Hi friends! I have had the supplies to make this design in a basket on my table for months!
I love how the center pendant and 1 3/4″ length difference between strands gives this necklace a “Peter Pan” style collar look. It is sweet and bold yet casual enough for everyday. I used a mix of glass and acrylic beads to keep the necklace light and comfortable. All of the large faceted beads are acrylic and the rest are glass and stone.
This is the type of project that’s perfect for using up odds and ends from past projects. Since I store my beads by color it’s fun to rummage through my “bead soup” and pull beads that will work together. You can make this necklace using any kind of pendant you like and use colors that you prefer. It is the perfect excuse to dig out your beads and play! Watch the video for full step by step instructions and helpful tips!
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- Octopus charm or other charms
- Assorted Glass Beads: These beads assortments are nice and coordinate and are affordable
- Large chunky acrylic beads if desired to reduce weight
- Toggle Clasp
- Beading Wire
- Crimp Tubes
- 3-in-1 pliers
- Crimping pliers
- Beading board (or a towel to lay out your project so the beads don’t roll away)
1. Cut 2 pieces of 24″ beading wire. Add one wire through the pendant and string on a crimp tube bringing it close to the pendant and crimp to secure, repeat with the other wire.
2. Slide a large hole bead over both strands of one wire then separately string beads on each strand of wire. Make sure one strand is 1 3/4″ longer than the other. Your short strand should be around 16″-18″ if you want the peter pan collar look or longer if you prefer. Secure each strand with a crimp tube.
3. Repeat for the wire on the other side.
4. Add toggle clasp.
Other Tutorials you might like based on this technique (Slide show of linked projects below): Multi Strand Necklace (double strand connected at clasps), Triple strand necklace (Funky tutorial with DIY hot glue beads), Multi Strand Bracelet, Continuous Loop earrings (make with scraps of beading wire you cut away) and if you need more help with basic techniques you can check out my basic beading techniques video that has a time-stamped index so you can jump to the technique you need.
I hope you give this fun necklace project a try! I love saying “Oh, I made it!” when someone asks me about a piece of jewelry I am wearing beause that lets you inspire others to create! Let’s spread some craftiness and til next time happy crafting!