Make A Necklace With Blue And White Beads

Do you have a lot of blue and white outfits in your wardrobe? Jewelry is one way to dress up any ensemble, and this hub will show you how to make a simple necklace with blue and white beads. Here are the supplies I used for this project:

  • beading wire
  • jewelry pliers for cutting beading wire
  • jewelry pliers for wrapping beading wire
  • blue seed beads
  • fake white pearl beads
  • fake light blue pearl beads
  • one blue shell bead

However, select any supplies your wish because this will be your own personalized creation. The fake white pearls used for this necklace were small white shells with holes drilled in the middle, but white acrylic beads also work well. I made a pattern with the beads, which created and simple and interesting necklace. Handmade jewelry makes a creative and thoughtful gift and I gave this particular necklace to my sister for Christmas.

Create a simple and pretty necklace with blue and white beads.
Create a simple and pretty necklace with blue and white beads.

Step One: Add A Blue Shell Bead As The Pendant

A blue shell bead will be used in place of a pendant for this necklace.
A blue shell bead will be used in place of a pendant for this necklace.

Use the jewelry pliers to cut the desired length of beading wire needed for the necklace. I cut off about sixteen inches of beading wire, which was a good starting point. For this necklace I decided to use a blue shell bead in place of a pendant because I loved its iridescence and irregular shape. Buy a large package of shell beads for inspiration because you never know what you will find.

Step Two: Add Two Blue Seed Beads

Add a blue seed bead to each side of the necklace.
Add a blue seed bead to each side of the necklace.

Add a blue seed bead on each side of the blue shell pendant. The blue seed beads are reflective of other colors, and make great accent beads for the necklace. Many crafters have seed beads stored in their crafting supplies, so you might as well use these up for this project.

Step Three: Add Two Fake Light Blue Pearl Beads

Add a fake light blue pearl bead to each side of the necklace.
Add a fake light blue pearl bead to each side of the necklace.

The next step in the pattern is to add a fake light blue pearl bead to each side of the necklace. These fake light blue pearl beads are acrylic and made in the USA, but use any beads that I have in my crafting supplies. I enjoy making a pattern when creating my necklaces, but keep in mind this will be your personalized creation.

Step Four: Add Two More Blue Seed Beads

Add two more blue seed beads to the necklace.
Add two more blue seed beads to the necklace.

Continue the pattern by adding a blue seed bead to each side of the necklace. The seed beads are the accent beads in this necklace because of the pretty blue reflective colors.

Step Five: Repeat The Beading Pattern

Repeat the beading pattern.
Repeat the beading pattern.

The easiest way to make a simple piece of jewelry is the use pretty beads and to continue the same beading pattern up both sides of the necklace. However, feel free to experiment with the pattern, or do not follow a pattern at all. This is your necklace, after all!

Step Six: Continue With The Beading Pattern

This is what the necklace looks like when half-way completed.
This is what the necklace looks like when half-way completed.

This is what the beading pattern looks like when half-way completed. Even if you follow this pattern your necklace would like slightly different because everyone will be using different beads.

Step Seven: Finish The Beading Pattern

Finish beading the necklace.
Finish beading the necklace.

Finish the beading pattern when the desired length is reached. My necklace measure about thirteen inches in length before I added the clasp. However, make sure the necklace is long to go around the entire circumference of your neck before added the finally clasp.

Final Step: Add The Barrel Clasp

Add the barrel clasp to both ends of the necklace.
Add the barrel clasp to both ends of the necklace.

Use the jewelry pliers designed for wrapping wire to attach the barrel clasp to each side of the necklace. This is done by making a knot to secure the barrel clasp on each end of the beading wire. Next, use the jewelry pliers designed for cutting to remove the excess beading wire. Now it is time to enjoy wearing your beautiful new necklace, or give it to a special friend.

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Oh, my goodness, this is gorgeous! The last time I made jewelry was in Junior High School and it was a pair of earrings. I am not very artistic, but.... there is a possibility I could make a necklace for myself, just for the fun of it. I love topaz and was seeing in my mind's eye a topaz bead and smaller stones.

Thanks for the inspiration!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Violet Sun,

Thank you for saying that :). I am sure you could make some beautiful jewelry.  One hubber C.S. Alexis actually has sold jewelry in the past, so it is possible to do that to.  One of my co-worker's has a friend who makes many pretty necklaces and sells these.  Her necklaces are not overly complicated either, so I think it is possible to make necklaces for yourself, to give to friends, or even sell.  I have not got into selling necklaces yet, but it seems like a good side business for those who enjoy ebay.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

You read my mind! I was going to suggest that you sell your necklaces in Ebay... its worth a try, and since you are making them they will be unique, a niche.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I still need to get around to it, but I am still scared of ebay. Back in 2002 I tried selling a word processor on there and it did not work out. I will try again though, your suggestion give me the motivation to at least try :).


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weblog 7 years ago from 1India

It's great. You may need to add a 'how to' tag, perhaps you forgot.

I'm curious to know - do you get good SE traffic for such hubs?


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes the traffic is pretty good on the jewelry hubs. Thanks for reminding me on tags because I do overlook those :). I always appreciate your suggestions weblog :).


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hi SweetiePie, you have done a great job on the necklace and the Hub. I still have not got around to making a necklace for my wife, although I did make her a Byzantine (spelling?) bracelet for Christmas.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Hey SweetiePie,

I have been researching places to sell that necklace. There are many other options for sales. Nice job. I think a how to is a good suggestion too, keep them coming.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

You may already be familiar with Etsy, but I am posting the link here, for just in case it may help others. Pretty neat site to sell anything handmade, perhaps better than Ebay.

http://www.etsy.com/


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topstuff 7 years ago

Awesome!Its very simple.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

SP- WOW!! Another great hub about making necklaces. Glad you took Weblog's suggestion and even to me he suggests about so many good things which I am not aware so far. I also liked Violet's suggestions. She is another positive hubber who always adds positively to the comments with her suggestions.


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starrkissed 7 years ago from Arizona

This is really cute!


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

SweetiePie, you make this seem so easy and the necklace is really cute. I am not artistic at all but you should try etsy.com as violetsun suggests, my cousin makes jewerly and is now starting to sell on there. Thanks for a great hub.


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Very good step by step photos. You've made it look easy! However, I know how clumsy I am - but enjoyed reading the Hub.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Agvulpes,

That is sweet you made your wife a bracelet. You are such a thoughtful guy :0.

C.S. Alexis,

Glad to hear any more research you find out about selling jewelry.

VioletSun

I have not tried Etsy yet, but I really should. I appreciate the suggestion :).

Thanks topstuff :).

Countrywomen,

I am happy for positive hubbers such as VioletSun and weblog who try to help others. They are really nice people :). However, you are also :).

Thanks Starkissed.

Triplet Mom,

Etsy sure sounds like a good thing. I am glad you cousin is doing well on that site.

2partricias,

You are not clumsy I am sure. Thanks for stopping by :0.


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Research Analyst 7 years ago

The necklace is so beautiful, I love the powder blue color, nice idea to sell on ebay.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Research Analyst. I may try the ebay thing one day soon, but I am sure for those experienced with the site they can do very well.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

My my! That was one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. Blue was gorgeous. I really want to get into making one myself. Thx for bringing back my childhood days. Hugs!

I left a reply to your post in my hub. Thx


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it anjalichugh. I will check your post now.

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