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Autumn in Venice

Accent a Venetian bead necklace with filigrees and pearls

I’ve always had a soft spot for Venetian glass. Even in the most modern of designs you can sense the lush history behind the beads. This design pairs the colorful glass with the romance of filigrees and pearls, and the warm, rosy palette is perfect for fall. 

SUPPLIES

Necklace

  • 2 45 mm filigree pinwheels
  • 32 mm Venetian glass teardrop bead
  • 10 12 mm round Venetian glass beads
  • 8 12 mm round crystal pearls
  • 20 10 mm round crystal pearls
  • 9 10 mm round filigree beads
  • 8 8 mm round crystal pearls
  • 13 6 mm round crystal pearls
  • 7–15 4 mm round crystal pearls
  • 2 4 mm crystal flat backs
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 14 mm Victorian bead cap
  • 10 10 mm bead caps
  • 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pin
  • 10 crimp beads
  • 10 crimp covers
  • S-hook clasp with 2 jump rings
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
  • E-6000 adhesive

Venetian Beads from Bella Venetian Beads, bellavenetianbeads.com. Filigrees and bead caps from Kabela Design, kabeladesign.com. Pearls, crystals, clasp, and earring posts from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Tip!
COLOR NOTES: Pianeta colorato style Venetian glass beads are rubino; filigrees are antique brass; 10 mm and 12 mm crystal pearls are copper, 8 mm pearls are antique brass, and 4 mm and 6 mm pearls are antique brass and coral; flat backs are crystal copper. 
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Step 1
Apply glue to the center of a filigree pinwheel. Place a crystal flat back on the filigree and allow to dry. Make a second filigree.
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Step 2
On a decorative head pin, string a 4 mm pearl, a teardrop bead, a 14 mm bead cap, and a 6 mm pearl. Make a plain loop
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Step 3
Cut a 6-in. (15 cm) piece of beading wire. Center the pendant on the wire. Over both ends, string the bottom hole of a filigree bead. With each end, go through a side opening of the bead. On each end, string a 12 mm Venetian bead and a 10 mm bead cap. 
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Step 4
On each end, string a crimp bead and a pinwheel petal. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. Cut four 13–16-in. (33–41 cm) pieces of beading wire. On one end of each wire, string a crimp bead and a petal as shown. Go back through the crimp bead and crimp it.
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Step 5
On each end, string 12 mm, 10 mm, 8 mm, and 6 mm pearls and filigree beads in descending sizes. String 4 mm pearls until each strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length, then string a crimp bead. On each side, over both ends, string a jump ring. Check the fit and remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung, tighten the wire, and crimp the crimp bead. On one end, open a jump ring. Attach a clasp and close the jump ring.
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Step 6
Use chainnose or crimping pliers to close a crimp cover over each crimp.
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