Dragonfly Daydream Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Step into woodland whimsy with this Dragonfly Daydream necklace. With its fresh, modern colors and enchanting beaded accents, this necklace will become the focus of any stylish look.
Step one: Glue the porcelain round dragonfly cabochon onto a sheet of Lacy's Stiff Stuff and allow to dry. Create a row of seed beads around the cabochon using the two-seed-bead backstitch around the cabochon with the TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in frosted trans-rainbow moss green AB. For help creating the two-seed-bead backstitch, see our Handy Tip. Create a second row using the two-seed-bead backstitch with Swarovski 4mm faceted rounds in Chrysolite Opal and then make a third row using more of the trans-rainbow moss green AB TOHOs.
Step two: Trim the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and then glue a piece of felt to the back. Create a beaded edge with the brick stitch technique using more trans-rainbow moss green AB TOHOs. See our Handy Tip to learn more about this technique. Finish the trim with a picot edge. For each stitch in the picot edge you will use one trans-rainbow moss green AB TOHO, a TOHO 11/0 bead round in frosted silver-lined light gold and another trans-rainbow moss green AB TOHO. For more help creating the picot edge, see our Handy Tip.
Step three: Rub some gilders paste in patina onto the Kabela Design antique brass vined heart link. For more help with gilders paste, please see our Handy Tip. After 15 minutes, smooth it with a soft cloth and seal it with the Nunn Design sealant. Allow to dry. Center the link at the top of your focal and sew it onto the back. Use 5-minute two-part epoxy to glue it in place for an extra secure hold and let dry overnight.
Step four: Thread a 4mm Chrysolite Opal faceted round onto a 2-inch satin Hamilton gold-plated 20 gauge eye pin, followed by a trans-rainbow moss green AB TOHO, a Swarovski 6mm XILION bicone in Pacific Opal, another trans-rainbow moss green AB TOHO and another 4mm Chrysolite Opal faceted round. Finish the other end of the eye pin with a simple loop. Repeat this step five times and set these beaded links aside.
Step five: Cut a length of the satin Hamilton gold-plated big, medium, and small oval link chain approximately 1 1/2 inches long or nine links. Attach it to the link at the top of your focal using a 6mm satin Hamilton gold-plated 18 gauge open jump ring. On the other end of the chain, attach a beaded link using another jump ring. At the end of the beaded link add a jump ring and then attach another beaded link. At the end of this beaded link, add a jump ring and attach a third beaded link. Cut a length of chain approximately 4 1/2 inches long or 23 links. Attach it to the end of the beaded link using a jump ring. Add one half of the TierraCast 3/4-inch antique gold-plated pewter Anna's toggle and clasp to the end of the chain using a jump ring. Repeat step five for the other side of the necklace.
Tools & Supplies: Nymo D Bobbin Turquoise (NYD-TQ) The BeadSmith 12 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-11) German Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-500) German Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-502) German Side Cutter (TOOL-503)
List of Components: Porcelain Round Dragonfly Cabochon (CAB-0127, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Trans-Rainbow Moss Green AB (TBRD8-180F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Light Gold (TBRD11-22F, qty 1) Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Chrysolite Opal (5000-CHO4, qty 48) Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Pacific Opal (5328-PACOP6, qty 6) Kabela Design Antique Brass Vined Heart Link (BBA-LX11, qty 1) Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Big, Medium, and Small Oval Link Chain (BTF-0067, qty 1) 2-inch Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated 20 Gauge Eye Pin (FIND-0450, qty 6) 6mm Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge (FIND-0471, qty 12) TierraCast 3/4-Inch Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Anna's Toggle and Clasp 26x31.5mm (GA-6160, qty 1) Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Inch Single Sheet (LSS-001, qty 1) Gilders Paste Baroque-Art 30ml/1.5oz - Patina (SUP-0001, qty 1) Nunn Design Sealant 2oz (SEALANT01, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Trans-Rainbow Forest Green AB (TBRD8-179F) TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Medium Gold (TBRD11-22BF) Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Chrysolite (5000-CHRLT4) Swarovski 5301 6mm Faceted Bicone Mint Alabaster (5301-MAL6) Kabela Design Antique Brass Small Victorian Link (BBA-LX09)