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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ravishing Ribbon and Beads

The look of fibers and beads can be edgy or sophisticated depending on your choice of colors and materials. Our example features a soft, romantic look created from beads on headpins, attached to jump rings knotted onto a creamy, satin ribbon. This type of necklace does not require a clasp and is adjustable in length. Simply tie around the neck at the desired length. However, if you would like to have a more structured closure, it is very simple to attach chains and findings to complete this necklace.

If you can wire wrap, then this will be a simple piece to create in less than an hour (depending on how many beads you use).

3/16" satin ribbon
8mm closed jump rings (open jump rings will work, but closed jump rings are preferred to prevent snagging the ribbon)
Beads - your choice, choose beads that are 8mm and smaller to keep the look light and flirty. My example includes 8mm Luster Blue Czech Firepolished beads, 6mm Milky Aquamarine Czech Firepolished Beads and 4mm Light Smokey Quartz Firepolished beads.


Determine the length of your necklace, then decide where you would like to knot in beads, this may be every 3-4". At each of these spots, knot a jump ring into place. Next, attach 3-5 beads to each jump ring. This necklace can be composed of a single strand or multiple strands of ribbon. Our example shows two strands at slightly different lengths. No clasp is needed, simply tie around neck at desired length.

If you would like to attach chains and clasp, loop one end of the ribbon around an 8mm jump ring. Hand-stitch the ribbon to secure the jump ring. Repeat on the other side. Next, attach a piece of chain to each jump ring, this will allow you to adjust the length of the necklace. Lastly, attach a lobster claw clasp.

To purchase the materials featured in this post, please use these links:
Luster blue Czech fire polished beads

Milky aquamarine 6mm Czech Beads

Light smokey quartz Czech beads
Sterling silver head pins

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