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.
1. Focus on the Focal
Focus your attention—and your budget—on the focal point of the necklace in these three projects:
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.
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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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