About This Design
Time: Approximately 1-2 hours
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping Knowledge)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $50-60 as shown.
Inspired by the geometric shapes, link chain, the return of gold, and
some very find beads in my stash--I devised a very unique lariat
necklace featuring a lemon quartz drop, a handcrafted wire toggle,
pearls and citrine beads. Make your own variation using any
pearls, gemstone beads, and a crystal or stone bead drop.
Want to learn how to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself? Let's get started!
Notes: Decide how long you want your handcrafted necklace to be.
I went for a standard 16 inch length (plus drop), so I have about 14 inches of oval link chain, and
will make enough beaded chain to complete the remaining few inches.
- 1 focal drop bead. I used a large faceted lemon quartz
teardrop bead, but any drop crystal or briolette shaped bead will
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- Approximately 12-16 inches of bulk gold link chain (I used base
metal gold-toned chain, but 14KT gold-filled will work). The
amount of chain you will use will depend on the finished length and
how much beaded chain you incorporate into your own design. Bulk
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- 6 gold-filled headpins, thin gauge to fit through bead
holes in pearls and citrine beads
- 2 gold bead cap (for the top and bottom of the focal drop bead)
- 14 assorted pearl beads (or beads of choice)
- 2 faceted citrine beads (or beads of choice)
- 14KT Gold-filled wire in thin gauge to fit through pearl bead
holes (about 24 gauge) and thicker gauge to make the toggle (about
20 -22 gauge)
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Begin making the Pendant Drop
Cut about 4 inches of your bulk gold chain. Let's start by making the focal pendant.
Slide a bead cap, focal bead, and bead cap onto a long headpin.
Make a closed wire loop, attaching the bead drop to the bottom of the
you need help wire wrapping a loop, just follow these instructions.
TIP - If your focal bead is a top-drilled bead or briolette, follow
Next, using headpins, attach pearls and other beads randomly along
the chain above the drop bead, with closed wire loops. I attached
three pearls and two faceted citrine beads about every three links.
Make the toggle
Cut a one inch length of cable chain. Decide how large you want the
diameter of the toggle to be. It should easily fit over the focal bead,
but not be so large that the beads might fall out of it. I made my toggle
just a little larger than my focal drop bead. Wrap the wire around any
round form such as a small bottle or hairbrush handle. Form a round shape
in the wire, then bend one end of wire up at a right angle to create a stem, and
wrap the "tail" piece of wire around the stem a few times. Using
the stem, form a wire loop and attach the end to the one inch length of cable
chain, then close the loop, wrapping the wire back around the stem. Cut
off remaining wire and tuck in any rough ends with your flush cutters.
Begin making and attaching beaded chain to cable chain
I made my design asymmetrical, meaning I didn't use the exact number
of pearls in the same placement on either side of my necklace.
Your finished design is totally up to you. Using the technique to
make beaded chain (click here for instructions), attach several pearl
beads together and attach them to the length of cable chain with the
toggle. Continue alternating cable chain and pearl chain until you
have the necklace at the desired length, and attach the final end of the
pearl chain to the beaded drop.
That's it. Your one-of-a-kind lariat is ready to wear!
Matching Jewelry Set
This lariat looks great with other gold jewelry. Try these additional
and Tourmaline Earrings
Citrine and Crystal Bracelet