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I love making jewelry mainly because with a small amount of time you can create an eye-catching accessory for any outfit or occasion. There are so many beautiful beads and jewelry supplies available now that the creative possibilities are endless! I will be offering many free jewelry patterns in the upcoming months. (Make sure you sign-up for our free newsletter on the right so you don’t miss out.)
But today we’ll be making the Tiramisu Pearls Necklace. Pearls are an example of simple beauty: classic and elegant.
When was the last time you wore pearls?
Did you know that real pearls get prettier the more you wear them? Your natural body oils on your skin add to their luster and shine.
Maybe you haven’t worn your pearls because you don’t want them to get lost or ruined.
Well, this necklace is perfect for you!
This project is made with glass beads and metallic embroidery thread – but has the look of real pearls and antique silver.
Three beaded chains are created and then joined together with basic jewelry techniques.
Skill Level: Beginner
Measurements: 17 ½” long (completed necklace)
Supplies (click on each item to see purchasing info):
2—Beading needle (These are actually not beading needles but they work great and are even more affordable!) Check them out –DenTek Floss Threaders, 50 Count
Preparation of Supplies:
Wind thread around cardboard card – I know this might seem like a tedious step but trust me! Take the few extra minutes to unwrap your embroidery thread, open up the loop it is in, slip it over 2 glasses and wind onto a card. You can buy special cards made for this or just use whatever you have on hand. (See what I used in the photo above? The cardboard backing to a pretty pendant I bought at Hobby Lobby. )
Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial of how to add beads to your thread and create bead chains – our “Special Stitch” for this project. (I photographed this process using a very thick yarn and some giant duct tape beads so it would be easier to see.)
With beading needle string all 55 beads onto the thread – the pattern has you threading on a few extra than you’ll need – just in case.
Our Special Stitch:
Bch = Bead chain = with slip knot on hook slide bead up next to hook on working yarn, YO and pull yarn through loop on hook
- Once all of the beads have been added to the thread, make a slip knot and slide it onto the hook
- Now slide the first bead up next to the hook
- Next YO (yarn over – wrap yarn around hook from back to front) – what you would normally do when making a chain
- Pull the yarn through the loop on your hook to complete the chain – you will see the bead embedded within the chain stitch – Tada! You did it!
Continue steps #2 through 4 for each bead you would like to add – remember, each strand also adds several plain chain stitches in between each bead chain (In the photo above there is one plain chain stitch in between each bead chain stitch)
(Bch (see Special Stitches above), ch 3) 22 times;
Ch 12. Fasten off.
(Bch, ch 4) 20 times;
Ch 16. Fasten off.
(Ch 10, Bch) 11 times;
Ch 7; Fasten off.
Lay strands on flat surface and line up so ends meet
Tie yarn tails into an overhand knot and tighten
Loosely braid 3 strands and tie other ends together – tighten knot
(Optional: Add a drop of white glue to each knot)
Cut yarn tails off and attach a ribbon clamp to each end making sure to fully enclose each knot
Attach a jump ring and clasp to one end and just a jump ring to the other end
Here is a photo of a different kind of clasp. You can see that there is a ribbon clamp on each side of the necklace followed by a jump ring with the clasp in the middle.
And that’s it for this project! Doesn’t it work up quickly? I think these would make great Christmas gifts especially if you are running out of time.
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