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Secret Garden Necklace

About this design:

I designed this necklace around this great Gaea ceramic focal piece. I paired it with Czech glass. porcelain, and bead chain. I think the combination of colors really makes the focal piece stand out!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Bead Chain
  • Brass Cable Chain
  • Beading Wire
  • Crimp Tubes
  • Czech Glass Rondelles
  • Czech Glass Gold Spacers
  • Gaea Ceramic Spring Bundle
  • Porcelain Rondelles
  • Gold Seed Beads
  • Gold Headpin
  • Gold 3mm Jump Rings
  • Gold Chain
  • Lobster Clasp

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Attach a 4" piece of the stringing wire to each side of the focal. I did this by sliding a crimp onto the wire, looping the wire through the loop on the focal and back up through the crimp, and then clamping the crimp down with pliers. *optional* I wrapped the loops on the focal with lilac waxed linen.
Step 2:
On each side, string on a Czech gold spacer, a green turquoise rondelle, and another gold spacer. Bring the two pieces of wire together and slide on a gold spacer, the blue rondelle from the Gaea set, a gold spacer, the polka dot bead, another gold spacer, a green turquoise rondelle, and another spacer. Separate the strands and slide on the beads in the order shown in the picture.
Step 3:
Attach each side to a 7" piece if brass chain & bead chain.
  Step 4:
For the additional necklace, I slid the rose bead from the Gaea bundle onto a headpin with a gold spacer above & below it. Make a loop at the top of the headpin with round nose pliers & trim off the excess. Attach it to two 2" pieces of gold chain, and attach two 4.5" pieces of the bead chain to the gold chain.

Buy Products from this Design

Gold (plated) Stainless Steel Small Cable Chain

Measurements: 1.5mm x 1.0mm link

per foot
10 meter spool
Vintaj Natural Brass Etched Oval Cable Chain

Measurements: 9.5x6.5mm links

per foot

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Elaina – You’re right about making the focal pop. Love the way you dis-assembled the Gaea pieces and added the beads. Beautiful.

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Very bright and cheerful design with great color.

  3. J Danhaus
    J Danhaus says:

    This is really elegant! The colors and the form of the necklace harmonize perfectly with the pendant. This one is definitely no my wish list.

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