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Delicate bloom necklace

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Use an orchid preserved in resin as your focal point (with round purple beads to match) to create this delicate necklace. Orchids represent love, beauty, and strength, and the flowers are preserved in resin by a group of women in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

necklace, 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 44–56 mm orchid pendant
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 10 mm round beads
  • 15–19 5 mm pearls
  • 4 4 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 7 in. (18 cm) chain, 2 mm links
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 3 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring


  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers

Orchid pendants, dyed jade beads, and clasps from Silver in Style, Beads from Dakota Stones, 866.871.1990, Check your local bead store for supplies.

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Step 1
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Step 2
1.  Cut a 1–2-in. (2.5–5 cm) piece of chain. Cut two more pieces, each 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) longer than the previous piece. On a head pin, string a 5 mm pearl and make the first half of a wrapped loop.  Make three bead units. Attach each bead unit to a chain and complete the wraps.

2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop and attach each of the dangles. Complete the wraps. Make the first half of a wrapped loop, attach the loop of an orchid pendant, and complete the wraps.
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Step 3
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step 4

3. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center the pendant. On each end, string a pearl and three 10 mm beads. Repeat the pattern until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

4. On one end, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire.

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step 5

5. On each end, make a folded crimp and trim the excess wire. Use chainnose or crimping pliers to close a crimp cover over each crimp.

For instructions on how to make a matching bracelet and earrings, please download the pdf!

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