3 Easy Ways to Hang a Pendant

Mar 16, 2011

I was recently asked to participate in "The Best Little Bead Box," a program where artists contribute part of their stash to a box that's later auctioned off for charity. I was happy to lighten my load so I put lots of stuff in the box. Part of the deal, though, is that we could also take anything out of the box. Dangerous, especially since I've been trying to downsize in general this year. Resistance was impossible! I took one lovely strand of powdery blue acrylic flowers.

I love these flowers but realized after they'd been sitting on my worktable for a couple days that these are exactly the kind of thing that drive beaders crazy; you can't just string them in a straight line because only the side would show. Since the hole is drilled front to back, you really need to do something fancy technique-wise so the flower faces forward. So, instead of stressing out about it and regretting that I'd added one more thing to my already too-full stash, I thought I'd be proactive and figure out a few ways to string them. Here's what I came up with:

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String and Knot

This is an easy way to string this flower or any other pendant that's drilled front-to-back. Just slide the pendant onto a piece of fiber (I used a piece of raw silk), string a few beads of embellishment if desired, slide everything to the center of the fiber, and tie an overhand knot close to the top of the pendant. You can add a clasp to the ends of the fiber or simply tie a ribbon to wear it.


 

Head-pin Bail

For this version, string a bead onto a head pin and slide the head pin through the flower. Form a wrapped loop at the end of the head pin, leaving about 1/8" between the back of the flower and the wrapped-loop coils. Finally, bend the wrapped loop up so it sits flat against the back of the pendant. Make sure the wrapped loop is turned so it sits perpendicular to the pendant, allowing the component to hang straight when strung.

 

 

Kinked Crimp

I'm feeling a bit clever about this one! First, cut your beading wire to about 4" longer than your desired length. String a crimp bead, slide it to the center of the wire, and crimp it (I actually just squished mine so it would look like a flower stamen). Then pass both wire ends through a bead and through the flower's hole. String a large bead on one wire end and then string a crimp bead on both wire ends. Pull the wire ends tight so the large bead creates a "kink," in effect making a ninety-degree angle in the wire. Finally, crimp the last crimp bead strung to keep the beads in place. Now you can string beads as desired on the two wire ends to form a necklace.

Hey, now I'm excited to use these pretty flowers in a strung design! Are you looking for more great ideas for stringing beads? Subscribe to Stringing magazine, where you'll always find helpful tips and techniques for using up all those interesting beads in your stash. 

Happy beading-


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Ricki Ayer wrote
on Mar 17, 2011 6:13 AM

Jean - I know why you could not resist those flower beads - they are great.  Thank you for the bail ideas - I especially like the head pin bail.  I think this might work with a pendant I have been trying to figure out how to hang...I'm going to try it tonight.

Ricki

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