Cherry Stone Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
You can add quaint sweetness to your looks with this beautiful Cherry Stone necklace. Lillypilly slate veneer serves as the backdrop for an embellishment inspired by nature. The burst of bright cherry color brings this look together. This necklace is perfect for country style or for giving a sweet simplicity to your looks.
Step one: For help creating the pendant featured in this necklace, please see our Handy Tip for how to use Lillypilly slate veneer. We used the Lillypilly 3x7-inch vine print black slate veneer sheet for the heart shape. With the plastic film still intact on the back of the slate, cut it into a heart shape using a saw and file the edges smooth with a file. Punch three holes in the slate. Two are at the top of the heart shape and one is in the center toward the top where the leaves will go.
Step two: Use the Lillypilly 4x8.5-inch flourish beige suede sheet to create three small leaves for the embellishment on the front of the pendant. Cut out a heart shape, as well, to match the slate. This heart shape should be slightly larger than the slate heart. Set aside. Stitch cord from the Nymo size 0 mix tube to the center of the leaf shapes and then stitch veins. Keep the tail of the thread to run through the center punched hole. Remove plastic film from the back of the slate and then tape the tail to the back of the slate to hold it in place.
Step three: String the three Swarovski 6mm crystal globe bead in Light Siam onto three separate pieces of cording from the Nymo size 0 mix tube. Knot the ends of each cord to ensure the bead doesn't fall off. Gather the top of these dangles together, knot and run through the punched hole in the center. Tape to the back of the slate along with the thread from the leaves.
Step three: Use a single seed-bead backstitch to sew the TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in luminous mint lined crystal around the edges of the suede heart. See our Handy Tip for help with the backstitch. The Handy Tip features a two-seed-bead backstitch, but you can adapt the instructions to a single-seed-bead backstitch. Instead of bringing your thread and needle through two seed beads, just go through one.
Step four: Glue the slate heart to the suede backing and push the slate around so that it settles into the seed bead border of the suede.
Step five: Poke holes in the suede where the jump rings will go. These holes should line up with the holes punched through the slate. You can use the hole punch again or a thick needle. Attach an 8mm 18 gauge antique silver-plated open jump ring to each of the holes. For help using jump rings, see our Handy Tip Video.
Step six: Cut two lengths of the antique silver-plated cable chain approximately 10 inches long each. Attach one length to each of the jump rings. Attach a 6mm 18 gauge antique silver-plated open jump ring to each end of the chain and then attach a 12x6.5mm antique silver-plated trigger clasp to one of those jump rings. Your necklace is now complete.