Softly Spring Necklace

Designed by  Molly Schaller

This necklace is part of the April 2019
Pretty Palette design challenge!

Click to get inspired with a soft pastel palette of Bead Gallery® beads
from the Halcraft Collection and learn how you can play along! 

Designed by Molly Schaller

Featuring Bead Gallery® beads
Available exclusively at www.halcraftcollection.com

Materials:
2 30mm white howlite donuts
42 2x7mm silver dyed matte bone rondelles
9 10x16mm aqua dyed dolomite faceted rectangles
30 8mm glass simulated amazonite rounds
6 6mm matte multi-stone rounds
2 9x7mm antique silver plated large hole abstract beads
3 11mm antique silver plated loop beads
48” 3mm light pink suede leather cording
1 white natural silk cording with needle attached

Tools:
Scissors
Bead Stringing Glue (G-S Hypo Cement)

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Time: 1-2 hours

Instructions:

1. Cut the suede cording into two 24” pieces.
2. String one large hole abstract tube bead onto the suede lace, then pass one end of the cord through the center of a donut and back through the tube bringing the ends of the cord together. Repeat with second piece of suede and second donut.
3. String 3 loop beads onto one pair of cords. Pass the second set of cords through the same 3 beads but in the opposite direction.
4. Make overhand knots on with the suede cord on each end to hold the loop beads in place and also make the necklace adjustable.
5. Remove the entire length of silk cord from its card, stretching it to remove any kinks and so that it will not stretch after stringing.
6. Place a knot at the end of the silk cord if there isn’t one already and onto the needle string 1 bone rondelle, 1 dolomite faceted rectangle, 1 bone rondelle, and 1 6mm matte stone round.
7. Pass the needle through the donut bead and back through the beads you just strung, using the tail of the silk to make a surgeon’s knot to secure strand to the donut. Place a drop of glue on the knot and let it dry overnight to cure.
8. Onto the emerging silk string 1 8mm simulated amazonite round and 1 bone rondelle. Repeat 3 more times. String 1 dolomite faceted rectangle.
9. String 1 8mm simulated amazonite round and 1 bone rondelle. Repeat 3 more times. String 1 bone rondelle, 1 dolomite faceted rectangle, 1 bone rondelle, and 1 6mm matte stone round.
10. Pass the silk through the second donut and back through the first 4 beads. Make a surgeon’s knot, place a drop of glue on the knot and cut the silk about an inch from the knot.
11. Use the silk to create the middle strand by repeating steps 6-10 but adding one more simulated amazonite round and 1 bone rondelle on either side of the strand to create a slightly longer strand.
12. Use the silk to create the outermost strand by repeating steps 6-10 but adding two more simulated amazonite rounds and 2 more bone rondelles on either side of the strand to create a slightly longer strand.
13. Trim silk cording closer to knots the next day after glue has cured.
14. Enjoy! 


Molly Schaller is a beaded jewelry designer and craft industry consultant who loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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