5 Free Beaded Necklaces: New Beading Daily eBook

Jul 31, 2009

Nothing in Common?

At first glance, the five necklaces in our latest free ebook, Jewelry Making: Beaded Jewelry Projects from Beading Daily: 5 Free Beaded Necklace Patterns, have nothing in common.  However, a closer look at the ebook reveals that these varied necklaces do have something in common—all have budget-friendly elements that are easy to transfer to your own original designs.

Budget-Friendly Features

1.  Focus on the Focal

Focus your attention—and your budget—on the focal point of these free necklace patterns:

The wearable Heart of Glass necklace by Terry Rhoades demonstrates that you don't need dozens of expensive elements to make a pretty necklace.  Spend the bulk of your budget on just one lampworked donut as a focal piece and use a handful of crystals as accents.  Finish the necklace with a simple chain.

Parallel Chain Neckdrape, a chain mail necklace by Barbara Hance, cleverly focuses the wirework on an elaborate centerpiece.  Finish the necklace with inexpensive black cord rather than a more costly chain mail chain.  While gold-filled and sterling silver jump rings are used in this necklace, you could easily substitute plated metals for an even more affordable piece.

Shining Example by Marcella Austenfeld features a dramatic right-angle weave focal piece strung with metallic seed beads and crystals.  Clustering the crystals together in a beadwoven focal, rather than using them to string the necklace, adds drama and helps keep costs down.

2. Skip the Clasp

Big Island Necklace by Step by Step Beads editor Leslie Rogalski is an easy, claspless necklace showcasing fiber-wrapped beads and seed beads. Not only are the materials in this necklace the least expensive in this ebook, but Leslie also opted to forgo the clasp, often one of the most expensive elements of a necklace.

3. Use Seed Beads

Seed beads, as seen in Big Island Necklace, Shining Example, and Dragonfly's Garden, are an easy way to keep costs down.  A tube of seed beads can run as low as $1-2.  Use the seed beads to space apart your more expensive beads while adding color and texture at the same time.     

4.  Use Pewter or Other Inexpensive Metals

The lush Dragonfly's Garden by Julia Watt combines stringing and fringe to create a necklace brimming with pearls.  Close inspecion of the materials list reveals that the whimsical silver-colored components (including the charming  dragonfly pendant) are pewter, a less expensive metal than sterling silver.


New Free eBook
Jewelry Making: Beaded Jewelry Projects from Beading Daily
5 Free Beaded Necklace Patterns

If you love to make necklaces, you'll want to take a look at this free eBook, Jewelry Making: Beaded Jewelry Projects from Beading Daily: 5 Free Beaded Necklace Patterns.  Inside you'll find five of our most popular designs:  a simple rope necklace with fiber-wrapped beads, a bright pearl necklace festooned with fringe, a necklace with a sparkling right-angle weave crystal pendant, a chain mail pendant on a black cord, and a simple chain necklace with a lampwork donut focal bead.  Be sure to tell your jewelry-making friends about this free eBook, so they may download their own copies!

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on Jul 31, 2009 9:35 AM
I enjoy the projects that I can get to make braclets, necklaces and earrings, the information on how to make them is very easy to read and follow. Thank you. Dreama Sutton
sawyerlm wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 10:08 AM
I am already registered for this site and when I try to download the book it keeps telling me to register. I'm logged in...why can't I download?
CindysCZs wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 10:16 AM
I'm having the same problem - logged in - but can't download. Perhaps they'll fix it soon. Looking forward to the ideas.
MelindaB@14 wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 11:50 AM
You may want to try clicking on the yellow rectangle that says "Current Members Click Here"... thats what I did & it works fine.
MelindaB@14 wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 11:51 AM
You may want to click on the yellow rectangle that say "Current Members Click Here"... it worked for me.
amyburl wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 12:09 PM
There is no yellow rectangle on the page I see on my ibook...guess we need to wait for a fix.
MelindaB@14 wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 3:31 PM
Try using this link... http://pass.interweave.com/register.aspx?SourceUrl=http://www.beadingdaily.com/5-Free-Beaded-Necklace-Patterns/ & then click on the yellow rectangle
taszel14 wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 10:53 PM
Nice projects. Excellent for the budget conscious beaders just like me .
beadelle wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 4:02 AM
great ideas, pity it won't open. keeps telling me file is damaged
Gyspy Mary wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 2:14 PM
I just want to say "Thanks,BD" for the Free Patterns. On a fixed income they save the day. I don't ever end up with anything that looks like the pattern:) I have fun trying them Mary
Sannie3 wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 5:52 PM
When I tried the download of the free eproject-5 necklaces, I also received a message which said that the file was damaged. Can someone assist?
Sannie3 wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 6:09 PM
I tried opening the file using Internet Explorer and it worked
LoisK@13 wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 6:17 AM
Thank for the great projects. In a time when we are all strapped for money it is nice to still be able to work on a craft that we all love. Thank you again.