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June birthstone: Pearl lariat

I call this my half-hour project: This sliding lariat is quick, easy to string, and great for using up a few extra large-hole beads. Depending on what you have, you can make multicolored dangles or keep it monochromatic — either way looks nice!


Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 4 12 mm large-hole pearls
  • 3 10 mm large-hole pearls
  • 2 7–8 mm large-hole pearls
  • 2 11 mm large-hole filigree beads
  • 2 8 mm large-hole metal slider beads
  • 3 11–15 mm leaf charms, with jump rings
  • 26 mm hammered ring
  • 2 20-in. (51 cm) silk ribbons, 2 cm wide
  • flexible beading wire

Ribbon from Silk Painting Is Fun, Metal beads from Nina Designs, Check your local bead store for supplies.


June birthstone Pearl lariat Step 1
Step 1
On a ribbon, string: 12 mm pearl, filigree bead, 12 mm, large-hole bead, 10 mm pearl, charm. Leave a 1-in. (2.5 cm) tail. 
June birthstone Pearl lariat Step 2
Step 2
To make a “needle”: Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of beading wire and fold it in half to make a loop. Thread the ribbon’s tail through the loop, and bring the “needle” back through the beads just strung. Make a second embellished ribbon.
June birthstone Pearl lariat Step 3
Step 3
Over the other ends of both ribbons, string a leaf charm about 3 in. (7.6 cm) from the embellishment. String each ribbon through a ring from opposite sides.
June birthstone Pearl lariat Step 4
Step 4
Over both ends, string a 10 mm pearl. On each end, string a 7–8 mm pearl and tie an overhand knot.
Sometimes I add a dot of super glue to the knots. You have to be careful — if you apply too much, the glue soaks into the ribbon and it’s not a pretty sight.
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