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About this design:

I happened to have these beads remaining from previous projects and decided to put them together in a strand in a random manner as the spirit led me. Since I wore the resulting necklace to the golf course and my girlfriend liked it, I gave it to her. It does not interfere with her golf swing.


24 inches of beading wire, assorted beads of choice, clasp and crimp beads.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Select a dominant color for the necklace and a variety of size and shaped beads from those you have left over. Keep the weight balanced on the necklace for comfort. Contrast transparent and opaque beads, round with faceted, smooth with textured. Try various metal elements you have available as well. Use the eyes of a child when you create this one. Do what pleases you.
Step 2:
Secure one end of the necklace and string beads spontaneously. It is fine to rearrange if you want, but remember, it is the differences that make the interest. As with people, our flaws make us individual. Once you use a color, repeat it elsewhere in the necklace.
Step 3:
This necklace should be no more than eighteen inches or less, as it is to be worn with casual attire, even sweatshirts, and not be uncomfortably heavy or get in the way of sports activity. You might consider a lobster claw fastener for that reason, though I used otherwise since golf is not likely to accidentally unfasten the necklace.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Oh, my word! I love this necklace. It’s random nature is so attractive, yet the choice of a dominant color draws it together. Your tutorial is appreciated, providing much needed guidance for some of us :) I can see why your friend admired this piece!

  2. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    I love the combinations and I do have a lot of leftover beads. Great idea.

  3. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    This is really pretty, and something I would wear – great job!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Serendipity indeed! I love it!
    And I do love your thoughtful instructions….especially “using the eyes of a child” and “what pleases you”. Well, said!Sometimes we “over think” our art, instead of doing what feels right. ;-)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Very pretty,,,,,I like the design, and colors you used.

  6. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love the color and texture of all the beads! Very pretty necklace!

  7. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    What a gorgeous mix of stones and crystal. I spy,with my little eye..Phantom Quartz in there?
    I agree with Mary S. re:overthinking. Everything works well in this design. What a treasure!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Beautiful colors and textures!

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    What a great idea to incorporate the orphans :D

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love your advice to ‘use the eyes of a child.’ That’s what I feel like sometimes when I get out my beads…Playtime!

  11. A me
    A me says:

    Wonderful creation

  12. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Beautiful use of all your orphan beads! Gorgeous!

  13. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Looks like a yummy collection of “bead soup”!

  14. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh Yes! Every now and again I create a “mixed up” piece with odds & ends of my favorite beads. Each bead has it’s own little story. :)

  15. Claire C
    Claire C says:

    These nice comments make me feel good. I see we share a deep fondness for beauty in the individual bead and beauty in the individual person as well. Diversity in Earth, compared with the other planets near us, has made it livable and made us possible. We’re born of the stars and may someday be part of a unique gemstone, not such a bad thing to be, you may agree. :-)

  16. Sharyn W
    Sharyn W says:

    This necklace speaks to me…..the colors are so well combined!

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