Cereus Bloom Necklace by Laura Graham

Inspired by the flowers of a night-blooming cactus, Laura Graham’s Cereus Bloom Necklace features two- and three-hole beads and sparkling crystals. Find this pattern today in Beadwork August/September 2018.

Cereus Bloom Necklace


Pattern Details

Techniques: Right-angle weave variation, circular netting, picot

Project level: Intermediate

Materials:
4 g dark mauve galvanized Duracoat size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g higher metallic amethyst size 8° Demi Round seed beads (B)
9 matte copper gold 6mm Super Khéops par Puca 2-hole triangles (C)
47 bronze copper 8×5mm 2-hole GemDuos (D)
9 metallic suede pink 10×5mm 3-hole Arcos par Puca beads (E)
9 crystal purple haze 4mm crystal bicones (F)
1 crystal purple haze 13mm (55ss) crystal chaton
9 crystal copper rainbow 2mm fire-polished rounds (G)
78 halo cherub 3mm fire-polished rounds (H)
1 copper 14×44mm hook-and-eye clasp
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Cereus Bloom Necklace

Main Colorway

Tools:
Scissors
Size 11 beading needle
Finished size: 19 1/4″

Artist’s Tips:

  • Check to make sure that there aren’t any blocked holes in each of the two- and three-hole beads before stringing them. Discard any DiamonDuos, GemDuos, or Arcos par Puca beads with blocked holes. Trying to unblock the holes can easily break these beads.
  • Switch to a smaller needle if you have trouble starting the straps.
  • The chaton can be substituted with a 14mm rivoli.
  • Use 6C in the bezel and 3mm bicones in place of the 4mm bicones to make smaller focals for earrings.

Alternate Colorways:

COPPER EARRINGS
2 g dark mauve galvanized Duracoat size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g higher metallic amethyst size 8° Demi Round seed beads (B)
12 copper gold matte 6mm Super Khéops par Puca 2-hole triangles (C)
12 copper gold 8x5mm 2-hole GemDuos (D)
12 metallic suede pink 10x5mm 3-hole Arcos par Puca beads (E)
12 crystal paradise shine 3mm crystal bicones (F)
2 violet celadon 8mm (39ss) crystal chatons
12 crystal copper rainbow 2mm fire-polished rounds (G)
There is no H in this colorway.
1 pair copper 12x25mm kidney ear wires
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Cereus Bloom Necklace copper earrings

Copper Earrings

BLUE/GREEN NECKLACE
4 g Montana-lined crystal rainbow size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g higher metallic June bug size 8° Demi Round seed beads (B)
9 petrol 6mm Super Khéops par Puca 2-hole triangles (C)
45 petrol 8x5mm 2-hole GemDuos (D)
9 metallic suede green 10x5mm 3-hole Arcos par Puca beads (E)
9 emerald 2XAB 4mm crystal bicones (F)
1 denim glacier blue 14mm (55ss) crystal chaton
9 polychrome viridian 2mm fire-polished rounds (G)
74 halo shadows 3mm fire-polished rounds (H)
1 antiqued brass 14x35mm hook-and-eye clasp
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Cereus Bloom Blue green colorway

Blue/Green Colorway

BLUE/GREEN EARRINGS
2 g Montana-lined crystal rainbow size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g higher metallic June bug size 8° Demi Round seed beads (B)
12 petrol 6mm Super Khéops par Puca 2-hole triangles (C)
12 petrol 8x5mm 2-hole GemDuos (D)
12 metallic suede green 10x5mm 3-hole Arcos par Puca beads (E)
12 emerald 2XAB 3mm crystal bicones (F)
2 denim glacier blue 8mm (39ss) crystal chatons
12 polychrome viridian 2mm fire-polished rounds (G)
There is no H in this colorway.
1 pair silver 12x25mm kidney ear wires
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Cereus Bloom Blue green colorway

Blue/Green Earrings

LAURA GRAHAM started beading in 2007 after being diagnosed with lupus. She started designing and teaching bead weaving in 2014, has been featured in many publications and advertisements, and is a proud member of the BeadSmith Inspiration Squad. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband. Contact her at www.desertstarcreations.etsy.com or at laura@desertstarcreations.com.

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