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Dripping Nuggets Necklace

About this design:

Gemstone nuggets, leather, facets, artist beads, metal feather, WoolyWire, fringe… What a mess it was on my desk :-)
This necklace is not leaving my sight, I will wear it with jeans and a v-neck top, a dress, at the park, in the Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. I guess the only time this style can't be worn is when I'm running.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 18" 4mm leather cord
  • 2 leather cord ends
  • 2 oval jump rings
  • 1 large jump ring for closure
  • 1 classic s-hook
  • 7 20" lengths of 7-ply Irish waxed linen
  • adhesive
  • 10 nuggets
  • 1 enamel bead
  • 1 Gaea ceramic pendant
  • 2 faceted metal nuggets/barrels
  • 2 faceted metal teardrops
  • 8 14mm faceted round beads
  • 12 8mm round beads
  • handful of a couple different types of seed beads
  • feather pendant
  • 2 4" lengths of Wooly Wire
  • 20-22" of Wooly Wire

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Begin by gathering your supplies and laying out each fringe strand.
Step 2:
Clip or secure your 4mm leather cord with it centered on your board.
Step 3:
Trim 7 20" lengths of Irish waxed linen.
Step 4:
To attach the waxed linen, double it over and make a lark's head knot around the leather cord at the center point.
Step 5:
String your beads onto the Irish waxed linen. To string the gemstone beads, string one of the strands of waxed linen through the bead and pull the other strand around the bead. Then secure using an overhand knot.
Continue attaching waxed linen and stringing beads until all 7 strands are complete.
Step 6:
Add detail to the different fringe strands using 6/0 and 8/0 seed beads.
Step 7:
Adjust the placement of the fringe strands. It helps to keep everything clipped to the board until you are ready to finish the ends.
Step 8:
Finish off the ends of the leather cord using a fold over crimp cord end. Make sure to apply adhesive to the ends of the leather, then slide the cord end onto the leather. Squeeze the cord end together to secure.
Step 9:
Attach your closure to the cord ends using oval jump rings.
Step 10:
Wrap Wooly Wire in-between the tops of the fringe strands along the leather cord and adding in additional bits past the fringe along the leather to accent.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    What a great design! I love all the colors and different types of beads and components you used. I agree, it can be worn any time of year–casual or dressed up!

  2. Copper Penny
    Copper Penny says:

    Ali, this is fantastic, you are a girl after my own heart! I love the rustic and earthy feel. I can see why you won’t be taking this off! Absolutely stunning!

  3. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    So beautiful; another signature design by you!!

    Ah, go on! Wear it when you run. Just make sure you have your safety glasses on and your mouth guard in and you’ll be all set!!! I guarantee you though, won’t get 15 yards before someone stops you and asks about this GORGEOUS NECKLACE, ALI!!!!

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    Deb Harding says:

    Ali this is another just absolutely fantastic, earthy,
    boho-ish, natural looking piece. I’d wear it all the time too.

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is just so wonderful! I love all the different shapes, textures, colors and sizes. It’s just dripping with gorgeous Ali…ness!

  6. Anna C WonderChick
    Anna C WonderChick says:

    Ali I love this necklace! No wonder you wear it everywhere.

  7. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Love this piece! so textural! :)

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love it, Ali, it has a tribal feel :D

  9. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Love it!

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fantabulous! I can’t add a thing to what has been said! :)

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    SpL says:

    Great pieces….Luv them :-)

  12. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks, you guys are awesome! I’m so glad you like like the necklace.

  13. T Paul
    T Paul says:

    Gorgeous!! Love, love, love!

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I am also happy to know you are a RUNNING beader. :)

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    Fresh Baked says:

    The wooly wire adds so much interesting detail to this fun necklace. Love it!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:


  17. ShadyGlade Girl
    ShadyGlade Girl says:

    Looking and looking at this fantastic piece! Gorgeous work! You are correct it will go with everything and everyone is going to want it!!

  18. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    What a great collection of “goodies.” Love it! :D

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Ooooo! Fantastic mix of beads and textures!! Love the style and design too!

  20. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    WOW! Nuff said…… :-)

  21. Laud
    Laud says:

    Great design!

  22. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Marvelous! Like a collection of earthy talismans…

  23. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Very inspiring! I love your work!

  24. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    I haven’t been on here for many months, sometimes my life takes me away from the things i love… glad i am back in time to see this and many other gorgeous pieces! Happy almost Halloween everyone.

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    M Pelech says:

    This piece has its own speech Love Love Love

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    Millertme954 says:

    Love this one! I’ve always loved the Boho look. One question. How do you secure the “bits” that you wrap on the cord? I didn’t see anything in your instructions. Again, this is totally awesome.

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    Millertme954 says:

    Forget the question. Since it’s wire it will be secured after wrapping. DUH, lol

  28. J Lawson
    J Lawson says:

    I love all your funky Boho Chic designs. I have so many very cool random beads, and this is a great idea!

  29. CAS
    CAS says:

    I seem to have missed this somehow but ooooohhhhhh … aaaaahhhhh … oooohhhhh la la!!! Ali this is gorgeousness personified. Love it!!!! :D

  30. Alma O
    Alma O says:

    Love this

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    povertyridgeranch1 says:

    All I can say is it’s Awesome…I’m going to attempt creating something close with the beads I have…your a wonderful designer…

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    Denie B says:

    Hello, you are my go to place to buy & create new things. Love, love this Dripping Nuggets design ! I just need to know where/what size turquoise nuggets are in the your store??? There isn’t a link that I can see…help!
    Denie B

  33. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    If you type “turquoise nuggets” into the site’s search bar they come up. The large-hole 10mm×8mm are item#:33301. You can also search ‘gemstones’ under the ‘beads’ category. Hope this helps.

  34. swerdybird
    swerdybird says:

    I get much inspiration & enticing ideas from looking at people’s work on this site & very grateful for the genuinely useful tutorials. However I guess im pretty discriminating about which pieces I really love & would want to wear myself. It’s not snobbery – many pieces are beautifully crafted & admired for that reason – but I wouldn’t want to wear them – just not my style. But every now & then there are ones that really stop me in my tracks, bowl me over & raise the old heart rate ! This piece is one of those !! May even be my favorite one. Not surprised you wear it all the time. When I’m feeling less rusty ( several years since I last made anything) I may need to attempt my own version of this one. It manages to be simple(unfussy) & rich at the same time, organic & textured, Informal but elegant too. Wow! That’s really quite a feat.

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