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Sand & Surf Necklace

About this design:

For this design, I paired wood beads with recycled glass, African brass, and silk chiffon ribbon to create this chunky, layered necklace. This is one of my favorite color combos, and I love how the chiffon ribbon adds a delicate quality to the larger beads.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • African Brass Beads
  • African Recycled Glass Beads
  • Beading Wire
  • Czech glass gold spacers
  • Gold crimp tubes & covers
  • Gold Chain
  • Ivory Silk Chiffon Ribbon Yarn
  • Wood Beads
  • Assorted 11/0 Seed Beads
  • Walnut wood dagger focal

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
String a 34" piece of beading wire through the wood dagger focal. Next, slide on a gold wooden bead and an African recycled glass bead onto both strands.
Step 2:
Slide the beads onto the beading wire in the order shown in the picture. To finish, make a loop at both ends of the wire & secure with a crimp tube & cover. Attach a lobster clasp to one end with a jump ring.
Step 3:
For the silk chiffon necklace, I used a piece of ivory silk chiffon ribbon yarn approx. 50" long. Slide on the recycled glass & wooden beads in the order shown in the picture- making sure to tie a double knot on each side of the beads to keep them in place. To slide the beads on easily, use a collapsible beading needle. For the gold accents, I used pliers to open up the links of the rollo chain, and then I closed them around the ribbon. To finish the necklace, I tied a double knot at the end (the necklace is long enough to fit overhead). Secure the knot with a drop of glue, and then tie a bow. Trim off any excess ribbon.

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  1. Creel U
    Creel U says:

    Eclectic mix of neat bits that work so well together. I love the large number of materials: brass, silk, wood, and glass.

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I agree, what caught my eye where all the different types of beads & textures.

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    BethAnn A says:

    I wish they still showed the other toho seed beads used in this necklace. They were out of stock, but now they’re not listed and I don’t remember what the color was. Does anybody know?

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful mix.

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