Tools and Materials
•Beads or pearls
•Size 15 knitting needle
•Size 9 double-pointed knitting needle
•Metal cone end caps
•Lobster claw clasp
•All-purpose permanent adhesive
Mesh Ombre Necklace How-To
1. To create ombre effect, select four strands of different color 5- to 6-millimeter beads. Length of strands will depend upon desired length of final necklace.
2. With scissors, cut filament in each strand. Separate lightest color beads into four equal portions and separate each remaining color into eight equal portions. The lightest color will be at the center of the necklace, with the beads getting darker toward both ends.
3. Begin stringing beads on 0.01-inch gauge monofilament using the following formula for each strand ("A" represents the lightest color and "D" the darkest, with fractions referring to amounts of beads separated above):
1/8 A - 1/8 B - 1/8 C - 1/4 D - 1/8 C - 1/8 B - 1/8 A
4. Make a total of four strands. Be sure to leave about six inches of extra monofilament at each end of each strand.
5. To secure beads firmly on strand, feed end of monofilament around and back through each end bead. Repeat for first and last bead of all four strands.
6. Unroll a yard of 6-millimeter WireLace, and using a size 15 (10-millimeter) knitting needle, expand each end of the WireLace into a tubular shape.
7. Line up the four strands of beads and using electrical tape, tightly tape one end of each of all four strands to one end of size 9 (5 1/2-millimeter) double-pointed knitting needle. To prevent snagging on WireLace, make sure tape completely covers all ends of monofilament.
8. Insert knitting needle into one tubular end of WireLace and feed all four strands of beads through.
9. Remove tape, detaching strands from knitting needle, and then center strands in the WireLace. Tie knots in WireLace and monofilament at both ends of necklace where beads end.
10. Determine desired length of necklace and fold ends of WireLace into small loops. Using a small hook of fine-gauge wire, pull each WireLace loop through a metal cone end cap. With jewelry pliers, attach jump rings to each loop and attach lobster claw clasp to one jump ring.
11. Trim any extra WireLace and monofilament hanging out of end caps and squeeze a drop of all-purpose adhesive into each end cap to secure loops.
Beacon Quick Grip permanent adhesive available from most crafts supply stores. WireLace available from wirelace.com. Freshwater pearls, crystal beads, findings, and general beading supplies and tools available from Fire Mountain Gems.
This rich, warm-toned bracelet is sure to heat up your wardrobe this winter. With a simple technique and random pattern, this bracelet is fast and easy to create.
Create 35-40 wrapped-loop dangles by stringing random beads on a head pin and creating a wrapped loop.
Cut a 10-inch piece of elastic cord.
String a dangle in between 4mm rounds, alternating the round beads by color. Repeat to make desired-length bracelet.
Test bracelet by tying a half knot and slipping bracelet on. When you reach desired length, tie elastic with a double surgeon's knot. Let elastic relax for a minute or so, and then tighten again. Trim ends.
How to Tie a Surgeon's Knot
Make an overhand knot by passing the right cord over the left. Repeat overhand knot, this time passing the left end over the right twice. Pull to tighten.
Fallen Twig Vintage Bracelet
A few weeks ago I see this in the website Design Seeds. I have to admit, this combination partially unique. The chocolate finish of Vintage Brass is so beautiful with Bronze and Silver Pearls, Sherry Melons, African Copper Beads and Matte Terra Pony Beads. The clasp is definitely eye-catching and so easy to assemble. Perfect for the fall season.
The finished length of the bracelet measures approximately 7.5 inches.
1 Pkg. Metallic Matte Terra Copper Pony Beads
1 Pkg. Root Beer Luster Melons
1 Pkg. African Roundish Copper Beads
1 Pkg. Bronze Glass Round Pearls, 6mm
1 Pkg. Silver Glass Round Pearls, 10mm
1 Spool Vintage Bronze Wire, 24 gauge
1 Pkg. Vintage Brass Jump Rings, 6mm
1 Pkg. Vintage Brass 2 inch Thin Eye Pins
1 Vintage Brass Bamboo Textured Round Charm
1 Vintage Twig Bar
1 Foot Vintage Brass Small Oval Cable Chain
1 Foot Vintage Brass Medium Oval Cable Chain
Tools you will need:
Flat Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Step 1. Separate each style of Chain into 3 individual pieces measuring approximately 3 ¼ inches each. You do not need to cut this Chain as each link is easily twisted open with pliers. You should have 6 total strands of Chain.
Step 2. Twist open a Jump Ring and slide each end link of Chain onto it. Repeat on the other end.
Step 3. Onto an Eye Pin, thread on Bronze Pearl, one Pony, one Melon, one Pony and one Bronze Pearl. Form a simple loop above the Pearl by bending the wire 90 degrees with Flat Nose Pliers. Trim the excess with Side Cutters to leave 3/8 inch behind, then curl this into a tight loop with Round Nose Pliers. Repeat this sequence again with one more Eye Pin.
Step 4. Onto an Eye Pin, thread one Silver Pearl, one Copper Round, one Pony, one Silver Pearl, one Copper Round and one Pony. Form a simple loop above the Pony and repeat this sequence again with one more Eye Pin.
Step 5. Lay out the beaded Eye Pins and attach them by their loops creating two rows. I used opposites for each row. Twist open a Jump Ring and slide it through both loops on one end of the Eye Pins, twist the Jump Ring closed. Twist open and attach two more Jump Rings to this same side.
Step 6. Cut a piece of wire measuring approximately 4 inches. Fold it in half and pull it centered on the last Jump Ring from above. Take the Twig Bar and start wrapping the wire around tightly to create part of the unique toggle clasp.
Step 7. Twist open a Jump Ring and slide it through the loops on the beaded Eye Pins. Before twisting closed, slide it through all 6 end links of Chain.
Step 8. Twist open a Jump Ring and slide it through the hole in the Bamboo Charm and through the center Jump Ring that connects the Chain and beaded Eye Pins. Twist the Jump Ring closed.
Step 9. Take an Eye Pin and thread 16 Pony Beads onto it. Form a simple loop on the end above the last Pony Bead. Bend the Eye Pin gently around to form a circular shape. Twist open a Jump Ring and slide it through all 6 end links of Chain. Before twisting closed, slide each loop from the beaded Eye Pin onto it. This will create the other portion of the clasp. Enjoy!