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Blooming Sunflower

About this design:

This leather flower could easily be replaced with another leather focal or 2 hole focal of a similar size. I love ladder necklaces, especially with a bit of fringe up the sides. The styles I was going for with the design of this necklace are: vintage, boho, earthy & a splash of Southwest.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
String 3 magatamas onto each of the 2 jump rings to be used to connect the focal to the chain.
Step 2:
Attach the jump rings connecting the focal to the chain.
Step 3:
Cut 5 10" lengths of 3-ply Irish waxed linen. Make sure to measure the distance between the holes on your focal. You will need to string your beads to this length. String 4 lengths of magatamas and 1 length of a complementary color 3mm round gemstone bead. Make sure to center your beads on the waxed linen.
Step 4:
Tie each strand onto the chain evenly on each side. I recommend tying on a couple, then hold up against a neck to see how it is laying. Then continue to tie on or make adjustments if needed. Don't trim the tails of cord yet.
Step 5:
This is how all 5 strands should lay together.
Step 6:
Randomly tie on 3-4mm beads to the tails of waxed linen to create a fringe on each side.
Step 7:
Just as in Step 1, string 5 jump rings with magatamas - 4 jump rings to embellish the ring for the clasp and 1 jump ring to attach the lobster clasp the the chain.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Ali, you definitely met your goal and then some more! I like the leather sunflower. Someday when my ship comes in, I won’t feel guilty buying it. Until then I have this beautiful necklace to look at whenever I’m tempted.

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Looks like you met all of your goals. A great necklace for summer. :)

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    Fresh Baked says:

    I really love a good fringe! This design uses it in an appealing and unusual way. Love everything about this necklace!

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

    Love the sunflower focal on this necklace and how you “dressed” it up. Very nice Ali.

  5. kye
    kye says:

    Wow! This is fantastic! Love the design and color scheme.

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