Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Leaf Pendant Necklace

Ever wondered what to do with that vertically drilled bead?  Sometimes they are just a bit to awkward to do much with.  Well what about this funky necklace?

You will need:
  • 75cm 2x3mm link chain 
  • 1.5m Silver Tigertail Beading Wire 
  • 12 Crimp Beads 
  • 1 Lobster Clasps 
  • 1 x 6mm Jump Rings 
  • 15g Sz 6 Seed Beads 
  • 10g Sz 8 Seed Beads 
  • 1 Large Hole Focal Leaf Bead 
  • 4 Small Glass Leaf Charms
What you do:
  • With Wire Cutters, cut 56cm of chain. 
  • Cut a length of Tigertail 60mm long , thread on a crimp bead then through the end of your Lobster Clasp & through the last link in the length of chain, then back through the crimp bead. 
  • Squeeze the crimp bead hard with crimping pliers or flat nose pliers to grip securely. 
  • Onto the Tigertail, thread enough Sz 6 Seed Beads to make the same length of beads as the chain.
  • At the end add a crimp bead, then go through a jump ring, back through the crimp bead (pulling taught) & a few seed beads. Squeeze the crimp and trim off the excess wire.
  • Go back to the Clasp end and add another length of wire as in Step 2. String enough Sz 8 Seed Beads to match the length of the other strands.
  • Add to the same Jump Ring as in Step 5.
  • Open the Jump ring and slide off the strands. Keep the Jump Ring safe as you will be putting it back very soon.
  • Go back to the Clasp end and loosely plait the three strands together, each time passing the outer strand over the middle one. 
  • Pull all the ends together with the Jump Ring from Step 8, and close to secure.
  • Take a 15cm length of Tigertail and onto the centre string 19 alternate Sz 8 & Sz 6 Seed Beads. Slide a crimp bead onto both strands and squeeze in place to form a loop. MAKE TWO OF THESE.
  • Using the leftover length of chain, and putting the two loops of beads together from Step 11 thread the chain through it so it falls equally on each side.
  • Thread both the looped wires and both strands of chain through the focal leaf.
  • Onto each four strands of the Tigertail wire thread a few Seed Beads followed by a Crimp Bead, and a glass leaf charm, then thread back up through the crimp and a few beads. Squeeze the crimp and trim off the excess wire.
  • To finish, simply thread onto your plaited necklace.

© S Simmons, The Bead Shed, 2008 


  1. love it ... that has given me an idea what to do with some oval beads I have ... thanks for the idea :)

  2. You are more than welcome :)


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