Midnight Garden Dance Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Mysterious and captivating colors combine in this wondrous necklace design. Cynthia used Designer Blends from the Artbeads Designer Series to create the perfect bead embroidered backdrop for her Czech glass button focal. Silk ribbon in sultry nighttime colors complete this look, perfect for an evening out!
Step one: Use 5-minute two-part epoxy to glue the Czech glass 32mm round triple heart leaf jet with platinum paint button to a piece of bead backing and allow to dry.
Step two: Using Swarovski 4mm round pearls in Dark Grey, create a two-seed-bead backstitch around the button. Create another row of two-seed-bead-backstitch around the button using white pearls from the Swarovski 3mm Crystal Mix Black Tie Designer Blend. Create a third and final row of two-seed-bead backstitch using 8/0 seed beads from the Artbeads Graphite Gray Designer Blend.
Step three: Trim the backing, making sure not to cut any of the threads sewn into the piece. Then, cut another piece of backing to match your focal. Attach the backing with a row of gunmetal seed beads using the brick stitch technique. Add a picot edge using bicones from the 3mm Black Tie Designer Blend. For help with a picot edge, please see these instructions.
Step four: Glue the Angel Findings antique pewter elongated floral glue-on bail to the back of your focal using the epoxy and allow to dry.
Step six: String on a random pattern of seed beads, beads from the Swarovski 4mm Crystal Mix Black Tie Designer Blend, and TierraCast rhodium Kenyan heishi spacers. For reference, Cynthia added 9-15 seed beads together, followed by either a pattern of one 4mm bicone, a spacer, a 4mm pearl, a spacer, and a 4mm bicone, or a pattern of two 4mm bicones, a spacer, a 4mm pearl, a spacer, and two 4mm bicones. Continue until your strand is the desired length.
Step seven: Slide a 4x4mm sterling silver crimp tube onto the end of a hand-dyed black, steel gray, and dove gray blend silk ribbon. Then, slide the ribbon end through the jump ring on one end of your beaded strand. Bring the ribbon end back through the crimp tube and flatten the crimp tube to secure the ribbon to the jump ring. Slide your pendant onto both strands. Add a 4mm crimp tube to the end of the ribbon, slide it through the jump ring on the other end of the beaded strand and then back through the crimp tube and flatten the tube to secure the ribbon on this end.
Step eight: Attach half of the antique silver-plated pewter round floral design toggle clasp to each jump ring on the ends of the necklace. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our video.