N0096 - Early Bird Necklace - Designer: Jeanne Holland

by VJMco January 21, 2020

From our imagination to yours... You can create this fun necklace using basic, linking and stringing techniques. “Early Bird” is a whimsical design that focuses on a dainty cluster of rings, charms and crystal complimented by strands of fresh water pearls and seed beads.

Natural brass beads & findings:
BD170- 4mm Circle Spacer Bead / Crimp Cover
BD180- 2mm Round Crimp
CH50- 10mm Round Link Chain
CL30- 8 x 13mm Lobster Clasp
DP10- 17mm Bird Charm
EP1- 1"Eye Pin
HP1- 1" Head Pin
JR10- 4mm Jump Ring/Spacer
JR20- 4.5mm Jump Ring

Tools & Supplies:
TS-03 - Ergonomic Rosary Plier, Round with Cutter
TS-04 - Ergonomic Chain Nose Plier with Cutter
TS-05 - 7 Strand Bronze Beading Wire

Other materials:
10mm Glass Coin
8mm Swarovski Crystal Teardrop
5mm Freshwater Pearls
11/0 Seed Beads


Step 1: Create beaded drops.
A: String one 8mm crystal, onto a 1" head pin. String one 3mm trade spacer, one 4mm crystal onto a 1" head pin. String one 10mm coin onto a 1" head pin.
B: To make the loop on the drops, hold the head pin and cut approximately 1/4" above the bead using the side cutters on the rosary pliers.
C: Holding the beads securely with your fingers, use the rosary pliers to grip the top of the head pin. While still holding securely, pull the head pin toward you, bending it into a 45 degree angle.
D: Continue by turning the head pin away from you (keeping the angle) until you've completed one full loop. (Repeat this technique to create additional drops).

Step 2: Create your bird drop.
A: Form a loop on the non-looped end of two 1” eye pins. String in the following order: one eye pin, one bird charm (suspended from a 4.5mm jump ring), and one eye pin onto a 4.5mm jump ring and close. Attach the 10mm coin beaded drop the two eye pins.
B: Attach one 4.5mm jump ring to the top of the bird drop.

Step 3: Create your Focal Cluster
A: String in the following order: crystal beaded drop, three 4mm jump ring / spacers, bird drop, and three 4mm jump ring / spacers onto one link of 10mm round link chain.
B: Repeat by attaching the 4mm crystal dangle to the second link from the top of chain.

Step 4: String Bead Strands.
A: Cut two 18" pieces of bronze beading wire.
B: String 14 1/2" of seed beads and crimp.
C: String 14 1/2" of pearls alternating one 4mm jump ring / spacer every 5 pearls. Crimp and cover with 4mm crimp cover.

Step 5: Finish your necklace.
A: Attach your focal cluster to the center of the pearl strand using one 4.5mm jump ring.
B: Attach one end of the pearl and seed bead strands to the lobster clasp using two 4.5mm jump rings.
C: Attach the opposite ends of the pearl and seed bead strands to one link of 100 round link chain using one 4.5 mm jump ring..

Your necklace is complete, Enjoy!

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Techniques: Stringing, Clustering,

Materials: Pearls/Crystals, Art glass/Faceted glass, Seed Beads, Stickers,

Products Used:

  • DP10
  • BD170
  • BD180
  • JR10
  • HP1