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Nouveau Necklace

About this design:

This Art Nouveau focal is reminiscent of the beautiful paintings and stain glass art of the period featuring mossy greens, bronzy metallics, iris blues, and lavenders.

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The products in this design are listed below.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Collect all of your chosen seed beads and begin stringing beads onto the 4-ply Irish waxed linen. I like to string from the middle of the necklace out. Use a random pattern to mix up the colors and textures of the beads.
TIP: I like to tie a knot in the waxed linen every so often while stringing the beads to keep the necklace strand from becoming too taut.
Step 2:
Once you have strung one side of the necklace, you should string the pendant, pulling beads through the back loop of the pendant. Then string beads on the other side of the necklace
  Step 3:
TIP: String your inside necklace 3" shorter that your outside necklace, this will allow that strand to nest nicely within the other strand.
Step 4:
Now that all of the stringing is complete, attach the button to one end and a loop on the the other end.

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2.5" Tube

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Measurements: 1.4mm hole/15 gauge

2.5" tube

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Measurements: 0.6mm hole/22 gauge

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Ali, this absolutely divine! The colors work so well with Zola pendant.

  2. kye
    kye says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous!

  3. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    This is wonderful! I can truly say that I was about ready to get rid of all my seed beads until I saw this. Now I think I’ll keep them and find a purposeful life for them ;) The colors of the necklace are wonderful and the perfect compliment to the focal.

  4. C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie says:

    WOW!!! This is gorgeous.

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    Moogie says:

    I really love this particular focal–it’s just really unique. And I happen to be playing with some fringe & other beads right now. This design inspires me to one of my own focals in a similar way. What is the total length of your necklace? I’m a little unsure where the focal should “land”! I try not to have it fall between the nummies (code word used for nursing!!).

  6. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks for your nice comments. I just love these colors together!
    The total length I made the necklace is approx 24″ strung. This does not include the length of the pendant.

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Isn’t that pendant just gorgeous?! The detail and patina are amazing and for less that 2 dollars! Love your mix of colors for the finished necklace, Ali.

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The seed beads are perfect colors to go with the fantastic focal. Love it! :D

  9. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Ali,this is one of your best!!! I adore the colors.

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous Ali, perfect use of seed beads :D

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    Poms Forever aka Donna says:

    Love ,too, the combination of seed beads with the gorgeous Zola pendant! There was another one I missed getting so I hope I can get this one! Always love your designs! You have taught me so much over the years! I am so happy that I can look up previous design or Tips and Techniques! I still need your help!

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    Poms Forever aka Donna says:

    Ali, love your photography of the pieces. This set of photos are so great. If you have read any of our comments on the Design blog, you know I have been focused a lot on taking better photos. I am going to try more outside. I love your nature shots. Thanks for all you do!

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    Tater says:

    Wow, do I ever LOVE this design! I love the pendant and particularly love the pairing with a combination of magatama beads (my favorites!) and regular seed beads. The “movement” is lyrical and the design is timeless! The colors are rustic and dreamy and I, like others, always appreciate seeing your amazing creations and stellar photos, to showcase various angles. I am so glad Lima beads offers many magatama colors and a nice variety of Zola elements!!

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    ClovisakaLois says:

    Love your use of a variety of pretty seedbeads! I bought this pendant awhile back, haven’t used it yet, but I see it has great potential. I plan on filling the open space, as I can’t let an open hole go unfilled!

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    L Hogan says:

    What diameter leather cord can I use instead of a beadede strand?

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