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Purple Passion

About this design:

I first saw this pattern in a magazine, Then I went to the website and realized that the center of the pendant was a Czech button. I made my necklace from that pattern but putting my own stamp on the pendant. I did use a two stitch backward bead method, but I didn't use the exact beads their pattern used. I also backed my finished pendant with a Zolo pendant. I liked how it looks but feel it makes it more wearable. What do you think?


My exact Zolo pendant is gone. But, It was similar to the Tibetan style Coin Focal that is on sale. I looked and saw many Zola Focals that could be used this way depending on the size of your pendant. I used Swarovski pearls, Czech beads, and seed beads. The little square gold Czech beads are from LB.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is a luscious necklace! I love the colors!! In order to back it with the Zola pendant, did you need to cut the shank from the back of the button? The Zola pendant would give it a stiffer backing, and if the back of the pendant was against the back of the button would make it reversible. Two for one is a good deal in my book.

  2. C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie says:

    Oh Donna – this is lovely. You did a wonderful job with this.

    I have been wanting to try bead embroidery, but have not got there yet. I am curious as to how long this took you to do.

    Beautiful necklace!

  3. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Gorgeous! Love the colors and the buttons! Fabulous job!

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    Poms Forever aka Donna says:

    Pam and Annie, the pendant has two layers of Beadsmith Bead Backing so the shank is not cut off. The bead stitching is so easy, In effect, it is taking up two beads and going down at the end of the two beads then up through the backing and back of the two beads coming up. Then, you go through the first two beads and add the next set of two beads. After, you have went all the way around the button, you take your needle and thread around through all the beads at least twice, This lines up your beads and strengthens your pendant. If you are interested in the pattern, it is on Artbeads web site. You have to look under their magazine patterns section. Good luck, Pendant could be reversible.

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    Moogie says:

    Donna, this beadwork is so beautiful ❤ It is perfect with the Czech button. Also the simple beaded strand with such gorgeous beads really works. I don’t think I have the patience for much sewing kind of beadwork but I do know a little embroidery. I think one day I will try this. But not all that brick stitch, peyote, & other “sewing”!!

  6. kye
    kye says:

    This is gorgeous! Luscious colors too. The beautiful beads in the single strand compliment the beaded pendant perfectly. Soooo pretty. :)

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    Poms Forever aka Donna says:

    Thank you for all your kind comments. This was the first piece I put together after my Dad died. I was glad to get back to work.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Oh my, this is awesome, have no idea how you did it but it is stunning :D

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    M Billau says:

    Good to see something else as the focal. I’ve been wanting to do this to a pendant I I’ve had for years. Just last week I looked on YouTube and I’m doing the same thing you did, the two stitch backward method Glued it to a Lacy’s stiff stuff (name?) I’ll have to post here when I get it done. Yours turned out beautiful.

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Donna, what an great piece. I love how you used the Czech button in this design. The AB beads also add that flash of color creating a cohesive look with the focal. My father died at the end of last year, and I still haven’t created anything. I pulled a bunch of elements to make a necklace in remembrance of him, but I can’t bring myself to start it. I think for now I need to work on a happier summer piece. It is hard to lose someone we love so much–much less try to move forward from the loss. My heart is with you.

  11. Day of the Bead
    Day of the Bead says:

    I really like this too, and like the others, I would enjoy learning the embroidery stitching. I have often seen beautiful buttons, and I have scads of vintage buttons that I’ve always wondered what to do with them. Thanks, for the great idea!

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