Jardin de Glass Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
The way glass can tell a story is truly magical. Everything about this necklace, from the lampwork focal bead to the glass seed beads, celebrates the inspiring and beautiful style of glass artistry. Add in the wondrous colors of an Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend, and your stylish story is complete! This necklace will make you feel like you stepped into an enchanted glass garden.
Creating the Focal: Glue the pink swirl floral disc bead onto bead backing and allow to dry. Use the iridescent purple beads from the Viola Designer Seed Bead Blend to make a peyote stitch bezel around the focal bead. For more instruction on creating peyote stitch bezels, see our Handy Tip. Using the two-seed-bead backstitch, create a row of Swarovski 4mm XILION bicones in Jonquil around the bezel. See our Handy Tip for more instruction on how to complete this stitch. Create a row of the matte purple and green seed beads from the Viola blend around the Jonquil bicones, again using the two-seed-bead backstitch. Finally, add a ring of Swarovski 4mm faceted rounds in Fuchsia AB Full Coat around the matte seed beads using the two-seed-bead backstitch. Trim your bead backing, glue a suede backing to the back of the beading, allow to dry and finish your focal by beading around the edge with the shining green beads from the Viola seed bead blend. Take a look at our Handy Tip for more instruction on this technique.
Making the Kumihimo Cord: Create a seed bead cord using the shining green seed beads from the Viola blend, as well as the TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in trans-rainbow green emerald and S-Lon bead cord. You will use the Kumihimo technique to make your cord. See our Kumihimo Braiding with Beads Handy Tip for more instruction. Make your cord approximately 9 1/2 inches long.
Making the beaded bail: Find the top center of your beaded focal and bring your needle through the edge bead. Make sure to also bring your needle through some of the backing. String 17 shining green seed beads, followed by a Swarovski 4mm XILION bicone in Amethyst AB 2x and another shining green seed bead. Bring your needle back through the first edge bead. Bring your thread through the whole loop again to make it stronger. See our Handy Tip for more help with creating your beaded bail.
Go through the next edge bead and repeat the technique from step three until you have seven loops. Slide your newly created pendant onto the Kumihimo bead cord.
Completing the Necklace: Finish one end of the kumihimo cord using a JBB gold-plated pewter end cap and a 2-inch 20 gauge satin Hamilton gold-plated eye pin. Take a look at our Handy Tip for help on how to attach an end cap to Kumihimo. String a Swarovski 8mm XILION bicone in Jonquil onto the end of the eye pin and create a wrapped loop. Our Wrapped Loop Handy Tip offers details instructions on how to do this. Cut a length of the satin Hamilton gold-plated big, medium and small oval link chain approximately 6 inches long. Attach one end to the wrapped loop using a 6mm 18 gauge satin Hamilton gold-plated open jump ring. Watch our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video for help opening and closing jump rings. Attach one half of the Nunn Design antique gold-plated pewter leaf toggle clasp to the end of the chain using another jump ring. Repeat this step for the other side of the necklace.
Tools & Supplies: Lime Green Suede Oval Inserts (Pack of 2) (EMBMT-0307)
Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Inch Single Sheet (LSS-001)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Olive (STRNG-0109)
The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Peridot 77-Yard Spool (SLON0011)
The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole (SUP-0051, qty 8)
The Beadsmith Small Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk (TOOL-0139)
Chain Nose Pliers Smooth Jaws with Ergonomic Handle (TOOL-613)
Round Nose Pliers with Ergonomic Handle (TOOL-612)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)
List of Components: Viola seed bead blend (adb0014, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Trans-Rainbow Green Emerald (TBRD8-179, qty 2)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Jonquil (5328-JON4, qty 27)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Fuchsia AB Full Coat (5000-FUSABC4, qty 38)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Amethyst AB 2x (5328-AMY2AB4, qty 7)
Swarovski 5328 8mm XILION Bicone Jonquil (5328-JON8, qty 2)
2-inch Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated 20 Gauge Eye Pin (FIND-0450, qty 2)
6mm Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge (FIND-0471, qty 4)
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter End Cap (PG-BD004, qty 2)
Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Big, Medium, and Small Oval Link Chain (BTF-0067, qty 1)
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Leaf Toggle Clasp (PGA-CL003, qty 1)
Pink Swirl Floral Disc Bead (LMP-0048, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Seabreeze Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0001)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Turquoise (5328-TQ4)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Chrysolite AB Full Coat (5000-CSLABC4)
Grace Lampwork Kiley's Blue Bouquet Lentil Focal Bead (BEAD-2461)
Gold-Plated Futurist Toggle Clasp (GP-TOG01)
Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Small Oval Link Chain (BTF-0068)