Add something blue to your wedding with this "New Victoria" necklace, which uses pastel freshwater pearls and a delicate rose cameo for a delightfully soft and feminine appearance. The necklace was inspired by our Spring/Summer 2011 Wedding trend and would work well for both brides and bridesmaids.
Creating the Pendant
Step one: Cut out a 2-inch by 3-inch rectangular piece of Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Glue the 18x25mm resin flowers cameo in black and ivory to the center of the Stiff Stuff using E6000 glue. Allow to dry.
Step two: To start your beaded border, thread a needle and tie a knot. Poke the needle through the Stiff Stuff close to the edge of the cameo, pulling the knot tight against the back of the design. String four opaque pearl pastel yellow delicas onto the thread and insert your needle back down through the Stiff Stuff close to the edge of the cameo, creating a line of delicas against the cameo. Bring your needle up through the middle of the four delicas, so that two delicas are on each side. Slip your needle through two of the delicas a second time.
Step three: String two more delicas onto the thread and insert your needle down through the stiff stuff, lining the beads against the cameo. Bring your needle up through the Stiff Stuff behind the two delicas, and then slip your needle through the two delicas a second time, creating a backstitch. Repeat this backstitch until you have completely outlined the cameo with delicas. Tie off your thread.
Step four: Use the same technique described in steps one and two to create the second border of TOHO™ 11/0 Ceylon smoke round beads.
Step five: Cut off the extra stiff stuff around the pendant so that it is flush with the beaded boarder that you just created. Place the pendant facedown. Attach the silver-plated pewter 3-strand multi-strand endpiece to the top of the pendant using E6000 glue. Let dry. Glue the Stiff Stuff on the back of the pendant to a 2-inch by 3-inch piece of black felt. Let dry.
Step six: Cut the black felt flush with the Stiff Stuff so that it forms a nice oval back for the pendant. Use a black permanent marker to darken the Stiff Stuff along the edges of the pendant to match the felt.
Stringing the Necklace
Step one: Attach a sterling silver open jump ring to the loop piece of the silver-plated pewter star-shaped flower toggle. Attach a jump ring to the bar piece of the toggle.
Step two: Cut 21 1/2-inches of ZambaPro™ 49 .019 jewelry wire. Attach the wire to the jump ring on the loop piece of the toggle using a sterling 2x2mm crimp tube. For instructions on how to use a crimp tube, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.
Step three: Thread a Ceylon smoke bead and a 5 to 5.5mm light blue rice pearl onto the wire. Repeat this pattern 24 more times. String the following seed beads: a Ceylon smoke bead, three yellow delicas, a Ceylon smoke bead, three yellow delicas, two Ceylon smoke beads, three yellow delicas, a Ceylon smoke bead, three yellow delicas and a Ceylon smoke bead.
Step four: Add a jump ring to the loop on the pendant and string the pendant over the seed beads. Make a pattern of pearls on the right side of the necklace that mirrors the pattern on the left side. Attach the bar piece of the toggle to the wire using a crimp tube.
Approximate size: 19 ½ inches Estimated time: Less than 1 hour (plus dry time) Difficulty level: Intermediate
Tools and Supplies Used: Bead crimper tool (TOOL-100) Nipper tool (TOOL-101) Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106) E6000 glue 1oz tube - medium/clear (E6000-01) #11 short beading needles 12-pack (NEED-10) Knotting tweezers (TOOL-112) Large loop scissors (TOOL-123) ZambaPro™ 49 .019 30ft jewelry wire (ZP49-30F-019) Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch single sheet (LSS-001) Nymo D Bobbin Black (NYD-BLK)
List of Components:
18x25mm Resin Flowers Cameo - Black and Ivory (RESCAM10, qty 1)
5 - 5.5mm Light Blue Rice Pearl Strand (P-BLULT1, qty 1)
8g Opaque Pearl Pastel Yellow Delicas (DB0232, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Ceylon Smoke (TBRD11-150, qty 1)
Silver-Plated Pewter Star-Shaped Flower Toggle (PS-TOG014, qty 1)
Silver-Plated Pewter 3-Strand Multi-Strand Endpiece (PS-MSEND011, qty 1)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring (0.90 x 4.60mm) (SS-OJR35-C, qty 3)
Sterling 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM2, qty 2)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Silver-Plated Pewter Leaves Toggle (PS-TOG007)
Silver-Plated Brass Tulip Toggle Clasp (SP-TOG04)
5.5 - 6mm Light Blue Button Pearl Strand (P-BLULT2)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Silver-Grey Satin Delicas (DB0677)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Pearl AB Whipped Butter Delicas (DB1501)
Beading on Fabric: Encyclopedia of Bead Stitch Techniques (BOOK-150)