looks on, how it hangs and how far down it should hang. Thanks for all the valuable information. The last time I looked at your necklace, I didn’t have time to take it in and think about it. I think I like it but having used similar materials you are spot on about the free form. If the necklace doesn’t hang right I have to take it apart so many times….I am sure I will visit this design many more times.

  20. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ali, your necklace is beautiful! Love the free-flowing design & the mix of colors is perfect! Thanks for sharing! :D

  21. Trish R
    Trish R says:

    I made the necklace, along with a bracelet and earrings So many compliments!


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    Miannda says:

    Beautiful! I have to make one for myself for the summer.

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    D Grossi says:

    Beautiful!! I screams summer. I am just starting out and would love to make this for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  24. freefromca
    freefromca says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS NECKLACE! Can you get the pictures with in the instructions to work please.

    Trish R, LOVE your bracelet & earrings you made to go with the necklace, I try to do that too.

    Thanks again.

  25. Candy aka Texas Grammy
    Candy aka Texas Grammy says:

    I just found your glass pebbles necklace Ali, March 2016. Good designs are timeless. I have to make a couple of these so I’m ready for summer. So lovely.

  26. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Love this necklace, Ali! Real Beachcomber vibe with your cool use of cord! An autumn version of this using harvest colors would be awesome.

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    L Degourse says:

    Can you use another type of thread; ie; silk or cotton?

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    Tater says:

    Lovely necklace and tutorial. I agree with #N Taylor above, it would be great too see this (and many of your amazing creations) worn by you or another Lima Beads Model. It might help those using the tutorial able to modify length or design prior to putting it together.

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    BigJrocks says:

    Summer is short; wear your party

  30. SammieSays
    SammieSays says:

    I love this!! I love the color combo and the way you strung it.

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