How To: Flower Power Necklace - a DIY Necklace using findings, beads
The Flower Power Necklace from Art and Soul Beads
Here are our suggestions on how to create this beautiful necklace. Follow as directed or create your own style. Find the findings and beads necessary to create in our store if you are inspired!
You Will Need:
- Vintage Flower, a brooch, button, or large flower bead
- Leaf Shaped Czech Glass Beads Top Drilled
- Lg Wood Bicone Beads 2 pcs
- 8x8 Rondell Beads
- 8mm Wood Beads
- Seed Beads
- String wire
- Crimp beads
- Cut 4 Long Pieces of Beading Wire >25-30 Inches
- Tip* Art and Soul Beads always designs show piece necklaces from the center/middle and we work our way up each side alternating left and right. We say “we like to watch our necklace grow” Starting with the Blue Beads as your center strand each strand of beads according to your design. We kept it simple -- leaf – seed – leaf – seed – leaf ( for two strands) and Rondel—seed – rondel – seed – rondel – seed (for two Strands)
- String the Lucite flower through 2 strands of wire, any two you choose.
- String Bicone Beads through all 4 strands of wire
- You now have four strands of wire coming out of the bicone beads… separate the four strands into two strands, string the 8mm wood beads through the two strands. We used 15 wood beads on each strand
- To close crimp one whole side at a time. The lobster Clasp side has two pieces of chain attached by a jumping attaching the Lobster clasp. String the crimp through the two strands of wire catching it about 2 inches down from the tip. String on one end of the chain loop back through the crimp. The crimp bead now has 4 strands of wire running through it. Use a crimp too and crimp the bead as normal. Still working on the same side of the necklace, repeat. If you crimp with a proper crimp tool technique your crimp tube will be small enough to go through the wood bead, that a good thing it’s hidden.
- Walk all of the beads down the wire creating a nice and tight effect and you are ready to crimp the other side. TIP *It’s important to make this necklace tight because the crimp beads get hidden in the wood beads so after you are done crimping you will notice a little slack between the beads. Also you will find the two strands coming out of the bicone beads are going to be competing for the exit of that bead, so you have to account for them sharing the exit space.
- Tighten each wire string the crimp bead on to the two strands of wire but this time let the crimp tube fall down and meet the beads, Slide on one of the chain links and loop you two wires back into the crimp. Tighten your wires and crimp using the crimp tool. Repeat once more to finish. Tip* work as close to the necklace as possible. It makes it easier to have a tightly crimped finished product.
Thank you so much for checking out this blog! We hope you are inspired to create a necklace using these multi strand wire techniques, and mixing up the medium by using glass, crystal, vintage and organic material. If you are inspired and you create something you want to share use the #ArtandsoulbeadsDIY. Also shop our boutique necklaces for handmade, ready to wear pieces.
Thank you AND
Emily Kaniasty of artandsoulbeads.com