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Inspired Necklace # 1

About this design:

I am trying (sometimes not very successfully) to break out of my "stringing" mode. This piece is a first attempt.


Assorted orphan and other beads in shades of green, bronze, amber, and others. Reclaimed bronze chain. Jute and knotting cord. Seed beads, bronze colored copper wire. Jump rings.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Wire up a few dozen charms using whatever suits your fancy. My technique is dumping big, medium, and small beads in 3 different containers and grab them. I wired the charms in the dark while watching t.v., so they are as random as possible. Mine are mostly small medium large small in sequence. Wire them with loops at both ends!
Step 2:
I used single strands of knotting cord and garden jute, adding seed beads and knotting at 1 inch intervals
Step 3:
Cut your chain into random lengths. Mine vary from 2 to 5 inches. Use jump rings to make 2 different strands of chain and bead units, Link the finished strands at the ends with jump rings.
Step 4:
Knot the jute and cord piece to each end of the bead/chain unit, leaving the ends about 4 inches long. Add leftover bead units and knot the cord at a convenient length for the dangles. I used clear nail polish on the knots. I also used the polish to stiffen the ends of the jute and cord, twisting the ends together. Use size 5 beads, because of the bigger holes.

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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love your technique for randomizing the beads. Actually you have randomized everything with great success. The variety of components in the design is delightful. :)

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    You’ve got some great beads in here. You always do beautiful stringing pieces. This beaded chain project is also pretty.

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    emilyanne2188 says:

    I am trying to get out of my “stringing”- which for me is using c-Lon and macrame, etc, for everything, sometimes bringing in wire. You’re a true artist, true designer. My eye is drawn immediately to your work when I browse this page. I’m 35 and a bit “trendy,” but very much myself, still. But I am a fashionista, so, I’m picky. Big compliment. Talent!

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