Flowers for Frida Instructions Designed by Teri McCamish
Frida Kahlo was an artist known for her use of bright colors and was often depicted wearing beautiful flowers in her hair. This necklace embodies the spirit of Frida, thanks to the pendant depicting a famous self-portrait of the artist and the colorful acrylic flowers that decorate the chain. Our Flowers for Frida necklace honors one of Mexico's most iconic painters in a way that stays true to her style and that will enhance yours!
Step one: Cut a length of 20 gauge black Artistic Wire approximately 6 inches. Create a wrapped loop on one end and string on the 30x40mm Me and My Parrots by Frida Kahlo on black onyx rectangle bead. For help creating wrapped loops, please see our Handy Tip. Create another wrapped loop on the other end of the bead.
Step two: String an acrylic matte black lily of the valley bead to a TierraCast 2-inch 20 gauge black finish pewter head pin, followed by an acrylic matte purple fluted bell bead, an acrylic matte midnight blue 5 petal flower bead and an acrylic matte olive leaf charm. Attach this dangle to the bottom of the Frida pendant you created in step one by making a wrapped loop.
Step three: String a Swarovski 3mm faceted round in Fuchsia onto a head pin, followed by an acrylic matte violet ruffled lily bead, an acrylic matte purple fluted bell bead, an acrylic matte green 5 petal flower bead and an acrylic olive wavy flower petal pendant. Attach it to the bottom of the Frida pendant by creating a wrapped loop.
Step four: String a Swarovski 3mm faceted round in Olivine onto a head pin, followed by an acryclic matte black lily of the valley bead, an acrylic matte pale blue small bell bead, an acrylic matte purple fluted bell bead and an acrylic matte green 5 petal flower bead. Attach it to the bottom of the Frida pendant by creating a wrapped loop. Add an acrylic matte brown leaf pendant to the bottom of the Frida pendant with a TierraCast medium oval black finish pewter open jump ring. See our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video for help with opening and closing jump rings.
Step five: Attach your Frida pendant to the ends of the 5.5mm gunmetal-plated large snake chain with two TierraCast medium oval black finish pewter open jump rings.
Step six: Now you can add dangles to your chain in a random pattern. Create dangles with head pins and various acrylic flower beads and pendants. Attach them to the chain by creating wrapped loops. Attach acrylic olive wavy flower petal pendants, acrylic matte teal wavy leaf pendants, acrylic matte teal wavy leaf charms, acrylic matte brown leaf pendants and acrylic matte olive leaf charms directly to the chain using jump rings. Once you have as many dangles on your chain as you desire, your necklace is complete.
Approximate Size: 36 Inches With 4 Inch Drop Estimated Time:Two Hours Difficulty Level:Beginner
Tools & Supplies: German Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-504, qty ) Ergonomic Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-127, qty ) Ergonomic Side Cutter - Semi Flush (TOOL-128, qty ) 20 Gauge Black Artistic Wire, 6 Yard Spool (AWR20BLK6, qty )
List of Components: Acrylic Matte Black Lily of the Valley Bead (BEAD-2558, qty 7) Acrylic Matte Violet Ruffled Lily Bead (BEAD-2560, qty 4) Acrylic Matte Wine Wavy Leaf Pendant (PEND-0623, qty 1) Acrylic Matte Purple Fluted Bell Bead (BEAD-2556, qty 9) Acrylic Matte Midnight Blue Star Flower Bead (BEAD-2555, qty 4) Acrylic Matte Midnight Blue 5 Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-2561, qty 6) Acrylic Matte Brown Large 5 Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-2554, qty 6) Acrylic Matte Brown Trumpet Bell Bead (BEAD-2557, qty 3) Acrylic Matte Green 5 Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-2559, qty 12) Acrylic Olive Wavy Flower Petal Pendant (PEND-0157, qty 10) Acrylic Matte Teal Wavy Leaf Pendant (PEND-0624, qty 3) Acrylic Matte Teal Wavy Leaf Charm (CHARM-1099, qty 3) Acrylic Matte Brown Leaf Pendant (PEND-0619, qty 3) Acrylic Matte Purple 5 Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-2550, qty 1) Acrylic Matte Olive Leaf Charm (CHARM-1095, qty 5) Acrylic Matte Green Wavy Leaf Charm (CHARM-1097, qty 2) Acrylic Matte Pale Blue Small Bell Bead (BEAD-2549, qty 3) Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Fuchsia (5000-FU3, qty 5) Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Amethyst (5000-AMY3, qty 2) Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Olivine (5000-OL3, qty 5) Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Roundd Smoked Topaz (5000-TOSMK3, qty 2) Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Indicolite (5000-IND3, qty 1) Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Jet (5000-JET3, qty 6) 5.5mm Gunmetal-Plated Large Snake Chain (BTF-0159, qty 3) 30x40mm Me and my Parrots by Frida Kahlo on Black Onyx Bead (BEAD-0815, qty 1) TierraCast 2-Inch 20 Gauge Black Finish Pewter Head Pin (BKO-0028, qty 20) TierraCast Medium Oval Black Finish Pewter Open Jump Ring (BKO-0018, qty 10)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Acrylic Matte Royal Blue Lily of the Valley Bead (BEAD-2546, qty ) Acrylic Matte Aquamarine Ruffled Bell Bead (BEAD-2541, qty ) Pearl Yellow Green Small 5 Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-2542, qty ) Acrylic Matte Pale Blue Small Bell Bead (BEAD-2549, qty ) Acrylic Large Green Trumpet Bellflower Bead (BEAD-0352, qty ) Acrylic Matte Orange 5 Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-2552, qty ) Acrylic Matte Olive Small Five Petal Flower Bead (BEAD-0764, qty ) 7mm Gunmetal-Plated Brass Rolo Chain (BTF-0317, qty )