Greenery necklace tutorial
Every year Pantone announces their color of the year inorder to help manufactures, designers and suppliers across the world coordinate with each other in terms of trends, materials and ofcourse colour combinations and palettes. This year, as you all might know, is about fresh greens and to be specific, the color greenery. This particular hue is a fresh yellow-green shade with a tinge of deepness that signifies prosperity, productivity, and positivity. Symbolising nature to intends to revive, restore and renew.
Green is considered a ‘hard to wear’ color in fashion as it does not lend itself well to either clothes or accessories. But it is a great color for jewellery. Even when used as a monochromatic array of tints, tones and shades, green works on most skin tones and pairs well with colors like pink, red, black, offwhite, ecru, gold and even yellow. Though there are several green gemstones like emerald, jade, peridot, malachite, etc, I love how green glass looks in light. In this tutorial I have combined green glass briolettes with emerald green rounds, turquoise green ovals with and muted aventurine rounds to create a double strand asymmetrical necklace. As aventurine has the power to soothe the troubled spirit and bring inner peace it is widely used to reduce stress, develop confidence, imagination and improve prosperity.
This tutorial once again is based on the most used and simplest technique of jewellery making – that is stringing. It involves stringing two rows or rather two strands of beads together using beading wire and finishing the ends with crimps. Jump rings are further be added to the closed ends to connect the clasp or hook and complete the necklace. This particular design is free flowing a so I have used chain instead of full beads to keep the necklace light in weight.
- Round Beads Green Aventurine 5 mm 1 strand
Green Briolette Beads Flat Teardrops 1 strand
3.Glass Round Beads Green 3 mm 1 strand
- Painted wooden copper barrel beads – 10
- Turquoise green ovals – 2
- Brass link chain
- Brass Jump rings – 4
- Brass Lobster clasp
- Brass crimps – 8
- Golden color Beading wire
Outer Asymmetrical strand
- Collect all the materials required for the strand and arrange the beads in the order you want to string them on a beading board. This saves time in making the necklace as the beads are very small in size.
- Cut 22” of the beading wire and add 10 glass briolette beads in the center
- Add 3 wooden copper colour beads on either side.
- On the left side add 15 dark green beads followed by one copper bead, one turquoise green oval and one copper bead. Follow it up with 40 dark green beads
- On the right side add 300 dark green beads followed by one copper bead, one turquoise green oval and one copper bead. Follow it up with 24 dark green beads
- Crimp both ends to individual jump rings.Crimping: Pass the extra 1” wire through the jump ring and back through the crimp and through the beads. Using nose pliers press the crimps flat to make sure that the hold on the wire is tight. Cut or tuck in extra wire
Inner Symmetric strand – This is a shorter strand with beads and brass link chain
- Cut 15” of the beading wire and add 1 green glass briolette bead in the center
- Add 1 aventurine bead, 1 briolette, 1 aventurine bead, and 1 briolette on either side of the center bead.
- Add 28 aventurine beads on either side
- Cut two pieces of chain (7 cm each)
- Crimp the bead strand to a piece of chain. Repeat on the other side. Cut or tuck in excess wire
Assembling the necklace
Join both strands using jump rings on either side and connect a lobster clasp, further using jump rings. Your necklace is now complete.
Author Bio: Divya N is Fashion (apparel) and jewellery designer who has been teaching design since 2009. She has been interviewed by leading dailies, regional and national magazines, websites, and has been featured on TV shows like ‘Oh my gold’ on TLC and Interweave jewellery magazines. She creates for and runs the jewellery brand Sayuri and blogs at Jewelofsayuri.