Seed Beads and Swirls Necklace Instructions Designed by Tracy Gonzales for TierraCast
Seed beads make a swirling complement to the Swarovski pendant at the center of this necklace. The loopy design looks complicated, but is easy to achieve. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make this necklace for yourself! See more of this necklace in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: To create the first layer of seed beads, string 42 frosty white seed beads from the Gray Flannel 11/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend onto a 12-inch strand of beading wire and position them at the center. Thread the two ends of the wire from opposite directions through an end hole of a TierraCast rhodium-plated pewter 3 hole spacer bar to create Ring 1. For Ring 2, string 15 beads on each end of the wire and thread the ends through an end hole on a new 3 hole spacer bar. String the same amount for the Ring 3 and thread the ends through an end hole on a new 3 hole spacer bar. For Ring 4, string 16 beads per side and thread the ends of the wire through a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube. Adjust so that all of the rings are snug and secure the crimp with crimping pliers. For help with crimping, please see our Handy Tip.
Step two: Repeat step one for the next layer of seed beads. This time, use hematite seed beads. Make sure to thread the wires through the middle hole of the same 3 hole bars used in the previous step. Ring 1 will have 44 beads, Rings 2 and 3 will have 18 beads per side and Ring 4 will have 13 beads per side. Finish with a crimp tube.
Step three: Repeat step one for the third layer of seed beads. This time, use dark gray seed beads. Make sure to thread the wires through the last hole of the same 3 hole bars used in the previous steps. Ring 1 will have 50 beads, Rings 2 and 3 will have 21 beads per side and Ring 4 will have 10 beads per side. Finish with a crimp tube. Repeat steps one through three to create another set of seed bead loops.
Step four: Cut two feet of stainless steel oval cable chain into four equal 6-inch pieces. Thread one TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter large spiral pinch bail through the crimped ends of one of the loopy seed bead strands. Attach the end links of two chain segments to the bail, then pinch it close securely. You can overlap the prongs of the bail if desired. Attach the two ends of the chain to half of the TierraCast antique silver-plated spiral toggle clasp using a sterling silver 6.4x9.6mm 16 gauge oval jump ring. For help with jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Repeat this step with the other loopy seed bead strand and the two remaining chain segments.
Step five: Position the two halves of the necklace so that the center loops overlap, alternating the rings on each side. Thread the last pinch bail through the stack of rings. Position the Swarovski 28mm graphic pendant in Denim Blue between the prongs of the bail and pinch closed.