Two DIY Necklaces Using Silver & Gold Beads, Onyx & Murano Glass
In this episode of Free Spirit Beading with Kristen Fagan, I share two silver & gold necklace ideas to start the New Year in sparkles! Learn to string a beaded necklace with Soft Flex beading wire and securely crimp it closed with high quality Soft Flex crimp tubes and crimping pliers. Then, I followed it up with some matching earrings and more chat about how to crimp and best practices in the second episode video below.
First, we'll take two custom bead strands from Jesse James Beads exclusively made for Soft Flex Company that are gorgeous on their own and pump up the glam factor with some specialty beads!
We will combine unique matte onyx overlapping beads with the silver sparkles strand and artist glass square beads with the gold sparkles strand for two elegant necklace ideas to help you shine in the New Year!
How to Make Cage Bead Drop Earrings & Crimp Soft Flex Beading Wire
Next we'll make two pairs of earrings to match our silver and gold necklaces above. Kristen shows how to crimp with the regular and magical crimping pliers, when to use each, what the differences are and why you should use crimping pliers vs. flattening a crimp with chain nose pliers in this video.
I decided to alter the previous silver sparkles necklace tutorial design to pull out the square crystal and cage beads for use in these earrings. You can see the modified silver necklace picture above.
If you like this angel ornament, check out these other New Year design ideas:
Champagne Flute Craft Wire Earrings
Gold Knitted Cage Bracelet
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Kristen Fagan is the Website Graphic Designer and a Jewelry Making Educator for Soft Flex® Company. She is the co-author of Seed Bead Revolution, an artist and creativity guide. She currently 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 Opal, Turquoise, and Quartz and she can't bead without Bead Stoppers. You can email her at Kristen@softflexcompany.com or visit her Website | Facebook | Instagram