Lemon Drop Necklace
Inspired by old Hollywood glam, this timeless necklace adds a polished pop of color to any outfit. Customize this piece however you see fit, using our combination of vintage glass beads and brass snake chain. Wear it long or short and layer on those delicate chain necklaces you’ve been collecting to make this a super statement.
- jewelry clippers or scissors
- chain nose pliers
- vintage glass beads
- brass snake chain
- gold jump rings
- crimp beads
- beading cord
Gather your tools and materials. You'll need a pair of jewelry pliers and clippers. With this necklace the sky is the limit. Play around with the beads and chain to figure out the best composition for you. You can also scroll down to the end of the tutorial to see some other ideas before you begin. We'll go over the basics of stringing beads and using crimp beads to connect them to the chain. Use these techniques to make a necklace perfect for you.
Start by stringing your beads onto the beading cord.
For our first strand we used 7 beige beads on each side of the 4 yellow beads. If you'd like to add more length you can use the small silver beads included.
Thread one of the gold crimp beads onto the beading cord.
Pull the end of the beading cord back through the crimp bead creating a small loop.
Using your pliers squish the crimp bead really tight!
Pull your beads to the side you just crimped.
Repeat the crimping process on the other side. Make sure to leave a slight gap between the beads and the crimp, this allows the necklace to bend and hang gracefully.
Clip off the excess beading cord. Make sure not to cut the loop you created.
Start a new strand with the remaining beading cord.
For the second strand we used 10 beige beads on both sides of the 6 yellow beads. Once you are happy with the layout, repeat the crimping process on both ends
Open a gold jump ring by twisting north to south.
Attach one loop from any completed strand to the jump ring.
Add one end of chain to the jump ring as well.
Close the jump ring tightly
Open another jump ring and attach the chain and bead strand together on the other end.
Repeat with the last two jump rings connecting the chain together. You can wear this necklace long or doubled up.
For a layered style, twist the necklace over your head twice.
A few other design options to consider. You can also add some leftover ribbon from the Locals Only Bangle. Whatever you choose we would love to see it, #forthemakers #makertakes.