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Peanut bead necklace

Unique beads lend texture and substance to right-angle weave

The clean lines and geometric shapes that define Art Deco inspired me to design this necklace. Incorporating peanut beads, with their rounded ends, allows the beadwork a soft drape while maintaining a stylish edge. 

As with many styles of seed beads, you’ll want to cull your peanut beads, and discard any that are misshapen. Work with comfortable lengths of Fireline, ending and adding thread as needed.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 3 10 mm sew-on crystals (indicolite)
  • 50–60 g 2 x 4 mm peanut beads (nickel plated)
  • 5-strand clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Tip!
To make a matching bracelet, work a section as in step 1 of “Centerpiece” with five stitches per row for five rows. Center a crystal, and stitch it in place. On one side of the section, work a strip off of the first two rows that is two stitches wide and five stitches long. Repeat off of the last two rows, then connect the strips as in step 3 of “Neck straps.” Repeat to the desired length, and add a clasp as for the necklace.

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