After several false starts, I finally came up with a beaded necklace style that suited the gorgeous Deco Scarab pendant that my friend Melanie Brooks sent me to play with. If I do another of these, I will probably make one change, and that is to look for size 6/0 seed beads for the base strands that are rounder, less cylindrical. The rounder shaped beads generally sit together in a smoother line than the cylinders, oddly enough. Still, the weight of the pendant holds the beads straighter when it is being worn than is shown in the photo above, so I'm satisfied with it for now!
Materials & Tools
Deco Scarab pendant from Earthenwood Studio
Black Nymo thread, size O
7 AB red glass rounds, 11 mm
8 AB topaz glass rounds, 7 mm
8 topaz glass rounds, 6 mm
Gold seed beads, 11/0
Matte frosted AB brown seed beads, 8/0
Silver lined rootbeer seed beads, 6/0
2 jump rings, 7 mm
6" copper wire, 20 g
4 copper bicones, 6 mm
2 textured copper rounds, 4 mm
4" copper chain and lobster claw clasp
Beading needles, size 12
Flat nose and round nose pliers
1. On a doubled Nymo thread, string enough beads to create your base strand. As you string, add drop-down beads at regular intervals in this manner: string 5 base strand beads, string larger bead plus another base strand bead, go back up through the larger bead and through the last of the 5 base strand beads added above. Your needle should exit going the same direction as before so that you can add the next 5 beads.
2. Create two wrapped loops with 3 inch pieces of wire. Tie them onto the ends of the base strand. Leave the tails long so that they can be worked into the beadwork later.
3. Start down the base strand again, this time splitting off and adding 4 beads in between each of the drop-down beads from step 1. Add 5 beads in between each set in the from 5 to 7 inches so that the piece will curve nicely when worn.
4. Slide a couple of large holed beads or a bead cap over top of the wrapped loops. Add a smaller round bead, and create wrapped loops around the chain and clasp.
5. Attach the pendant to the center bead by slipping a jump ring into the size 6/0 bead in the lower base strand. Use another jump ring to hang the pendant. Glue the knots and trim.
As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the Deco Scarab pendant free of charge from Earthenwood Studio in order to write an honest review and/or create a project free of charge for you. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Copyright 2009 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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