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Making A Necklace With A Sparkly Pendant

Updated on September 16, 2016

Do you love wearing cute jewelry, but hate paying extra for it? I adore wearing sparkling necklaces, but I can save a lot of money by making my own baubles at home. If you are looking for a cheap Christmas gift idea for a friend, perhaps you could make her a sparkly necklace with beads and pendants already in the jewelry making supplies stash. Many women adore sparkly jewelry, and something designed by a friend with an eye for fashion would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

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Learn how to make a sparkly necklace today!It was so much fun creating this shimmery necklace!
Learn how to make a sparkly necklace today!
Learn how to make a sparkly necklace today!
It was so much fun creating this shimmery necklace!
It was so much fun creating this shimmery necklace!

Making a sparkly necklace is very easy. Here are the supplies I used for this project:

  • A sparkly button for the pendant
  • Blue seed beads
  • Aquamarine stone-like beads
  • Light blue crystal beads

The other day I browsed through the button section of my jewelry supply kit and found a beautiful bead I wanted to use as a pendant. Using buttons for pendants is ideal for making shimmery necklaces. In the past, I used to choose many of the pendants available in the jewelry making part of the craft stores, but lately, I have been opting for buttons because these create more of a unique look. Take a gander at the steps below to see how I created this beautiful necklace.

Step One: Add The Sparkly Button

I used a sparkly button for the pendant.
I used a sparkly button for the pendant.

Place the sparkly button on the memory wire, which will serve as the pendant for this necklace.

Step Two: Add The Seed Beads

Put a few blue seed beads on each side of the pendant.
Put a few blue seed beads on each side of the pendant.

The seed beads serve as the accent beads for this necklace.  Put a few of this tiny blue baubles on each side of the sparkly button.

Step Three: Add The Stone Beads

Add an aquarmarine stone like bead to each side of the necklace.
Add an aquarmarine stone like bead to each side of the necklace.

For this necklace, I used acrylic fake stone beads, but you can buy the real McCoy at the crafting store. I prefer to keep down the cost involved in creating new pieces, so I tend to use what beads I have on hand. In the future, I plan on buying a few more glass and stone beads when my cache begins to run low.

Add ten seed beads to each side.
Add ten seed beads to each side.

Add ten more seed beads to each side the necklace.

Step Five: Add The Crystal Beads

Add a light blue crystal bead to each side of the chain.
Add a light blue crystal bead to each side of the chain.

Here I added an acrylic crystal bead to each side of the necklace.  The crystal beads are light blue, which compliments nicely with the blue seed beads, and the aquamarine stone beads.

Step Six: Add More Seed Beads

Add ten more seed beads to each side.  The seed beads are spacer beads in between the stone and crystal beads.
Add ten more seed beads to each side. The seed beads are spacer beads in between the stone and crystal beads.

Step Seven: Add Two More Crystal Beads

Add another crystal bead to each side.
Add another crystal bead to each side.

Step Eight: Keep Adding The Seed Beads

Add ten more seed beads to each side.
Add ten more seed beads to each side.

Keep adding the seed beads to each side of the necklace.  Ten seed beads will be added in between each stone and crystal bead.

Step Nine: Add Another Crystal To Each Side

Add another acrylic crystal bead to each side.
Add another acrylic crystal bead to each side.

Yes I know acrylic crystal beads are cheaper than the real thing, but these can be just as pretty.  My goal is to make a sparkly necklace, and these beads shine in the light too!  As I said buy real crystal and stone beads if that is your desire, but I like to use the supplies I have on hand.  Also, the see beads are made out of glass, so their luster definitely adds to this handmade necklace.

Step Ten: Add More Seed Beads Please

Continuing the pattern by adding ten more seed beads to each side.
Continuing the pattern by adding ten more seed beads to each side.

Here I continue to follow the pattern by adding another ten more seed beads to each side. Have you seen the really cute jewelry making organizer in the pictures? I bought this at the craft store for around two dollars, and it is great for keeping beads, beading wire, stretchy cord, and other findings tidy.

Step Eleven: Add More Stones

Two more stone beads are thrown into the mix!
Two more stone beads are thrown into the mix!

The pattern marches on as I add a stone bead to each side.  As you can see I enjoy having a pattern in my necklace making.

Step Twelve: Twenty More Seed Beads

Just make sure to divide this number evenly between each side.
Just make sure to divide this number evenly between each side.

Seed beads take up very little space, so these make the ideal spacer beads.

Step Thirteen: Add That Crystal

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

Add one crystal bead to each side to balance out this fun arrangement.

Step Fourteen: Add More Seed Beads

Keep adding those seed beads.
Keep adding those seed beads.

Follow the pattern as outlined above.  If you have just tuned in, this means adding ten seed beads to each side of the necklace.  The seed beads are the spacer beads between the stone and crystal acrylic beads.  The complimentary colors of blue, light blue, and aquamarine all work together, but add some interesting variety to this piece.

Step Fifteen: More Seed Beads

Keep adding the seed beads to each side.
Keep adding the seed beads to each side.

Keep adding more seed beads to each side of the necklace.

Step Sixteen: Slip On The Seed Beads

Slip on some more seed beads.
Slip on some more seed beads.

Put ten more seed beads on each side of the necklace.  Repeative, but at least you get the idea of the arrangement of the beads.

Step Eighteen: Add Two More Crystals

Here I am slipping on more crystal beads.
Here I am slipping on more crystal beads.

Even though I have a strict pattern for this necklace the crystal beads are of various shapes and sizes, which adds more interest to this piece.

Step Eighteen: Slip On More Seed Beads

Slip on more seed beads.
Slip on more seed beads.

Slip ten seed beads on each side of the memory wire.  Continue the above pattern all the way to the top of the necklace, but leave enough room for adding the clasp.

Step Nineteen: Add The Clasp

Leave enough room on both sides of the beading wire to add the clasp.
Leave enough room on both sides of the beading wire to add the clasp.

Leave enough room on both sides of the beading wire for attaching the clasp.  Use the jewelry pliers to knot the clasp to both sides of the necklace.

Step Twenty: The Necklace Is Ready To Wear

The clasp is added and now the necklace is ready to wear.
The clasp is added and now the necklace is ready to wear.

Now the necklace is ready to wear with the clasp added.  My necklace looks especially stunning with my aquamarine colored sun dress.  Home made jewelry is my favorite because I can make dozens of pieces to tailor to my wardrobe for the same price people pay for just a few pieces at the department store.  Happy jewelry making!

I love my new sparkly necklace!
I love my new sparkly necklace!

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I would love to see what you create, oceansunsets.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      It is funny that you should mention that! I recently purchased some very beautiful mother of pearl shell beads to make some pretty earrings out of, and perhaps a necklace as well. I truly love the shells, abalone, pearls, mother of pearl, etc. I also love to use beads that have the colors of the ocean in them, like blues, greens, etc. I am feeling inspired!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Good point about using what we have oceannsunsets. By the way since you love the ocean I am sure you could create some cool jewelry with shells and things from the beach.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I enjoyed seeing your process of making this sparkly necklace! I hadn't ever thought about your creative idea to use a unique button for the pendant. That is a very pretty button! I like the design you did as well. This could be replicated in so many ways. I, like you, think its very smart to use what you have on hand. Its so interesting because it would of course be nice to buy all the nicest crystals, stones and metals for our jewelry products, but it can cost so much money too. Better to be smart, and make pieces tailored for your own wardrobe like you said. I loved your final picture, and it does go great with your dress! Thanks for sharing, and I would sure love to see more hubs like this, with your processes of making jewelry. Thanks for sharing this!

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      agusfanani 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      My daughter loves trying to make her own necklace. Thanks for sharing .

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Paradise,

      I am flattered when people print out my hubs, so print away! Glad to hear your sister enjoys jewelry making too. I use the ebay capsules for those looking for beads similar to the ones I use, but I am not selling the beads listed above. Also, ebay capsules refresh your content with the search engines without having to go back and edit every few weeks.

      febriedethan,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

      june,

      Maybe your girlfriend or wife could try to make the necklace.

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      june688 

      8 years ago

      very beautiful.

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Simple and elegance necklace. I could wear it for an evening occasion, just try to make it, thank you Sweetie Pie.

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Sweetie Pie! Is it's ok if I print out this hub and give it to my sister? She's a very artistic person and I bought her a jewelry kit one time for Christmas but I don't think she's used it. Maybe I need to get her the jewelry pliers, too, and I see you have the ebay bid at a very reasonable price right now. I'll call and ask her.

      Thanks for this hub, love ya.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Nancy,

      I need to finish one wood burning project, which I will definitely share here on my hubs.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      8 years ago

      Simple instructions, great pictures and a beautifully created necklace---thanks for sharing. How’s the other artwork coming along?

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed it Pete!

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      Pete Maida 

      8 years ago

      You're such and crafty person, and it looks good on you.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you liked it bluetiger!

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      bluetiger1520 

      8 years ago

      nice

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Ahmu!

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      Ahmu 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub

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