I absolutely adore turquoise, not just the color but the stone… especially the stone. Turquoise can be a little pricey especially when you want to use it as the main stone on a fully beaded necklace! A nice alternative to turquoise can be magnesite though, not all of it! I discovered the Blue Moon Beads magnesite strands and it is quite, quite lovely – they have a matte finish and a great blue/turquoise color, which I used in today’s project!
- Blue Moon Beads magnesite
- Crimp beads
- Crimping pliers
- Bead stringing wire
- Toggle clasp
- Wire cutters
Measure out a 24″ length of bead Wire and slide a crimp bead onto the wire followed by the toggle.
Slip the end of the wire into the other side of the crimp bead and crimp with your crimping pliers.
Clip the excess tail end of the wire so it doesn’t stick out and poke you.
Start adding your stones beginning with a magnesite bead and then add a pearl alternating until all but two inches of your wire has been filled ending with a magnesite bead (we’re looking for the necklace to be around 20″ long including the toggle clasp, if you want a different size adjust accordingly).
Slide on a crimping bead and the clasp and slide the tail end of the wire into the crimping bead pulling it snugly, but not so snugly that the beads buckle or the wire breaks (you want the necklace to have a nice “flow” not loose, not tight).
Clip the tail end of the wire and now you are ready to wear your gorgeous new necklace!
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