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When making any necklace there are a couple of things that must be decided. First is how you will make the necklace. Hopefully, in the prior pages we have described the how. This section will try to address the what. What materials will you use and what will the necklace look like. The most simple necklace design is a single strand of just one type of bead. We actually don't recommend this style of necklace, but we do recommend a slight modification to that design -- a necklace with just two types of beads. In this case a classic pearl necklace looks great with pearl beads separated by much smaller seed beads. The seed beads provide spacing between the pearl beads and make it look like the classic hand strung pearl necklace. Personally, we like seed beads that are the same color as the clasp that you use, either a silver or gold clasp works with crystal S/L or gold/topaz S/L seed beads. The seed beads used in the necklace shown here are size 8 seed beads and this is a good size -- not too small and not too large. Please see our item 0980 for use with a silver clasp and item 0981 for use with a gold clasp. The main beads in this simple necklace can be 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm or even larger. We are going to call these main bead "background beads".
While a classic pearl necklace with just pearl beads separated by seed beads will go with most outfits, sometimes you want something with a little more style. To do this we add color and composition by adding focal beads. This is the next step up in necklace complexity. Instead of just two bead, you will now use three beads. In the case of the necklace shown here, the focal beads are our Rainbow AB beads in cobalt blue glass, item 3461 in our Internet store. This necklace is made by spacing a focal bead evenly along a strand of our background beads all separated by seed beads. (For we call the basic beads "background" beads because they form the background for the necklace.) The spacing can be a focal bead for every 2, 3, 4, 5, or more background beads and all background beads and focal beads are separated from one another by size 8 seed beads. Your background beads can be 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, or 10mm. The focal beads need to be eye catching and can be any size. For the necklace shown in the pictures on this page we used the following components:
Here is a matrix of other combinations of beads that will also work to make a similar necklace with our Blue Rainbow AB beads, item 3461 as focal beads.
These instructions continue on the next page with other necklace designs.
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