ECT TV Episode 38: Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

In today’s episode learn how to make this fun Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace!

Video Episode:

In the episode you’ll learn how to make an ombre effect, open jump rings and make a bead dangle!

Tutorial:

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads*
  • Headpins ** for each bead for the necklace.  I used 2 inch headpins that I purchased.
  • 7 mm jump rings *** 3 for each bead dangle (you’ll use 1 for the bead dangle and 2 in between each bead dangle.
  • Chain
  • Clasp (any clasp you like.  I used a lobster clasp with a few jump rings on the other side with an extra bead dangle)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers (or another pair of pliers that are flat)
  • Wire Cutters

* Beads

You can use any beads you like in any amount you like.  I used a variety of shapes and sizes and did an ombre technique.  You can use all the same color beads or anything you like.

I used 28 beads, you may want more or less.

**Headpins

I used pre-made headpins, but this would look great with headpins you make yourself, too.  Here are some tutorials if you want to make your own:

Spiral and Knotted Headpins

Infinity Headpin

*** Jump rings

Make sure that your jump rings will slide over your chain and have room to move around a little because that’s the fun part of this necklace.  We won’t be opening the jump rings to attach to the chain, but instead they’ll just slide over it.

Step #1

Arrange your beads on a beading tray if you like.  If you’re creating an ombre necklace, start in the middle with the darkest colors and work your way out each way keeping it symmetrical as far as color is concerned.  I didn’t use exactly the same shapes of beads on each side, but I did use the same colors.

Step #2

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Make each of the beads into bead dangles.

I made sure to keep everything in order on my beading tray as I did this.

For help on how to make a bead dangle, click here.  (Or watch the video above.)

Step #3

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add a jump ring to each bead dangle.  If you need help opening jump rings, click here.

Step #4

Also make sure that the other jump rings you’ll be using in this project are closed properly.  When you purchase them they’re not always closed nicely.

Step #5

Cut your chain to the length you’d like.  I like to just measure around my neck and cut.

Step #6

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add one end of a clasp to one end of the chain.  Do not add the other side yet.

Step #7

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Slide a bead dangle onto the necklace by threading the chain through the jump ring.  If you are creating a special design, make sure to start at one end.

Step #8

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add two jump rings.

Step #9

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Continue adding a bead dangle then 2 jump rings until all the bead dangles are added.

I used 28 bead dangles.  You may want to use more or less for your necklace.

Step #10

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add the other end of your clasp.  If you’re using a lobster clasp you may want to add a few jump rings and a bead dangle to the end.

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Ideas to Customize this Necklace:

  • Think of any bead pattern you would like.  Try all exactly the same bead, try mixing every other bead or do a rainbow.
  • Use different metals.
  • Mix and match metals.  Add in some copper or brass jump rings along with the silver.
  • Use just a few beads or use many more beads.
  • Add even more jump rings in between the bead dangles.

What else can you think of?

I love this necklace and I’ve already gotten compliments on it!

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Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre is all the rage! I love the look of one color fading into another into another . . .

If you love it, too, this is a quick and easy bracelet.

Ombre Bracelet

 

Materials and Tools:

  • Seed beads in 3 different shades.  I used a dark green, a light green and clear.  You could use more colors if you wanted to, but just adjust the amount of beads so they’re even.
  • Beading wire.
  • A small amount of chain (perfect for using leftover chain, which is what I did.)
  • 12 4mm jump rings
  • 4 7mm jump rings
  • Crimp beads (I used 24)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Measure across the top of your wrist (the chain will be about half the length around your wrist) and add a few extra inches so you have room to work and cut the beading wire.

I cut about about 7 1/2″ total.

Cut 3 pieces.

Step #2

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Grab a 4mm jump ring.  Make sure that it’s closed securely.  This would also be a good time to use soldered jump rings instead.  These jump rings do not need to be opened again.

Step #3

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Put the beading wire around the jump ring.  Add a crimp bead, a bead and another crimp bead.  (I always use 2 crimp beads.)  Close the crimp beads securely.

Step #4

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the darkest color.  When you’re adding the beads, thread the beads over the end of the other wire, too.  I used 20 seed beads, but you may need to adjust that number based on how long your wire is.

Step #5

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the middle color.  Again, I used about 20 beads here.

Step #6

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the lightest color.  For this, I used 15 beads, but my clear beads were a little bit larger than my green beads.

Step #7

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Follow step #3 for the other side.

Step #8

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #9

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Make 3 identical beaded strands.

Step #10

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Open a 7 mm jump ring, add the jump rings at one end of the 3 strands and close the jump ring.

Step #11

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Braid the 3 strands.  I did this relatively loosely.

Step #12

Open a 7 mm jump ring and add the other ends of the 3 strands jump rings.

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Cut chain in the length to go across the rest of your wrist to complete the bracelet.  Cut in half.  Then add one half to the 7 mm jump ring and close.

Open the 7 mm jump ring on the other end, add the chain and close.

Step #13

Add a clasp and you’re done!

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

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