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Ocean jasper necklace

Use two needles to string a necklace that speaks as much to the changing tides of the ocean as it does to the changing colors of the season!
Budget option

Budget option: 
Shell disk beads are a great alternative to the jasper disks. Also, try using 11/0 seed beads instead of the 2mm silver beads. If you use 11/0s, they’ll be small enough to fit inside the hole of the disk beads, so you’ll need to work a square stitch to anchor them on each side of the disk bead.

There are as many types of jasper as there are places around the globe to find it. Some jaspers are layers of petrified mud, while others started out as gasses trapped in molten lava. As of yet, the cause of ocean jasper’s orbicular pattern (those pretty dots) is still a mystery and until the late 1990s, so was its source. We now know that the stone is found in the ocean off an isolated stretch of the Madagascan coast — hence the name, ocean jasper. 

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 20mm wavy disk ocean jasper beads (Lima Beads, limabeads.com)
  • 3 24-in. (61cm) strands 2mm square silver-plated brass beads (Bodacious Beads)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • 2–4 4–6mm jump rings
  • 2 4–6mm soldered jump rings
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers (optional)
  • beading needles, #12

bracelet

  • 20mm wavy disk ocean jasper bead (Lima Beads)
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 9–15mm graduated flat ocean jasper pebble beads (Lima Beads)
  • 2 24-in. (61cm) strands 2mm square silver-plated brass beads (Bodacious Beads)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • 2–4 4–6mm jump rings
  • 2 4–6mm soldered jump rings
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers (optional)
  • beading needles, #12
INSTRUCTIONS

 

Necklace

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1. Lay out 11 disk beads in a pleasing arrangement. Cut 2 yd. (1.8m) of Fireline and thread a needle on each end.
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2. On one needle, pick up five 2mm beads and a soldered jump ring, centering them on the thread. With the working needle, retrace the thread path twice.
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3. Pull the beads into a tight ring. Over both needles, pick up ten 2mms. 
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4. On each needle, pick up six 2mms. Cross both needles through a disk bead and pull tight.

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5. With one needle, sew through the last 2mm picked up on that side, going through the bead in the same direction as the last needle did. Repeat on the other side. This anchors a 2mm on each side of the disk. 
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6. Pull everything tight to omit gaps. On each needle, pick up five 2mms. Over both needles, pick up two 2mms.
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7. Repeat steps 4–6 until you’ve added all 11 disk beads. To complete the last repeat, pick up ten 2mms instead of two over both needles. 
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8. On one needle, pick up five 2mms and a soldered jump ring. Sew through them again in the same direction. 

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9. Use the other needle to sew through the ring of beads and jump ring in the opposite direction. Then, sew into the beadwork with both needles. Pull tight, and end the working threads and tails.
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10. On one end, open a jump ring and attach half of the clasp. Repeat on the other end, adding jump rings for extra length, if desired. (My necklace is 16 in./41cm.)
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Want a matching bracelet? View our free, downloadable project PDF for bracelet step-by-step instructions and accompanying photos!
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