These daisy seed bead necklaces cheer me up every time I see them. I want one for myself this spring, to add a little brightness to the world. If they make you happy too, make one for yourself or someone you love, and bring a little more sunshine into the world. They are very easy to make!
- Size 11/0 seed beads in at least 3 colors (base, petal, flower center)
- No. 2 (.45mm) silk or nylon cord with needle (pick a color that is close to the color of your petals)
- big eye needle
- bead clips
- lobster clasp
- 2 clamshell crimp beads
- 3 4mm gold jump rings
- chain nose pliers
- bent chain nose pliers
Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Plan out your necklace
Decide how long you want your necklace to be, and make sure you have enough beads. My necklace is 18 inches (about 19 with the clasp and jump ring).
Also, figure out how long you want each section of beads to be between each of the flowers. Anywhere from half an inch to an inch and a half looks pretty good. I have to see it to make a decision so I usually just start stringing beads and try out different lengths. My flowers are an inch apart in the blue/white/yellow necklace, and an inch and a quarter apart in the green/pink/red one.
- Cut your cord
Unwind the cord end without the needle, thread the cord through the beading needle, and test that you can thread each color of your beads onto the cord. You’re going to have to go through your petal beads twice to make the flowers, so test that out as well.
If you can’t thread them, you’re going to need to use the attached needle, since the cord won’t need to be doubled over in order to thread the needle. Cut a length of cord about 30 inches long, either with or without the needle.
- Start stringing the beads
Thread your cord through your needle. Then tie two surgeons’ knots on top of each other at the end without the needle. Slide a clamshell crimp bead onto your cord to cover the knot, and use your chain nose pliers to gently squeeze it closed around your knot. Now you can start stringing your base color beads.
It helps not to drink too much caffeine before you do this, and to have good lighting. I like to have a ruler out as well to check my measurements as I go along.
- How to make the daisies — the first part
Once you have reached the spot for your first flower, thread four beads of your flower petal color onto the cord, and then one of the flower center color. Slide them down so they are snug with the other beads, then slide your needle back through the first petal bead and pull the cord snug.
- How to make the daisies — the second part
Slide another two petal beads onto your cord. Now slide your needle up through the bead just before your flower center bead. Pull the cord snug. I like to spend a minute adjusting the beads and the tightness of the cord to make sure my flower looks good.
- Continue adding beads
Keep stringing your beads, evenly spacing your flowers, until you reach your desired necklace length. Then slide a clamshell crimp bead onto the cord.
- Tie your second knot and cover
Cut the cord so you have about 4 to 5 inches left past your clamshell. Using your awl and this technique (I love this site by the way — it’s worth checking out Jessica’s other videos and posts), tie 3 overhand knots on top of each other and snug with the clamshell. Make sure your beads are snug before you tie your knots here! Close the clamshell with your chain nose pliers.
- Attach your lobster clasp
Open a jump ring with your chain nose pliers and your bent chain nose pliers by twisting it to the side. Attach your lobster clasp to your clamshell with the jump ring, and close the jump ring.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s hard to stop making these. Playing with the color combinations is endless fun.
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