Free Beading Project Idea: New Years Eve Jewelry

Pop the cork and fill the glasses with champagne. New Years Eve is around the corner. There is still plenty of time to grab your jewelry making supplies and get started on some wonderful new jewelry for the holidays. Learn how to make an elegant necklace and a pair of fun earrings.

Current Sale

These lovely project ideas can be modified to your liking. Change the color of the wire or the beads and you will have your own signature design. If you create either of these lovely projects, we would love to see them. Post your photos on our Facebook Group - VIB. VIB is a community of jewelry designers that love to inspire and be inspired. We welcome all beaders. You do not have to be a vocal member, but we would love to hear your input and see your designs.

Champagne Flute Earrings

Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Easy

Materials
26 gauge Craft Wire - 1 spool
22 gauge Craft Wire - 8 inches
14k gold  ear wires - 1 pair
4mm clear CZ faceted  rondelle beads - 32 pcs
6mm clear CZ faceted rondelle beads - 2 pcs
7x5mm clear CZ faceted  briolette beads - 2 pcs

Tools
Round Nose Pliers
Flush Cutters 
Chain Nose Pliers

Instructions

Step 1: Unwrap a long length of 26 gauge wire from the spool, but do not cut the wire. String 16 CZ rondelles.

Step 2: Place the end of the wire at the fattest part of one jaw of the round nose pliers, leaving a 1" tail wire.

Step 3: Wrap the wire down the length of the jaw, keeping the coils as close together as possible.

Step 4: Wrap the wire in the opposite direction, wrapping over the first set of wraps, toward the fattest part of the pliers.

Step 5: Repeat Step 3.

Step 6: Begin wrapping the wire back up toward the fattest part of the pliers. Once you reach the halfway point of the pliers, begin placing the CZ rondelles in the wrap, sliding up one at a time and spacing the CZs around the coil.

Step 7: When you reach the fattest part of the jaw, cut the wire, leaving a short tail, and gently pull the coil from the pliers. Tuck the wire ends into the coil. Set aside.

Step 8: Use 4" of 22 gauge wire to form a simple loop that attaches to 1 CZ briolette. String the wire wrapped piece formed in Steps 1 to 7, pointed end first. String one 6mm rondelle. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to 1 ear wire.

Step 9: Repeat Steps 1 to 8 to form a second earring.

Bubbly Necklace

Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Beginner

Materials
Champagne Soft Flex  Extreme Wire .014 diameter - 72"
2x2mm Gold Filled Crimp Tubes - 10 pcs
2x3mm Gold Filled Crimp Tubes - 4 pcs
12mm Gold Filled Toggle  Clasp- 1 set
4mm Champagne CZ rondelles - 37 pcs
6mm Champagne CZ rondelles - 8 pcs
8mm Champagne CZ rondelles - 20 pcs
7mm x 5mm Champagne CZ briolettes - 21 pcs
9mm x 7mm Champagne CZ briolettes - 16 pcs

Tools
Cutters 
Crimping Pliers
Bead Stoppers
Ruler or Measuring Tape

Instructions

Step 1: Cut the wire into three pieces: one at 21", one at 24", and one at 27". Place a Bead Stopper at one end of the wires.

Step 2: Use the 21" wire to string one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm brilette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, and one 7x5mm briolette. Place a Bead Stopper on the end of the wire and set aside.

Step 3: Use the 24" wire to string one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, and one 4mm rondelle. Place a Bead Stopper on the end of the wire and set aside.

Step 4: Use the 27" wire to string one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 2x2mm crimp tube, one 4mm rondelle, one 6mm rondelle, one 4mm rondelle, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, one 7x5mm briolette, one 9x7mm briolette, and one 7x5mm.

Step 5: Remove the Bead Stoppers used in Steps 3 and 4.

Step 6: Use the ends of all three wires to string one 2x3mm crimp tube. Use all three wires to string one 4mm rondelle and one 8mm rondelle ten times. Use all three wires to string one 4mm rondelle, one 2x3mm crimp tube, and one half of the clasp. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Trim wire ends.

Step 7: Remove the remaining bead stopper and repeat Step 6 on the other ends of the wire.

Step 8: Place the necklace on your work surface. Working with the 21" strand of wire, place the first 2x2mm crimp tube so that it is about 3 1/2" from the 2x3mm crimp tube, and crimp using Crimping Pliers. Repeat, placing the other 2x2mm crimp tube about 3 1/2" from the other 2x3mm crimp tube.

Step 9: Working with the 24" strand of wire, place the first 2x2mm crimp tube so that is about 2" from the 2x3mm crimp tube, and crimp. Place the next 2x2mm crimp tube so that is about 3 1/4" from the previous 2x2mm tube, and crimp. Repeat, working from the other end of the necklace.

Step 10: Working with the 27" wire, place the first 2x2mm crimp tube so that it is about 4 1/2" from the 2x3mm crimp tube, and crimp. Place the next 2x2mm so that it is about 2 1/2" from the previous 2x2mm tube, and crimp. Repeat, working from the other end of the necklace.

Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.

Visit the Soft Flex Company YouTube Channel!

Jamie Hogsett is a bead lover, jewelry designer, beading instructor, freelance editor, and the co-author of Show Your Colors. She is the author of Stringing Style and co-author of the Create Jewelry series: Pearls, Crystals, Stones, and Glass. Jamie's work has been published numerous times in Stringing and Beadwork magazines as well as in Beadwork Creates Beaded Rings, Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags, Beadwork Creates Beaded Earrings and other books and magazines from Interweave Press.