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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two Tier Beaded Necklace

Combine the look of a choker and a long elegant beaded strand into a single necklace that you can wear for work or play. My example features beaded strands made from large white freshwater pearls, sky blue coral 8mm Czech glass fire polished beads, 6mm crystal Czech fire polished beads and 6x9mm crystal Czech fire polished donuts, accented with Toho seed beads.

The contrast between the short and long strands create a dramatic aesthetic that can be worn with a collared shirt and blazer or a fabulous scoop neck dress. The random pattern of the beads keeps it playful and romantic.

To create this necklace, string two strands of beads onto two different lengths of flexible beading wire such as Soft Flex or Flex Rite. With a crimp tool, crimp each strand to jump rings and a clasp.

For an ultra feminine touch, in lieu of a clasp, I finished this piece with a silky cream ribbon  that ties around the neck. Click here for ideas on using ribbon in your jewelry designs.

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Flexible beading wire

Sky blue coral Czech glass beads 
White mix Toho seed beads

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