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Say "yes" to orange

Say yes to orange necklace

It’s not that I don’t like orange and its range — from squashy, peachy, sherbet hues to the gleeful Halloween version. I have orange seed beads and resin beads and glass beads. But the closest I come to regular use of orange is copper wire and a few crystals. I don’t wear orange. (Makes me look icky.) 

When I was challenged to bead outside my color comfort zone, I really needed to embrace the orange. I kept the techniques simple and focused. And I have to admit it: I love the results.

Let yourself be free to play and explore. Keep trying new things--or, not. Know yourself, but don’t limit yourself. You never know what will suddenly spark your creativity.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 25 in. (64 cm)

  • 8 30 mm disk beads
  • 7 15 mm round beads
  • 18 10 mm round beads
  • 2 g 6/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • crimp bead
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • 4 mm large-hole bead (optional)

 Orange Lucite beads from The Beadin’ Path, beadinpath.com. Disk beads from Estate Beads, estatebeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.


INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center an alternating pattern of eight disks and seven 15 mm beads on the wire.

2. On each side, string a 10 mm round bead and three 6/0 seed beads. Repeat eight times. String  6/0s until the strand is the finished length.

3. On one end, string a crimp bead. If desired, string a large-hole bead that will cover the crimp.
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4. String the end with the crimp bead through a few 6/0s on the other end. With the other end, string the crimp bead and a few adjacent 6/0s. Tighten the wire and crimp the crimp bead.

 
Ideas for coordinating bracelets
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These bracelets complement the orange and black necklace without being too "matchy-matchy."

SUPPLIES

  • 12–14 assorted 12–22 mm beads
  • 1 18-22 mm large-hole bead
  • ribbon elastic
  • roundnose pliers
  • E6000 adhesive
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Step 1
Decide how long you want your bracelet to be, add 4 in. (10 cm), and cut a piece of ribbon elastic to that length. String beads until the bracelet is the finished length, ending with a large-hole bead. Tie two overhand knots. Apply glue to the knot. Allow to dry.
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Step 2
Trim the ends to 1 in. (2.5 cm). Use the tip of your roundnose pliers to tuck each end into the large-hole bead.

 

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