How to Make a Beaded Necklace for Fall with Antique Color Wire & Components
This week on Free Spirit Beading with Kristen Fagan, I share how to wire wrap a beaded pendant and string a beaded necklace using antique color beading and craft wire. Soft Flex Beading Wire in Antique Brass color is one of my favorites! It pairs seamlessly with Soft Flex Craft Wire in Vintage Bronze and antique brass and natural brass jewelry making components. I combined my favorite vintage colors with our new Surprise Color Czech Glass Tulip Bead Strands with an assortment of Czech Glass beads and cube seed beads.
Assortment of Czech Glass Beads
3mm Cube Seed Beads
First, I share how to use Soft Flex Craft Wire to wire wrap a bead pendant with the Multi-Size Wire Looping Pliers and attach it to the hammered ring connector with an artisan textured messy wrap!
After creating the focal pendant, we string a bead necklace on Soft Flex flexible beading wire in Antique Brass color. Cut two strands of 16" beading wire for each side of the pendant. Take one strand, string it through the ring connector and crimp to secure 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.
We create continuity to the design with spacer beads! You can use metal beads, heishi beads, seed beads, small beads of any type that you string between your main beads. Using a spacer bead helps bring lots of different bead shapes and colors together in a cohesive way. I used 3mm cube seed beads.
Create your bead pattern and string beads on one side (use a bead stopper to hold beads in place before crimping). Then string the second strand. When ready crimp. Finish the pattern until you reach your desired length. Crimp to clasp.
If you like this idea, you may like these other tutorials:
How to Wire Wrap Seed Beads onto the Inside of a Hoop to Make a Necklace
Use Jewelry Making Rings to Make Earrings at Home Easy
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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 Kristen@softflexcompany.com or visit her Website | Facebook | Instagram