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Black Dahlia Necklace

About this design:

I normally gravitate towards designing with lighter colors, so this week I wanted to switch it up a bit and use a darker color palette. I love the combination of the dark red from the garnet & the deep purple from the lepidolite- and the pink beads and crystal drops help to soften it up a bit. And of course, I love the layered look!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Assorted gemstones, Czech glass, & seed beads (see below for the ones I used)
  • Gold Chain
  • Gold 24 Gauge Wire
  • Beading Wire
  • Gold Headpins
  • Gold Jump Rings
  • Gold Crimp Tubes
  • Gold Lobster Clasp

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Make 7 bead charms with the yellow topaz nuggets (using headpins) & 5 bead charms with the Czech glass gold rose petals (using eye pins).
Step 2:
Attach the topaz nugget charms to a 4" piece of chain. In between each charm, I attached a jump ring with a pink seed bead on it to the chain.
Step 3:
Cut a 14" piece of beading wire. Slide on 10 lepidolite beads. Slide a gold Czech glass spacer and a blue pearl rondelle onto each side of the lepidolite. Slide the ends of the chain onto the beading wire.
Step 4:
Slide the rest of the beads onto the wire in the order shown in the picture. Make a loop at each end of the wire and secure with a crimp tube. Use a jump ring to attach each end to a 5.5" piece of chain.
Step 5:
The second layer is a series of bead links attached directly to one another. Make the links as shown in the picture.
Step 6:
Use a jump ring to attach about 1/4" up the chain.
Step 7:
The next layer will end up being 9" long, but use a piece of beading wire that's about 11". Slide on 17 4mm garnet faceted rondelles & a gold rose petal charm. Slide on 8 more garnet beads & another charm. Repeat until you've slid on 5 charms, ending with 17 more garnet beads. Make loops at each end and secure with a crimp tube.
Step 8:
The next layer will end up being 8.5" long. Slide on seven 3mm garnet faceted rondelles, a 3mm gold crystal, and 12 more garnet rondelles. Repeat until you have 7 gold crystals, ending with 7 garnet rondelles. Make loops at each end and secure with a crimp tube.
Step 9:
Slide each end of the garnet strands onto a jump ring & attach about an inch up the chain.
Step 10:
Finish by attaching a lobster clasp, jump ring, and tassel to the ends of the chain.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. BevB
    BevB says:

    Beautiful necklace!

  2. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Lovely combinations of color and texture!

  3. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Lovely layers of dark, rich colors enhanced by the brilliance of gold. The drops, both the gold petals & topaz nuggets, add movement & interest. This would be a fun necklace to make.

  4. J Danhaus
    J Danhaus says:

    Wow, this is perfect in every way!

  5. Elaina W
    Elaina W says:

    Thanks everyone!

  6. swerdybird
    swerdybird says:

    wow! Stunning.

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