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Cassie Donlen's Slink-a-Dink Necklace

I'm not much of a seed beader, but I have lots of friends who are and I often hear them "lamenting" their addiction to beads. I can empathize, because while I don't have the seed-bead bug, I definitely have the lampwork glass bead bug. Each one is its own little handcrafted work of art, and I will never forget the lampworking lessons I had last year. I keep buying more and more of them just like my friends buy seed beads, and even though I'm fairly sure I won't ever do it, I keep looking for ways to use them in jewelry. I have a few of those rings that let you change out the bead–brilliant idea–and I've made a few simple pendants based on that same concept–wear one bead awhile and then swap it out for a different little lampwork glass work of art.

 

Always on the lookout for ways to combine the glass beads I love with the metalwork I enjoy doing, I found this Slink-a-Dink necklace by Cassie Donlen in the JMD archives. It's a perfect project for those of us who like to work wire or metal and highlight our stash of lampwork glass beads. You can make this portion of Cassie's necklace just like she did as well as modified in a variety of ways–and then combine the segments to make a piece as unique as each lampwork glass bead.  

For more ways to use your lampwork glass beads in jewelry projects–as well as step-by-step tutorials to make glass beads of your own as well as every other jewelry-making technique you can think of–check out the eProjects sale going on now in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop! Save 30% off all jewelry-making projects (and some eBooks too!) through July 13, 2012.

The Slink-a-Dink necklace by Cassie Donlen was originally published in the June/July 2011 Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry.

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