Monday, June 07, 2010

Summer flowers


Summer is coming, even in New England!  It seems like it just takes forever to get here, but once the warm weather rolls in, the gorgeous summer flowers begin to pop out on a daily basis. 



I made this necklace to showcase some beautiful glass beads that Artbeads.com sent me.  They turned out to be even more lovely in person than online - the detail on these small beads is amazing.  Someone with a much more steady hand than I created these!


Materials & Tools

Purple Flowers with Purple and Hot Pink Center Mix Pillow Beads
SoftFlex beading wire
Size 6/0 seed beads
2mm gunmetal rounds
Silver daisy spacers
6mm lavendar amethyst rounds
4mm lavendar amethyst rounds
8mm purple/gold facetted firepolished rounds
2mm crimp tubes
Crimp covers
Silver heart toggle

Flat nose pliers
Wire cutter
Measuring tape

1. Center your lampwork beads on a piece of beading wire.  I used 24" since I wanted the necklace to end up being around 20".  I used small gunmetal rounds and large seed beads to separate them.


2. String the two strands, ending with a tube crimp and one more bead.  I chose to alternate groups of 6mm amethyst beads with crystals.  To give the strands a bit more interest, I broke up the groups of stone beads with some silver daisy spacers and seed beads.  At the end of the strands, I switched to 4mm amethyst beads.


3. Add a toggle clasp and bar to the end of the strands.  Take your wire back down through the last bead and the crimp and pull snug.  Flatten the crimp tube and clip the wire close.  Add a crimp cover over each tube. 




4. The finished necklace.  Very classic and elegant.  Perfect for my mother...shhh...don't tell her! 



As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received lampwork glass beads free of charge from Artbeads.com in order to create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.



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11 comments:

Eileen Bergen said...

Those glass beads are gorgeous! Even one as a focal bead or pendant would make a wonderful necklace. Then earrings to match ...

Thank you for the inspiration.

Cyndi L said...

My pleasure! I love these beads :-)

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Wow!!!!!! It's beautiful!!!!

Cyndi L said...

I hope Mom thinks so ;-)

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Eileen Bergen said...

How could she NOT love it? Please let us know her reaction ...

Cherie said...

Wow, I love how detailed those beads are. So beautiful. Eileen's right, even one as a focal point would work. But they also look great on a string. Lots of ways to use them. Mom is a lucky lady!

Heather said...

Cyndi, Lovely necklace in my favorite colors- wish I was your Mom- she is very fortunate to have a daughter like you!!

Noreen Crone-Findlay said...

Wow... those beads are glorious! Your mom is very lucky indeed!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you Heather! I'll see Mom really soon...I hope she likes it :-)

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Noreen :-)

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