Lapis Lazuli Necklace

I have boxes filled with beads: seed beads, crystals, gemstone chips, glass beads. My bead stash is so big that I could open a small bead shop on eBay if I wanted to. However, I enjoy making jewelry with my beads, so I’m not selling them anytime soon.

As I was going through my collection, I stumbled across a bag of lapis lazuli chips. I had no idea what to do with them until I started stringing them with a few seed beads on a piece of leftover beading wire.

sample design
sample design

I liked the contrast between the blue of the lapis lazuli and the bronze of the seed beads.  Would it work as a necklace?  There’s only one way to find out: make a necklace.

Lapis Lazuli Necklace

Materials

9 lapis lazuli chips
1 tube (7g/.24oz) Toho 6/0 “E” seed beads in bronze gold
1 tube (8g/.28oz) Toho 11/0 seed beads in bronze gold
24” piece Beadalon 19 strand beading cord in satin gold
2 Beadalon gold-plated crimp tubes, size 2
2 wire guardians
7 gold-plated 5mm jump rings
1 gold-plated 4mm jump ring
1 gold-plated spring clasp

Tools

1 pair flush cutters
1 pair flat nose pliers
1 pair bent nose pliers
1 pair needle nose pliers

Instructions

String the lapis lazuli chips

String longest chip onto the center of the beading cord.

Once the bead is centered on the cord, string two 11/0 seed beads (one on each side of the chip).

Keeping the pattern centered on the cord, string the next two longest chips and two 11/0 seed beads on the cord (one of each on each side).

Continue the pattern until all chips have been used. There should be one 11/0 seed bead on each end of the lapis lazuli pattern.

Center the pattern on the cord.

Your necklace should look like this:

chipsbeadscentered
lapis lazuli pattern centered on beading cord

String the seed beads

String the following pattern on each side of the necklace: 6/0 seed bead, 11/0 seed bead.

Continue until approximately 3” from the end of the beading cord after stringing the 11/0 seed bead.

Finish the necklace

String a 6/0 seed bead, a crimp tube, another 6/0 seed bead and a wire guardian.

Thread the end of the cord through the other side of the wire guardian, the first 6/0 seed bead, and the crimp tube.

Slightly pull the cord tight with the bent nose pliers. Gently squeeze the crimp tube with the needle nose pliers.

Cut the excess cord with the flush cutters up to the middle of the second 6/0 seed bead. Tuck the tip of the cord into the 6/0 seed bead.

Repeat on the other side.

Your necklace should look like this:

 

almost done
almost done

Next, open the jump rings with the flat nose and bent nose pliers. Determine where you would like to place the jump rings on each end of the necklace.

Attach the set of jump rings on each side of the necklace, leaving 4mm jump ring open for the clasp. Attach clasp to 4mm jump ring.  Close jump ring.

Here is the finished product:

finished

Here are close-up images of the clasp and the beads:

You could make a similar design with any leftover beads that you may have, especially if you combine them with seed beads.

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Spinster Simone 🙂