Beadwork, June/July 2018 Fast & Fabulous: Modern Romance

This collection of necklace designs from Beadwork June/July 2018 is the very epitome of modern romance, with the use of soft colors, pretty florals, and frilly ribbons and fabric.

modern romance

Summer Daisies by Debbie Blair
Make this sweet necklace design by pairing a pretty floral ribbon with a botanic-themed pendant and strands of pearls in matching colors.

Techniques:
Crimping
Stringing

Materials:
56 lime green 4×5mm potato pearls
4 cream 8mm crystal pearl rounds
4 cream 11×12mm baroque crystal pearls
1 cream 37mm floral-print ceramic pendant
1 copper-plated 18mm toggle clasp
2 copper-plated 8mm jump rings
4 gold 2mm crimp tubes
13 1/2″ of copper-colored aluminum 17×24mm textured twisted oval chain
19 1/2″ of light green/white/yellow 2 1/2″ wide organza wired ribbon with daisy pattern
22″ of gold .014 beading wire
Clear jewelry adhesive (optional)

Tools:
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers
Scissors
Wire cutters
Crimping pliers
Finished size: 22″

DEBBIE BLAIR is the former editor of Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines. She currently enjoys the challenge of teaching art and jewelry classes in her local community. See what she’s up to at www.pinkdahliacreative.com.


modern romance

Love Is in the Air by Anne Perry
Think beyond hearts and flowers when creating a piece with romantic flair! Combine sweet birds with rustic wood beads strung on tan linen cord for a lighthearted necklace design.

Techniques:
Stringing
Knotting

Materials:
61 marbled opaque avocado size 8° seed beads
28 pink/copper size 6° seed beads
4 fuchsia 6×8mm pressed-glass bellflowers
1 red/gold Picasso 13×11mm pressed-glass bicone bead
3 rose/Picasso 13×18mm pressed-glass flat ovals
11 deep red 7×16mm wood rectangles
3 cream/red 18×23mm ceramic birds
1 deep red 22mm vintage plastic button
1 gold/rose/teal 26×51mm stamped and painted metal pendant/button
1 antiqued brass 22mm hammered brass ring
68″ of tan 1mm waxed linen cord

Tools:
Scissors

Finished size: 21″

ANNE PERRY is a professional educator who lives in Southern California. She has been beading in her spare time ever since her best friend cleaned out her craft closet and gave Anne all of her beads.


modern romance

Boldly Romantic by Deb Floros
Chunky ceramic rounds and a vintage-looking focal combine with floral details to create a modern statement necklace with a bit of feminine flair.

Techniques:
Stringing
Crimping
Gluing

Materials:
1 g silver size 11° seed beads
1 clear 3mm rhinestone chaton
14 salmon 20mm ceramic polka-dotted rounds
2 silver 5×4mm spacers
17 silver 6×3mm rondelles with rhinestone inlay
1 silver-plated 35mm filigree
1 silver-plated 68mm 12-leaf stamping
28 silver 8×2mm round bead caps
28 silver 12×3mm floral bead caps
1 silver-plated 25mm ornate toggle clasp
2 silver-plated 2mm crimp tubes
1 silver 9mm vintage rhinestone button
3″ of silver-plated 3×4mm unsoldered cable chain
23″ of .018 beading wire
Jewelry adhesive
Toothpicks

Tools:
Wire cutters
Crimping pliers
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers

Finished size: 20″ (with 3 1/4″ focal)

DEB FLOROS has had a passion for making jewelry since 2008. Most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and are sold online at Deb Luvs Jewelry Designs on Etsy and Amazon. Deb also hosts a Facebook Live jewelry variety show and currently resides in Cave Creek, Arizona, with her husband and two nutty cats.


modern romance

She Walks in Beauty by Debbie Blair
Inspired by the Lord Byron poem of the same name, this feminine and flirty necklace design combines an assortment of wood, nut, and gemstone beads in dreamy colors with a soft ribbon accent.

Techniques:
Stringing
Crimping

Materials:
8 ivory size 8° seed beads
46 mottled gray 4mm pressed-glass rounds
3 pink agate 15×20mm faceted ovals
27 unfinished wood 6mm rounds (small)
1 unfinished wood 20mm round (large)
1 gray 23mm wood round
1 light pink 38×32mm resin flower cabochon
1 cream 13×21mm tagua nut oval
2 cream 12×20mm diamond-cut faceted tagua nut barrels
1 matte gold 27×35mm filigree pendant
8 silver 2mm crimp tubes
2 silver 9×5mm ribbon crimp ends
1 yellow-and-blush pink 33″ crinkled silk 1/2″ wide ribbon
33″ of.014 beading wire
Jewelry adhesive

Tools:
Scissors
Flat-nose pliers
Wire cutters
Crimping pliers

Finished size: 19″ (adjustable)

DEBBIE BLAIR is the former editor of Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines. She currently enjoys the challenge of teaching art and jewelry classes in her local community. See what she’s up to at www.pinkdahliacreative.com.


modern romance

Stitched with Love by Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Rustic metal components meld with pretty floral fabric to create this modern necklace, which showcases both the fragility and resilience of the heart.

Techniques:
Simple wireworking
Knotting

Materials:
9 poppy jasper 8×5mm rondelles
4 brass 3.5mm faceted cube beads
8 antiqued copper 7×2mm heishi
1 rusted iron 42×42mm heart pendant with center holes
9 antiqued copper 22-gauge 2″ eye pins
15 brass 5mm jump rings (small)
3 brass 7mm jump rings (medium)
1 brass 10mm jump ring (large)
1 copper-plated 4×12mm leather cord crimp end
12″ of antiqued copper-plated ball chain
10″ of black/pink/red/green floral bias binding
40″ of red 1.5mm distressed leather cord
8″ of antiqued copper 20-gauge wire
Jewelry adhesive

Tools:
Scissors
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Crimping pliers
Wire cutters

Finished size: 24″

KRISTINA HAHN ELENIAK is a Canadian designer and the creative force and founder of Peacock & Lime. With a love for color and a passion for old things and good stories, she loves to create pieces that combine visual aesthetics and intention with the goal of evoking an emotional response in the individuals who wear them.


modern romance

Boho Bouquet by Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Vintage femininity showcased through a pressed-flower pendant gets an updated, bohemian look thanks to the addition of soft deerskin leather and bright color-coordinating beads.

Techniques:
Simple wireworking
Knotting

Materials:
8 rose water Picasso 8×6mm fire-polished rondelles
1 clear-and-fuchsia 28×42mm oval glass orb pendant with dried flowers
10 bloodstone and garnet 4mm rounds
1 silver-plated 12×7mm lobster clasp
8 antiqued silver 22-gauge 1 1/2″ eye pins
6 antiqued silver 4mm jump rings
3 antiqued silver 6mm jump rings
1 pewter 4×12mm leather cord crimp end
42″ of brown 3mm deerskin leather
3″ of antiqued silver 22-gauge wire

Tools:
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Crimping pliers
Wire cutters
Scissors

Finished size: 24″

KRISTINA HAHN ELENIAK is a Canadian designer and the creative force and founder of Peacock & Lime. With a love for color and a passion for old things and good stories, she loves to create pieces that combine visual aesthetics and intention with the goal of evoking an emotional response in the individuals who wear them.


modern romance

Romance à Versailles by Rejetta Sellers
Add a touch of romance with layers of soft pink ribbon and pearls around a pretty ceramic pendant. Use mixed metals and vintage mother-of-pearl buttons to lend contrast to the softer, more feminine elements.

Techniques:
Simple wireworking
Handsewing

Materials:
1 brown 64×40mm ceramic pendant with Marie Antoinette image
1 pale pink 21mm vintage resin rose bead
1 brass 20×31mm hook clasp
2 brass 5mm etched jump rings
2 brass 8mm etched jump rings
2 brass 3mm vintage cup chain connectors
16″ of pale rose 1″ wide vintage sari silk ribbon
1 mother-of-pearl 11mm vintage button
1 mother-of-pearl 13mm vintage button
1 mother-of-pearl 28mm vintage button
2 1/2″ of brass/pink moonstone 3mm vintage jointed cup chain
2″ of brass 3×4mm cable chain
2″ of brass 4×6mm ladder chain
11 3/4″ of brass 3×9mm fancy oval chain (small)
8″ of faux pearl 8×13mm vintage beaded chain
11″ of antiqued gold 11×15mm etched flat oval chain (large)
4″ of patina brass 24-gauge wire
5″ of gold-filled 24-gauge wire

Tools:
Wire cutters
Scissors
Sewing needle and thread
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers

Finished size: 21″

Option:
Use similar techniques to make matching earrings.

REJETTA SELLERS homeschools her two kiddos during the day. In her spare time, she creates jewelry and sculpts rustic beads from polymer clay. Find her work at www.jettabugjewelry.etsy.com.


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