How To Use Color In Jewelry Design

by Rupa Balachandar

Although the beads appear to be strung directly onto the yarn, they're actually on a piece of beading wire. Wrap the yarn around the wire to create the braided effect.

Combine fringed yarn and glass beads to make a lively necklace and hair accessory by Rupa Balachandar

Blue is the most popular color in the western world. In these projects, blue partners with teal, green, blue-violet, and purple — the lively colors on a ceramic decanter — for an appealing palette that won't go out of style. For the dominant shades, use beads in deep aqua-blue and teal. For contrast, try using the strongest colors, purple and lime green, in small amounts, a trusted formula to follow for accents.

Although the beads appear to be strung directly onto the yarn, they're actually on a piece of beading wire. Wrap the yarn around the wire to create the braided effect.

editor s note

For ease in stringing boa yarn through a crimp bead, trim the yarn's fringe and apply clear nail polish or Dritz Fray Check to the end.

1 necklace • Determine the finished length of your necklace, (this one is 16 in./41cm), add 6 in. (15cm), and cut two pieces of beading wire to that length On each wire, string assorted glass, crystal, and 8<? and 11° seed beads until each strand is 1 in. (2.5cm) short of the desired length. Tape the ends.

2 Cut a piece of boa yarn twice as long as the wire strands. Remove the tape from one end of each beaded strand. String the yarn and each beaded strand through a crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead (see Basics, p. 8). Trim the excess yarn.

4 Wrap the yarn around each beaded strand, looping it around one strand, then the other. When you reach the last bead, remove the tape. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. String the wires and yarn through a crimp bead, crimp it, and trim the excess yarn. Attach the remaining clasp half as in step 3.

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3 On the two wires, string a bead cap, a round spacer, a crimp bead, a round spacer, and half the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. Remove the tape from the other ends and re-tape the strands so the tape is flush against the last bead on each end.

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