Wanderlust Necklace
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Wanderlust Necklace

Whether you're dipping your toes into beadwork or getting serious about peyote stitch, you'll love these trendy jewelry designs by Katie Hacker for Beadalon®. Inspired by international travel and a goes-with-anything color palette, these are handmade creations you can wear everyday.
Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Beadalon® WildFire™ Frost Beading Thread, .006" Diameter
  • Beadalon® Eye Pins – Silver (22)
  • Beadalon® Extension Chain – Silver
  • Bead Gallery® Ceramic Rounds, 14mm – Amethyst (14)
  • Bead Gallery® Semiprecious Rounds, 14mm – Bronzite (8)
  • Bead Gallery® Metal Spacers, 6mm – Hematite (6)
  • Cylindrical Seed Beads – Mixed Brown, Purple and Silver
  • Beadalon® Round Nose Pliers
  • Beadalon® Chain Nose Pliers
  • Beadalon® Wire Cutters
  • Beadalon® Beading Needle, #10
  • Bead Stringing Glue
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 See instructions below to make three netted beads.

Step 2 Pass an eye pin through a hematite spacer, netted bead, hematite spacer and make a basic loop; repeat for each netted bead.

Step 3 Pass an eye pin through each of the remaining 14mm beads and make a basic loop on each.

Step 4 Link these beads together for the center of the necklace: netted, ceramic, netted, ceramic, netted.

Step 5 Connect half of the beads in an alternating pattern on each side of the necklace.

Step 6 Attach a clasp to one end and an extension chain to the other end.

Necklace (16"-18")

Making Netted Beads
Step 1 Cut an 18" length of WildFire™ and thread it onto a needle. Pass the needle through 10 seeds and tie a knot to make a beaded circle, leaving a 1" tail.

Step 2 Hold the beaded circle over one end of a 14mm ceramic bead and pass the needle through enough seeds to reach the other end (the sample uses 13).

Step 3 Holding the beaded thread in your fingers to mark your place, pass through 10 seeds. Pass the needle through the first seed to make a circle.

Step 4 Make another pass across the surface of the bead, adding 13 seeds. Continue "netting" the bead by skipping a bead on each end of the circle and adding passes across the surface of the bead.

Tips

You can use the seed bead embellishment technique to "net" different kinds of beads for a handmade look. Just make sure the holes in the beads are large enough for several passes of beading thread. Ceramic, wooden and lamp-worked beads typically have larger holes.