Been working on a beading project from HELL! I pride myself on crafting up projects that take minimal amounts of time and that I can basically think up in my head. This project is definitely NOT that 🙂 This will be an attempt at a tutorial of my journey through making this necklace. It’s gonna be painful…
This is my beading mentor and great friend Linh. Don’t be fooled by that sweet asian face…shes a beading maniac “2 pink, 3 silver, loop-dee-loop, around 10 times!” Haha she’s great I just envy her patience and if I make it through making this necklace without giving up, she’ll be to thank!
Flexible beading needles
Seedbeads (all same size) 1 core color and 1-4 outer colors
Patience- about 10-20 hours worth
Note: No drinking and beading…..it will not end well, just trust me 🙂
Step 1: String 1 core bead and then take needle through the “other side” and pull through. This will secure the bead. You can move it to end end by pulling (advantage of using Fire Line). Start with 3 feet of string and move bead 6 inches from the end.
Step 2: Next string 3 core beads (silver) and 3 outer beads onto string. The core bead color will not change, the outer color will change as many times as you like. The core bead color will be seen “peeping through” as Linh likes to describe it.
Step 4: String 1 core bead and 3 outer beads. Repeat previous process by pulling needle through 4 core beads. This time there will be a total of 5 so skip the first bead. Pull tight. the 3 outer beads will make a little loop again. Push next to previous loop….you will now have 2 rows of 3 outer beads surrounding the core. Repeat this a total of 10 times. It will start to look like the picture above.
Step 5: After 10 rotations, you will switch colors of the outer beads. I’m doing 4 colors of outer beads but you can do anywhere from 1-4. To change colors you can simply switch to new color or “taper” off the old outer and onto the new….this give the necklace a more gradual change between colors. The taper would be as follows:
1 core bead, 2 pinks, 1 purple (2 times)
1 core bead, 1 pink, 2 purples (2 times)
1 core bead, 3 purples (10 times)
Next up: adding string, adding crystals, adding tassels