Sparkle Starfish Necklace

The Aurora Borealis (AB) finish on a Swarovski crystal starfish component is intense, so I decided to keep the design of this necklace on the simple side and let the sparkle do all the work. Also see the Swarovski Crystal Intense Sparkle Starfish Earrings tutorial to make a pair of matching earrings.

To make this necklace, you will need the following:

1 – 20mm AB clear Swarovski starfish pendant
1 – 5mm sterling jump ring
16 inches of Figaro sterling chain
1 – 6mm AB clear Swarovski bicone bead
2 – 3.5x1mm Bali sterling silver star beads
1 foot of 21-gauge Sterling wire
Wire cutters
Chain-nosed pliers
Round-nosed pliers
Nylon-nosed pliers
Jeweler’s file

*Crystal starfish component (#06-721-20-02) and sterling silver star beads (24-731-728) came from Rings & Things.

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Hemp Bamboo Bead Necklace

The wonderful reds and earth-tone in bamboo beads inspired this necklace strung on hemp and accented with a copper clay heart pendant. The bamboo beads also have an eclectic mix of size, shape, and patterns to them. While this piece has a distinctive feminine touch with the lace-textured copper heart pendant, remove it and you could easily turn this into a more unisex design.

To make this Hip Hemp, Bamboo Beads and Copper Heart Necklace, you’ll need the following:

About 1 yard of 1mm hemp
5 inches of 20lb. hemp
*25 Assorted bamboo beads
Bead board
Scissors
Ruler
1 – 30mm Copper Clay Heart Pendant

*The bamboo beads came from Rings & Things item #29-919-00.

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Two Tone Beading Wire


Beadalon has added another option to its line of beading wire for jewelry makers. It’s called SilverGold, and as the name suggests, it is a combination of both silver and gold colored beading wire. The new product is part of its Metallic Colors, which also includes SilveRose, silver, gold, and copper colors.

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Finally…first post.

I’ve been wanting to get this blog going for quite awhile now, and I’ve FINALLY made time to do it. Now it’s just getting people to read it! Maybe if I post about “nude celebrity pictures” that will get peoples attention. Totally joking! Anyway, I just started adding items to my revamped etsy store. Before I only listed a few items and never really put any effort into it. I have new ideas now and am excited to start fresh.

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