Cyber Week Savings: Use code CYBEADER to save on your entire order + Choose a Free Gift
The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!


Perfect Day Necklace Set

About this design:

Versatility, warmth, happy colors, mix & match, sky blues, storm clouds, wood, African brass & recycled glass ... these were all part of the word cloud in my head when I began designing this set. I originally meant to just make a necklace with rainbow colors and brass. I like this finished product much better as it allows me to wear 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 necklaces at once in any combination because they all "tie" together. I love how the metallic gold wood and the natural striped wood beads warm this design right up. The African brass is always a favorite of mine and gives these necklaces substance. I chose to string the longer necklace on 2mm leather cord because I needed the strength and I wanted to be able to use my adjustable sliding knot closure. This way I have the option to slightly adjust the length of my necklace depending on how and what I am wearing it with. The 2 main wood bead necklaces are strung on my favorite peacock Chinese knotting cord and finished with a simple hook & eye clasp. I made the brass bead and peacock knotting cord necklace as an infinity loop because it doesn't matter what side of it is in the front.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 75 natural striped wood 10mm round beads
  • 15 metallic gold wood 10mm round beads
  • 10 storm wood 10mm round beads
  • 4 each of wood round 10mm in barn red, poppy, pink grapefruit, marigold, Kelly green, turquoise, navy, Alice blue, aqua, and lavender
  • 5 storm wood 14mm round beads
  • 2 metallic gold wood 14mm round beads
  • 2 metallic gold wood 20mm round beads
  • 52 African brass rice beads 8-9x5-6mm
  • 2 African brass cage horn beads
  • 12 African brass basket rounds
  • 3 African recycled glass large cobalt tumbled rondelles
  • 2 hook & eye clasps
  • peacock Chinese .8mm knotting cord
  • 2mm leather cord

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Decide on the length of each your 4 layers. I strung my 4 necklaces to 29-32" (adjustable on leather), 24.5" (infinity necklace), 22" (rainbow wood beads), and 19.5" (metallic gold & natural striped wood beads).
Step 2:
29-32" necklace - Use 2mm leather cord to string your beads on, then finish with an adjustable knot.
Step 3:
24.5" infinity necklace - I cut my cord to 3.5x the length that I want my finished piece to be. This is because of all the knotting. String on your brass rice beads in any number combination, then make a series of knots in between sets. This creates a nice texture and the illusion of a thicker cord. When you have your necklace strung to your desired length, make sure it will fit over your head, then tie off your necklace at a bead so you can tuck your ends into the holes. Secure your last knot with a dab of adhesive.
Step 4:
22" and 19.5" wood necklaces - I decided on my pattern for each of these and then finished the ends with 5 overhand knots followed by the hook and eye. Make sure to secure your final knot with a dab of adhesive.

Buy Products from this Design


More Photos & Ideas »

Measurements: 0.8mm hole, 4.2mm inner dimension eye

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Oh wow, I love your necklace.

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Gorgeous!! Your puppy did let you finish! <3

  3. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I think the use of African beads with the wood is so insightful as they play so well off one another. Great inspiration! :)

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.