Two More Spiral Necklaces and a Button Bundle

Busy, busy, busy. That’s been me for the last 2 weeks.

First, I had to take a time out for hubby’s family reunion which was two weekends ago. Friday through Sunday. Of course, the Queen Procrastinator that I am, I had lots to still do on the days leading up to it. So, hard as it was to neglect my beads, no crafting got done.

I had been working on the lavender spiral necklace I told you about. And was just about finished when I felt the urge to rip it apart. Something just wasn’t right. I liked it when I started. I hated it when I was near the end. I think it was the color. Too much lavender.

Here’s the old one. The one I took apart.

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Here’s the 2nd version. I am happy with this one.

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Using the dark plum (almost black) iridescent core beads also as spiral beads balanced the lavender color. And I added a separate strand of black Swarovski crystals. Large rondelles and smaller round crystals. With lavender seed beads as a filler.

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Both necklaces measure 54″. Over the head style for the spiral rope and a silver clasp on the crystal strand.

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I created this “Button Bundle” to gather all the strands together. Button can be worn anyplace on the necklace. I took photos of the button at the bottom and on the side.

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To make the Button Bundle, I strung 8/0 seed beads in the back and through the button holes. And sewed them to a silver magnet.

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Easy on, easy off. Move it wherever you want. Cool, huh!! Just one of the many ideas floating around inside my head. It probably works best with huge buttons. To hide the magnet.


I also made this lime and plum spiral necklace. Using 8/0 seed beads. Core beads are plum. And lucky me!! I had round glass plum beads which matched perfectly with the plum seed beads. So I made a separate strand with the glass beads.

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Both strands measure 46″. Over the head style for the spiral necklace and a silver clasp for the strand of plum glass beads.

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You would think I’d be tired of the spiral stitch about now. Nope. Not. I am going to make up more. As soon as I decide which color will be the core and which colors will be the spiral.

Pink Hot Butterfly, My New Watchface Necklace

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Whew!! All done.

Took 3 days on and off to make two necklaces with watchfaces and metal butterflies. I am only showing you this one, Pink Hot, since I need to retake the photos on the other one.

I started off with this silver metal butterfly. I wanted it to be the focal point. I added one of my recycled watchfaces in black. Then I weaved through the butterfly a ball and chain to hang the brass bell. Used gold plated chain links, oval shaped. To balance the left side, I added a couple of black 11/0 seedbead loops and dangled 2 tiny keys.

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For the peyote tubes, I made two of each color. Gunmetal gray, hot pink and black. Used 8/0 Dyna-mites from Fire Mountain Gem and Beads. (14 seedbeads across/9 rows) The tubes slide over the chain. Can be grouped together or spaced further apart.

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I will probably list this necklace at Etsy. Here are my Etsy-ready photos.

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Necklace measures 22″.


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Original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please do not copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Thanks.

I Have A Lot To Show You… So Go Get Some Snacks

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First off. Here is another beaded collar/cowl I made from the royal blue Bead Soup mix. Believe it or not, there’s still a bit left. And after making that huge bracelet and ring. Now here are matching necklace and earrings to add to the set. And I found a better name. Royal Nights. Ha!! Isn’t that better? Royal for the predominate color. Nights since you wouldn’t be all glammed up before 5pm.

Oh… I forgot to tell you about the earrings. I spent one whole day learning how to make Winged Beads. Yep, I am still teaching myself techniques from that same book. Mastering Beadwork, by Carol Huber Cypher. Pages 198-200. Using brick stitch and a picot edging. Of course, I changed it up and put my own spin to it.

And you know how excited I get when learning something new. I went kind of crazy. First I made the royal blue ones. Then peach.

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Then made a peach necklace with a couple of the Winged Beads. And the neat thing. They are reversible. Can wear them with the peach side showing or the ivory side. Cool, huh? I am calling the set Peach Ice.

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Steampunk? No, I haven’t forgotten about it. I am leading up to it with all this extra learning. I’ll get there. In fact, I have a bunch of stuff already lined up. I showed you some of it. Here’s something you haven’t seen.

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And chain links. Don’t know why I had to buy these coiled ones in every color the store had. It isn’t finished. Just my model modeling it.

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I retook photos of my One-Eyed Steampunk earrings. I think these are better.

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Well, I think that’s it. I think I am all caught up.

New Necklace Is A Beaded Cowl or Collar

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Just finished this necklace last night. I have to tell ya. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this design. But as I kept beading, the vision became clearer. I knew what embellishments were needed and how to finish off the ends to add the clasp.

The idea for this necklace came from the Fan Earrings I made from the book, Mastering Beadwork by Carol Huber Cypher. Using the same technique. Stringing wire and brick stitch.

Before Embellishment
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After Embellishment
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Clasp Added
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Here’s how the necklace looks with the fan earrings.

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And with the two bracelets made from the same Bead Soup mix.

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I have enough of this seed bead mixture left to make a couple more things. I am really liking mixing up seed beads. I never thought to do it until now. Normally I work with solid colors, but I like the variety of the mixed look.

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Forever 5: My New Jewelry Line

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Forever 5. This is what I am calling my jewelry line with the watchfaces. I thought about it. A lot. And I think it perfectly describes what I am making.

This necklace took several days to make. Lots of trial and error and starting over. I selected this watchface to practice my “surround” stitches. Not netting. Don’t know what you would call what I ended up doing.

I started off with a 2-row brick stitch base to go around the side. 8/0 black seed beads.

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For the bottom, I made a peyote circle. This took hours since I wanted it to align with the beads around the side base. It took me 4 attempts to get it perfect!!

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Next, I added a silver picot edging, sewing under the “bridges” of the black base.

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Then I added a black picot edging, going in and out of the silver metal frame around the watchface. And created a peyote bail (11/0 seed beads) for hanging.

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Here’s the beginnings of the necklace. Using 8/0 seed beads in black, topaz, bronze and clear. Larger topaz glass beads separate the seed bead sections. And 2mm sterling silver beads ease the transition from one to the other.

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To finish off the look and bring in the topaz color of the beads in the necklace, I added a 3rd picot edging, sewing into the brick stitch base.

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For the clasp, I used a toggle bar with topaz Swarovski crystals on the tips. And a sprocket for the toggle ring.

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And done!!

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Supplies used for this necklace.

  • 8/0 seed beads
  • 11/0 seed beads
  • glass rondelle beads
  • 2mm sterling silver round beads
  • 5mm silver plated round beads
  • sprocket for toggle ring
  • toggle bar with Swarovski crystals on tips
  • jumprings (welded and open)
  • watchface
  • crimps and crimp covers

This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. Please do not copy or post anywhere without my permission. Thanks.

Steampunk Watchface Earrings

65 cents for a screw!! Outrageous!!

Tiny. Teeny tiny even. So small you need tweezers to pick them up. I say they should be a nickel and no more. The guy at Ace Hardware said they are stainless steel so that is why they cost more.

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And I am working on a necklace. Here’s a glimpse of it.

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Teaching Myself Peyote Circles

Squares, tubes… and now I know how to make peyote circles. Thanks to this great book by Carol Huber Cypher. Mastering Beadwork, A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques.

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I taught myself how to make these circles by following along with the instructions on pages 64-68.

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The first two were laughable. You won’t see them. I took them apart already. 🙂

One thing you should know, if you make these. Do go back through the first 3 seed beads at least once. Or the thread will be really loose in the center and enlarges as you go. At least, that is what happened to me on two of them. One exception: When I wanted to insert a button in the center, I didn’t reinforce the starting beads. As you can see in this photo.

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I made two pairs of earrings. One with buttons and one set without. I like them both.

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The necklace is still a work in progress. Several more hours of designing. Will show you when finished. See the 2 long black metal buttons. I have had them since the 60’s. Can’t remember what they were on. Probably a coat. I am going to try to incorporate one, maybe both, into my design.

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