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Elements Necklace

About this design:

Typically, when I make a multi-strand necklace out of gemstones, I like to mix it up and avoid symmetrical patterns. With this design I wanted to use these particular gemstone strands together by color blocking them and graduating the size of he beads on the necklace strands. I am really happy with how it turned out. Gable was even helping me for a bit :-)
Have you tried this with any of your favorite stones?

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 32" lengths of medium beading wire
  • 2 4" lengths of 3mm leather lace
  • strand of picture jasper matte irregular cubes
  • 8 sunset dumortierite faceted nuggets
  • 22 sunset dumortierite 8mm round
  • 6 sunset dumortierite 4mm round
  • 9 12mm ruby impression round beads
  • 12 chrysoprase faceted nuggets

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your beads using color blocking. Try to mix contrasting color, as well as size, shape and finish (matte, smooth, faceted).
Step 2:
String your 2 strands of beads on heavy beading wire. I use the heavy rather than the medium because of the heavy golden pyrite. Don't crimp the ends to the clasps right away, just tie knots or use a temporary crimp at the end so your beads don't fall off. You want to wait until both strands are strung so that you can lay them next to each other, making sure they lay properly and the the bead placement works.
Step 3:
Once you are happy with the 2 strands, crimp each strand individually to the appropriate part of the toggle clasp.
TIP: The strands will lay nicely next to each other if you string a few 4mm rounds on each end of one or both of the strands.
Step 4:
Wrap a 3mm piece of leather lace around each end pulling snuggly over and around the crimps. Make sure that you can still pull the toggle through the ring before tying the the final knot.

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15-16" strand
½ strand (loose)

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15-16" strand
½ strand (loose)

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1 gram

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Measurements: (approx. 33 pieces)

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful!!! I especially love Gable’s “war paint” :)

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This surely is very inspirational. Very good premise and lovely necklace. I like to see metal mixed in sometimes like the wavy brass.

  3. D Foltz
    D Foltz says:

    What a great design.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Great idea and design! I hope Gable was using washable markers! LOL
    He’s adorable!

  5. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

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    Lesli MC says:

    WOW! I love everything about this necklace.
    I must say Gable did a good job also. ;)

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Love this mix of shapes and colors. The color blocking technique works so well here, especially with the few pops of the red!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooooo! Love the colors, textures and shapes! The leather lace on the ends is particularly inspired!

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh yeah, and the little guy helping is a real cutie!!

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the different shapes and colors in this! Gable looks like he is having fun helping you, and coloring his face :)

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great design – - symmetrical but very intriguing !

  12. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    I like this design– very versatile!

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    Deb Harding says:

    Awesome colors. I love how the 2 strands have the same basic pattern. Lots of interesting shapes and texture.

  14. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! I do love all those stones and the large faceted pyrite works as a great anchor.

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    H Rousseau says:

    I have hundreds of various colors,shapes and types of beads.I will make this necklace with two or three light strands with med.wire and I will use up some of my bead stash which I have way to much of.I really do like this necklace but I have already made over 100 necklaces which are all one of a kind so this necklace is beautiful and I will make it soon.

  16. K Sorenson
    K Sorenson says:

    Hi Ali
    I love this necklace
    Can you tell me where to purchase the bead organizer like you show in Step 1
    And also where to purchase a Loom

  17. Barbara H
    Barbara H says:

    This necklace speaks to me.

  18. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Just saw this while looking for gemstones. Like it a lot. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques. This will help me trying to put a variety of stones in one necklace.

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