I was picturing the ruffles in an Elizabethan collar as I devised this necklace. Then that idea segued into a vision of twisted vines and flowers, thusly Shakespeare's Garden was born. I took three colors of Czech glass beads and created beaded circles interrupted by stamped resin pendants every few inches along the collar. This looks stunning draped around a neck. Try changing up the colors, the sizes of the circles, the size of the beads and the styles and colors of beads. Try using one focal pendant with ruffles on each side or a simple collar of just beaded ruffles. Integrate the ruffles into another design with other stitches. This is one of those techniques you can use in a wide variety of ways, so have some fun with it!
artichoke wedge resin pendants
denim wedge resin pendants
fuchsia wedge resin pendants
4mm fire polished crystal pink lined Czech glass rounds
4mm fire polished baby blue coral Czech glass rounds
4mm fire polished lima bean green Czech glass rounds
Small Hammered Round Toggle Clasp
Silver Plated Pewter Tiny Crimp Ends
STG Open Jump Rings
.018 49 Strand Beadalon Wire
Nunn Design StāzOn Ink Pad - Jet Black
1 Vine Stamp
2 pairs Chain Nose Pliers
1. Use archival ink to stamp vines on front of resin pendants. Allow to dry.
2. Remove a 5.5 length of wire. That's five and a half feet, you will need it, believe me.
3. Attach the crimp end to one end of your wire. Insert wire into opening. Compress center of crimp until wire is completely secured.
4. To make your first loop, slide on a blue bead (B), a green bead (G), a pink bead (P), B, G, P, B, G, P and a final B. Thread the wire end into the first blue bead forming the start of a loop. See picture. Keep the core bead flush to the EZ-Crimp end. Pull the wire through the bead and create a loop. (Don't pull the wire too hard or you can compromise the nylon coating on your wire, take your time and be gentle.)
5. Slide on a G, P, B, G, P, B and a G. Make a second loop, keeping the core bead flush to the end of your first loop. This is a smaller loop.
6. Slide on a P, B, G, P, B, G, P, B, G and a P. Make your third loop as before. Slide on the first pendant making sure the stamped side is facing up.
7. The pattern is as follows until you reach the final resin bead: Alternate between l0 bead loops and 7 bead loops. You will alternate between Blue, Green and Pink as your starting and ending bead as you progress. Each beaded segment between pendants is 9 loops long. Keep the loops flush to one another so there's not a lot of exposed wire.
8. When you reach your final resin pendant you will make the final three beaded segments. They are 7 beads starting and ending with pink, 10 beads starting and ending with blue and 7 beads starting and ending with green.
9. Use your chain nose pliers to pull the wire end into a second crimp end. Compress as before. When you are sure the wire is secured, use wire cutters to snip the wire flush to the inside of the crimp end.
10. Attach the toggle circle to the first crimp end with the existing jump ring. Use two small jump rings to attach the bar end of the toggle to the second crimp end.
11. Work your way through the circles positioning them so they fall the way you desire when worn.