DIY Hand Painted Wood Pendant and Soft Flex Beaded Necklace

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DIY Hand Painted Wood Pendant and Soft Flex Beaded Necklace

This week is Free Spirit Beading with Kristen Fagan's 100th episode! Woohoo! I shared tips and ideas for painting a wooden laser cut rabbit pendant from Allegory Gallery and stringing a two strand bead necklace with Czech Glass Button Mold Beads and Spice Market Mix. We may have chatted about rabbit symbolism too. On this video I shared my love of painting with beading.

I don't think it gets better than that for celebrating 100 videos, but in fact it does! Because I am also celebrating with a Mini Jewelry Making Kit Giveaway! 

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Soft Flex .019/Medium Beading Wire - Spinel

Czech Glass Vintage Button Mold - Spinel

Czech Glass Spice Market Bead Mix

2x2mm Crimp Tubes - Gold Filled

Crimping Pliers


Wooden Pendants

Vintaj Patina Paint (optional)

Acrylic Paint (optional)

Gesso or Modpodge Sealer (optional)

Posca Paint Pen (optional)

Sandpaper (optional)

I tested acrylic craft paint, Posca paint pen and Vintaj Patina paint along with Modpodge for sealing and will share my results. Andrew from Allergory Gallery was on the show live and shared lots and lots of other ideas for embellishing the pendants to make them your own! Wooden Pendants can be found at

Which side of the pendant is your favorite? Painted or plain?! I love both and plan to wear it on one side or the other depending on my mood that day. 

We may have chatted about rabbit symbolism too! I love paying attention to signs and using symbols as a way to connect with the Divine. I find it's a wonderful way to add a bit of magic to my life and creative pursuits. It also helps me dig deeper to my own consciousness and it empowers me with strength, clarity and encouragement. The info I shared about rabbit symbolism was found on the website

After hand painting pendant and talking a little about rabbit symbolism we made a two strand beaded necklace on Soft Flex flexible beading wire. I decided to pair the Czech Glass Spice Market Bead Mix with our new Czech Glass Vintage Button Mold Beads and pulled together the reds, amber and green color palette from the mix to pair with Soft Flex beading wire in Spinel.

The Czech Glass Spice Market Bead Mix is full of Autumn color goodness with deep red, orange, amber brown, golden yellow and green beads - so many nice color combination ideas in one mix. This mix is a custom assortment of unique bead shapes and sizes in a Fall color way. Due to the random selection, there may or may not be exact matches of bead shapes and colors, perfect for "bead soup" and multi strand mixed bead designs!

I created a pendant connector and finished the design by crimping with Magical Crimping Pliers. Magical Crimping Pliers were created to be used with 2x2mm crimp tubes. It is important to use good quality crimp tubes with the Magical Crimping Pliers. Soft Flex manufactures their tubes with double the wall thickness of most and they are also seamless. They are terrific for this application. A weaker walled crimp will have a hard time cinching into the nylon coating. Recommended for .019 and .024 flexible beading wire. Click for 5 Step Crimping Instructions using the Magical Crimping Pliers.

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If you like this idea, you may like these other Czech Glass bead mix jewelry making tutorials:

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Kristen Fagan is a Website Graphic Designer and Jewelry Making Educator for Soft Flex┬« Company. She is the co-author of Seed Bead Revolution, an artist and creativity guide. She lives in Arizona with her husband, their two sons and two dogs. When she's not painting, drawing or beading, she enjoys reading, yoga, exploring the outdoors and traveling. Her favorite stones are Turquoise, and Quartz and she can't bead without Bead Stoppers. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her Website | Facebook | Instagram