Forest Frost Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
The bead embroidered focal of this necklace tells the story of a winter wonderland. CzechMates triangle beads and Swarovski Lochrose crystal sequins create a forested look around an edelweiss flatback, which looks like an icy pond. Wintery green and cranberry red seed beads from an Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend create the perfect color palette for this frosty display. Learn how to make this necklace and add Forest Frost to your style.
Step one: Glue the Swarovski 14mm edelweiss flatback in Crystal AB onto a piece of The BeadSmith 4.25x5.5-inch white bead backing. Allow to dry. Frame the flatback with Miyuki 15/0 round seed beads in silver-lined gold using the two-seed-bead backstitch.
Step two: Position a CzechMates glass 6mm metallic light green suede two-hole triangle bead between two points of the edelweiss flower, just above the gold Miyuki seed beads. Bring your needle through the first stringing hole of the triangle. Add a gold seed bead to the thread, then bring your needle back down through the stringing hole and through the bead backing. Come up through the next stringing hole in the triangle, add a gold bead and then go back down through the stringing hole and the bead backing. Repeat this step so that there is a triangle between all of the petals (a total of six triangle beads).
Step three: Bring your needle up through the bead backing between two of the triangles, just above a point of a petal on the edelweiss flower. Add a Swarovski 4mm XIRIUS Lochrose crystal sequin in Crystal Iridescent Green to the thread, followed by a red seed bead from the Artbeads Cranberry Bog Designer Blend. Bring your needle back down through the sequin and bead backing. Repeat this step at each point of the flower, for a total of six sequins.
Step four: Frame the top of each triangle bead with pale green seed beads from the Designer Seed Bead Blend using the two-seed-bead backstitch. Frame the top of each crystal sequin with the greenish-yellow seed beads from the blend using the two-seed-bead backstitch.
Step five: Trim your bead backing. Cut a piece of Lillypilly Designs 4x8.5-inch plain sand Ultrasuede to the same size, and attach it to the bead backing. You can achieve this by finishing the edges of your embroidered piece with pale green seed beads from the Designer Blend using the brick stitch technique. Glue it to the top of the Kabela Design antique silver-plated brass Andrea embellishment using 5-minute two-part epoxy and allow to dry.
Step six: Create a tubular herringbone stitch rope approximately two inches long using the Cranberry Bog Designer Blend. Bring the JBB antique sterling silver flower and leaves pinch bail over the middle, and then attach your bead embroidered focal to the pinch bail by squeezing it shut around one of the cut-outs on the Kabela embellishment. Use chain nose pliers to pinch the bail shut tight around the embellishment. The two prongs of the bail should be crossing each other.
Step seven: Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately six inches long. Thread the tubular herringbone rope onto the wire. Add a sterling silver heart cut out end cap to each end so that they come over the ends of the seed bead rope. Then, add a Swarovski 6mm XILION bicone in Crystal Paradise Shine and a red seed bead from the Designer Blend to each end of the wire.
Step eight: Cut a length of the antique silver-plated textured oval link chain approximately 8 1/2 inches long. Add a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube to your jewelry wire and bring the end of the through the link on the end of the chain and back through your crimp tube. Pull the wire through so that it forms a tight loop around the chain. Crimp the crimp tube in place. Repeat this step for the other end of the jewelry wire. Attach half of the antique silver-plated brass sun design magnetic clasp to each end of the necklace using a 5mm 18 gauge antique silver-plated open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video.