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Rippling Creek Necklace

About this design:

I just love the pattern in Red Creek Jasper. It reminds me of the pattern on Fall leaves. The colors are so earthy, so they pair really well with Vintaj Natural Brass. The New Jade brings out the brighter tones in the pattern and adds additional sparkle :-) African turquoise 4mm and Vintaj corrugated beads are the perfect filler bead, adding the *je ne sais quoi*. I'm sure you can guess where the ripples are played out - leather. I know, I know, I managed to put leather in another project! It just fits so well with the stones and gives the piece texture.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1/2 strand of Red Creek Jasper Nuggets (faceted or smooth)
  • 20 New Jade Faceted Round 6mm (a little less than a 1/2 strand)
  • 25 African Turquoise Round 4mm
  • 8 Vintaj Natural Brass Corrugated Melon Bead 4mm
  • 3 Vintaj Natural Brass filigree tube beads 8mm
  • 2 20" lengths of bronze medium beading wire
  • 4 Vintaj tube crimp beads
  • 20" deertan leather lace 10mm
  • 16" deertan leather lace 3mm
  • Vintaj Natural Brass hook and eye clasp
  • 9" Vintaj Natural Brass large curb chain
  • 10 Vintaj Natural Brass etched jump rings

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your necklace to get the general idea of where you want the larger beads to be. Once you have that part decided, you can begin filling in with 4mm beads.
Step 2:
Crimp a loop at one end of each of the 20" lengths of beading wire. Keep a short tail pulled through the crimp, enough to double back through a Vintaj corrugated bead. Make sure your loop is large enough to string the 3mm leather lace through twice.
String the inner strand using mostly the faceted round 6mm new jade beads on the 20" length of medium wire. Pepper in some 4mm round African turquoise and Vintaj corrugated rounds. Finished length should be around 8".
String the outer strand using mainly Red Creek Jasper. Stringing this necklace involves sewing leather lace onto the beading wire. String on about 2" worth of beads, then sew in the leather. To make a group of ripples, I created that shape with my fingers folding the leather back and forth, then I took my hole punch and punched through the leather lace. To go around a bead, pull the leather around said bead and mark the hole with a pin or pencil, then punch.
Step 3:
Continue stringing beads and sewing leather in groups until you are satisfied. Lay out the 2 strands next to each other as they will appear on a neck. This is the time where you can adjust placement if needed. Once you are happy, crimp the ends of each strand, just as before.
Step 4:
String 4" of the 3mm leather lace through one end of each strand twice. Tie an overhand knot at the top of the loops.
Step 5:
Take the 3-4" tail of leather and string through the eye of the hook and eye clasp set twice. Then tie a couple knots, dab with adhesive.
Place 4 Vintaj etched jump rings over the leather knots and loop tops.
Step 6:
Before attaching the other end of the necklace to the chain using the leather, tie a few knots in the longer length of leather. String on 3 Vintaj filigree tube beads.
  Step 7:
Repeat step 5. Attach to the chain rather than the eye, knotting the leather just as before. :-) Make sure that the length of leather is even with the inner strand that features the new jade.
Place 4 Vintaj etched jump rings over the leather knots and loop tops.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Your imagination is incredible! :) I just LOVE this!! You have the gift of nature/boho/earthy creativity that we all aspire to!

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What a very interesting and to me, very unique, necklace.

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a great necklace, Ali ! Love the addition of the leather – - -

  4. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Another gorgeous necklace! Wish I could incorporate leather in everything! ;)

  5. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    I think all your work is great, but I have a soft spot for R/C Jasper. I really like how you paired it w/leather.I just completed a whole line of R/C.and paired it all w/copper wich really played off of all those fall colors in the R/C jasper. Really beautiful w/the leather.

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    Deb Harding says:

    Keep on using the leather Ali. We love it and it gives us inspiration for ways to use it ourselves. This is such a cool necklace, very earthy, very much fall colors. I would wear it any time.

  7. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Gorgeous necklace Ali! Love the addition of the pleated leather, what a cool idea!

  8. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  9. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone!

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    D Verducci says:

    Great work. I don’t see the smaller round beads listed in the main strand that are different warm tone colors of green and redish-brown, here and there. What are they please? Are they in the store, before i close out my sale? Thanks!

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    D Verducci says:

    PS I’m sorry, I see them in the list, not the list of supplies where I looked. Fantastic, yes a talent for Earthy, which is a favorite for me!

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic job as always, Ali, love the ripple effect :D

  13. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love all the different strands! Gorgeous as always!

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    Donarae B says:

    Very nice colors and textures. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Ali
    Ali says:

    If you don’t see the specific products I used in my design listed in the “Buy Products From This Design” section, we are more than likely sold out and awaiting a restock shipment. I try to list out everything that I used in the “What You’ll Need” near the description. That way if you want to substitute in your own favorite beads, you’ll be able to figure out what you need.

    Thanks again all!!

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  18. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I’ve b een looking at this RC necklace even before I joined LB. I’ve always loved it,but never read the ‘how to’ until tonight. The pleating of the 10 mm leather – did that just ‘pop’ into your head or did you see it somewhere else? I know you are GOOD and I know you are good enough to have just thought of it, but – did you?

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