Monday, June 13, 2016

Ametrine and vintage buttons - a unique strung necklace



Who says that bead stringing has to be basic or boring?  Not so, if you think about adding layers!  I'm sorry to say that I do not have process shots to share for this tutorial, but if you've been stringing for awhile, you won't have any trouble figuring it out.

To make this necklace, I used vintage buttons with holes (not shanks), large ametrine nuggets, a charm bracelet chain, and a mixture of size 8/0 seed beads, pearls, small amethyst nuggets, glass rounds and faceted rounds, and a few size 6/0 seed beads.  You should chose the materials and colors that most interest you.  You'll also need super-flexible beading wire or doubled beading thread, a needle (if using the thread), a head pin, wire cutters, chain and round nose pliers.

1. Cut your bracelet in two so that the clasp side is about an inch or so long.  The clasp will go in the middle as shown above.  Create a loop of seed beads around one end of a piece of chain and begin to weave your necklace as follows.

2. Stitch through a button hole and pick up a size 6/0 seed bead.  Stitch back down through a second hole.  Pick up a few size 8/0 seed beads, a large nugget, and a few more size 8/0 seed beads.  Stitch up through a hole in the next button.  I suggest arranging the buttons so that they are graduated in size, keeping the largest in the center.  Pick up another size 6/0 seed bead and repeat around.

3.  Create a seed bead loop around the other piece of chain at the other end.

4. Add three more passes of stitching, but on the opposite side of each button from Step 2.  Stitching through each size 6/0 seed bead, add a strand of mixed seed beads and small accent beads, stitching from one size 6/0 to the next.  When you get to the end, turn and add another pass.  Repeat until you have at least 3 strands.  You can add more if the large seed bead holes will accommodate it.

5. Place a few small beads on the head pin and turn a wrapped loop around the end of the chain without the clasp.  Your necklace is now adjustable.

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2 comments:

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

That really is unique, Cyndi. I've never seen one like it. It's lovely and wearable too!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Eileen!

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