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Cactus Flower Necklace

About this design:

I love these super large rondelles- they have a lovely smooth texture- but It was challenging for me to figure out what to design with them. I decided on pairing them with some recycled glass & this aquamarine nugget to create a focal piece. I really love the way it turned out, and I think the colors go great together.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Recycled Glass Apricot Tumbled Rondelle
  • Pink Seed Beads
  • Tumbled Nugget (light green)
  • Beading Wire
  • 20 or 22 gauge gold wire
  • 24 gauge gold wire
  • Gold Seed Beads
  • Czech Glass trica or firepolished beads (dark green)
  • Gold Chain
  • Gold Crimp Tubes
  • Gold Lobster Clasp

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Slide a piece of wire through the pink rondelle. Twist together a few times and slide through the recycled glass piece, so that one piece of the wire is on the inside of the bead, and the other is on the outside. Twist together and bend so the ends of the wire go into the hole at the top of the recycled glass piece. Slide a new piece of wire through the other side of the recycled glass bead. Wrap the wire around twice and then slide on your gemstone nugget bead. Create a loop at the top with round nose pliers. I used 24 gauge wire for this last part, just to make sure it would fit through the hole in the gemstone. The picture is the view from the side.
Step 2:
Use the beading wire to create bead links with the pink, green, and gold beads. Attach to the chain by looping the end of the wire through a chain link & securing with a crimp tube. I made each side 11.5".

Buy Products from this Design

Gold (plated) Stainless Steel Small Cable Chain

Measurements: 1.5mm x 1.0mm link

per foot: $0.76
(Was: $0.90)
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8 meter spool: $15.88
(Was: $18.90)
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16.5" strandSave 25%
½ strand (loose)Save 25%

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2.5" tubeSave 12%

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Measurements: 1.4mm hole/15 gauge

15-16" strandSave 25%
½ strand (loose)Save 25%

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful design and I love the large focal I agree – the colors look great together.

  2. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Great color combo and I love how you used the rose qtz rondelle.

  3. SF Girl
    SF Girl says:

    Love the use of those big, fat rondelles in this design!

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