DIY jewelry

DIY: Gemstone Statement Necklace

Gemstone jewelry is always beautiful. Creating with gemstones can produce unique jewelry pieces in striking combinations or elegant monochromatic pieces.

The Bohemian style of jewelry incorporates a wide variety of materials in a single piece. This necklace tutorial I have created for you uses cotton cording, beautiful Amazonite, Agate tubes, and painted metal feather charms on a chain. It will require a more intermediate skill set.  If you are willing to try this one, then grab everything you will need (including coffee) and let’s get to it.

Supplies Necklace Redo

Materials:
54 pcs – 10 mm Amazonite Beads
27 pcs – 6mm Amazonite Beads
2 pcs – Painted Style Dyed Agate Tubes
1 pc – Chain with Painted Feather Charms*
2 pcs – Crimp Tubes
4 pcs – Bead Cones
2 pcs – 6mm Jump Rings
2 pcs – 4mm Jump Rings
20 gauge Craft or Jewelry Wire
Jewelry Stringing Wire (roughly 12 inches)
Cotton Cording in a gray or neutral color

*Jo-Ann has a similar feather charm chain that is not painted that would work if you cannot find this specific feather chain.

Tools:
Scissors or Thread Burner
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Crimping Pliers
Wire Cutters
Glue
Optional: Knot Tool

Instructions:
Measure and cut two sections of cording roughly 3 feet each and set aside.

Stone Connectors

Cut two equal lengths of craft/jewelry wire (around 6 inches). Form a wrapped loop at one end. Slide a bead cone on with the broad end opposite of the loop. Slide on a gemstone tube bead then another cone with the broad end on the end of the tube. Form another wrapped loop. Trim excess wire. Repeat for second gemstone tube.

 

Attach a 4mm jump ring to the bottom loop of each of the gemstone tube connectors.

Crimp Piece

 

Choice one of the gemstone tube connectors to begin working with. Using a crimp tube attach the jewelry stringing wire to the jump ring added in the previous step. Trim the tail.

 

 

Thread on the 6mm gemstones. Using a crimp tube attach the end of the stringing wire to the 4mm jump ring of the second gemstone tube connector.  Using a 6mm jump ring, attach one end of the chain with the feather charms to one of the gemstone tube connectors. Attach the other end of the chain in the same manner to the second gemstone tube connector.

Connected to Feathers 2

Take a section of cording and fold in half. Attach to the top loop of one of the gemstone tube connectors using a “cow hitch” knot. Make a simple knot snugly next to the cow hitch knot.

 

Knotted Stones

 

String on a 10mm and tie a knot as tight as possible against the stone. Continue knotting the stones until you have knotted a total of 27 stones on the cord. Repeat for the second gemstone tube connector.

 

Knotted Stones 2

 

Gather the ends of the cording and tie an “Ashley’s Bend” knot. Glue the knot. Trim excess cording.

 

 

 

Wear your necklace with pride.  Until next time…stay caffeinated, my peeps!

Stones and Feathers 1

DIY jewelry

Tribal Gemstone Statement Necklace

This week’s Tuesday Tutorial is a beautiful, rustic tribal-looking gemstone statement necklace. I love the mix of vibrantly colored Imperial Jasper and antique brass.  The sparkles of the crystals adds in just enough bling to add some interest to the piece.

Finished Product

I fell in love with a strand of top drilled, Imperial Jasper from my local Michael’s Craft Store.  I think I may have gotten them some time last year. This strand was just one of those that jumped out to me.  These usually run about $9.99, but you can always use your 40% off coupon or wait until they are on sale. Either way, they are well worth the price.

Stones

The little tassel bit was purchased just the other day again at my local Michael’s on clearance for a $1.99.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Adding in the blush colored Swarovski crystals added some sparkly contrast to the deepness of the antiqued brass and highlighting the striations of the Jasper.

Supplies Shot

Supplies:
Top drilled, flat gemstone strand (I used a strand for Michael’s Sedona line)
Blue Moon Beads® Shortcuts™ metal connector available at Michael’s Craft Stores
10 – 3mm Swarovski crystals in a accentuating color to your gemstones (I used Silk)
Matching chain
Beading Wire
4 Crimp Beads
Clasp
2 – 4mm brass jump rings
1 – 6mm brass jump ring

Optional Supplies:
1 antique brass head pin
24 gauge bronze colored wire
1 extra matching Swarovski crystal
1 additional 4mm jump ring
Extender Chain (I ended up not using one)

Tools:
Crimping pliers
Flat nose or chain nose pliers
Wire cutters

Optional Tools:
Round nose pliers

Instructions:
Cut two equal pieces of stringing wire as long as you are comfortable working with. I cut mine to about 10 inches each.

Sort your stones into a nice collection of sizes and shapes.

LinksNext, check the rings of your connector to ensure they are properly closed.  You don’t want the rings catching on your clothes or your strung part sliding off.  An improperly closed jump ring can also break your beading wire.

 

Using a crimp bead attach the bead stringing wire to the outer rings of Crimpyour connector.  You can simply tuck the extra short piece of wire into your beads or trim it against the crimp bead.

It is best to use crimping pliers as this will enure an almost perfect crimp every time. You do not have to connect the wires at the same time. I did simply because it seemed like a shortcut.

String on a pattern of 5 crystals and 4 gemstone on one of the wires.

What I did next was to simply gauge how long I wanted my necklace to be.  I measured the length of the stones, crystals and center ring to figure out how much chain I needed to cut.

You do not have to do this, but I did so I could make sure the necklace would rest where I wanted it to.

Cut your chain to the correct length for your preference. I cut my chain into two 10 inch sections.

Using a crimp bead attach your strung wire to the end of a piece of chain. Repeat for the second side.

Semi finished

The finished piece felt a bit bland.  I wasn’t sure what to add to create the look I wanted.

Wrapped Stone

I had a stone that was significantly smaller than the rest.  I took 24 gauge bronze colored copper wire and wrapped around the top part of the stone.

I also added a Swarovski crystal dangle.  You can create one by threading a crystal onto a head pin and form a loop at the end.

 

I am very pleased with the finished piece.

Finished Necklace

I still have two stones left over that I plan to use for a different project.  Happy beading, and stay caffeinated!