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Perth the Turtle finds a home

When my friend Maggie Towne added this adorable lampwork glass turtle to her etsy shop Bead Towne, I knew that she was going to be mine!  Then came the inevitable problem: how do you feature a special bead without overwhelming it?  I decided that a simple spiral bead rope, using the colors found in Perth the Turtle was the way to go.  Do you have other suggestions for what I could have done?

Materials and Tools

Size 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads
Nymo O beading thread
Glass pendant (Bead Towne)
4mm rounds
4 metal cones (All the brass is from Vintaj)
20 gauge Wire
Jump rings
Toggle and bar

Beading needle
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

1. Create two beaded spiral stitch strands as long as you want the sides of your necklace to be.  I used size 8/0 seed beads for the core beads and for one of the beads that create the spiral.  I used size 11/0 seed beads for the rest of the spiraling parts.  Using different sized beads like this gives you a subtle wave pattern to the strands.

2. Take one thread tail from each strand down through a few extra beads, a metal cone, a 4mm round, and several more size 8/0 beads to where you want the top of your pendant to hang.  Use smaller beads to fill the hole of the pendant so it hangs straight and to protect the threads from rubbing on the larger bead and fraying.

3. Slide on the pendant and go through another 4mm round, taking the needles back up through the pendant.  Anchor and tie the threads, burying the ends.

4. Cut 2 pieces of wire, each about 3 inches long.  Turn a small double loop at one end.

5. Stitch the free ends of the spiral strands to these loops.  Use a dab of glue on the knots and slide another cone on each wire, hiding the small loops. 

6. Add another 4mm round to the wire and turn a wrapped loop.  Add jump rings and your toggle set to finish off the necklace.

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I think the spiral rope and the colors you chose was the right choice to showcase Perth the Turtle, beautiful.
Unknown said…
this is a beautiful solution, the 2 parts really flow
Diana P. said…
Looks great! I think that was the perfect way to feature that pretty glass turtle.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks guys! I feel really fortunate to have snagged this bead before someone else got it!!
Anonymous said…
What a beautiful necklace. Blues and greens are my favorite! Add a turtle and the like factor doubles!
Maggie said…
Cyndi, Great job! Perth looks so happy on that beautiful spiral. I've pretty much given up on fb, but had to reply to a message so fortunately I saw the link.
Perfect! I wouldn't have known where to begin with such a large and special bead.

The colors really complement Perth well.
I think you can open a designer jewelry in Perth. I am loving your creations over there.