Black Flower and Bead Necklace Tutorial | My Girlish Whims

Black Flower and Bead Necklace Tutorial

Friday, February 11, 2011 |
So, I said about two weeks ago that this guy was my new favorite accessory. 
Now, please don't tell my other necklace because you will hurt his feelings. 
But, I've kicked that guy to the curb. 
I have a brand spanking new favorite accessory and I'm so excited to share it with you today!!!

Ohhh pretty :)

Here are the basics on how to make it:

-6mm black beads
-10 mm faceted black beads
-some itty bitty freshwater pearls
-beading wire
-crimp beads
-needle nose pliers 
-jump rings
-satin-ish fabric
-flame source
-super glue
-hot glue
-ribbon clasps

I've geared this tutorial for those who have a basic understanding of jewelry making and know basic techniques such as making a link, opening a jump ring, and crimping. If you don't know these things though, don't be discouraged; they are super easy to learn! If you are interested in learning some basic jewelry-making techniques leave me a comment and I'll put together a tutorial series :) 


Step 1: Prepare to make your flower. Cut out a bunch of different size circles out of a black satin like fabric. Burn the edges (I used a hand-held candle lighter) so the ends curl upwards. Note: I made enough circles in these pics for one big and two small flowers, because I wasn't sure how many I wanted to put on the necklace. In my final version I only used the one big one.

Step 2: Plan your flower(s) by stacking the petals in size order. After you have an order you like use hot glue on the back of each circle to attach it to the petal it will sit on.

Step 3: After you have hot glued all the petals in place, super glue some itty bitty freshwater pearls into the center of the flower.

Step 4: Form the shortest strand of the necklace by making a chain of the 10mm faceted black beads using eyepins.

I used 15 beads.

Step 5: Then string a strand of freshwater pearls on beading wire (I normally use either Tiger Tail from Michaels or Beadalon) slightly longer than your chain of big black beads. String another strand of 6mm black beads longer than your freshwater pearl strand.

Step 6:  Connect one side of all of your strands onto a jump ring. Open up the last loop of you chain of 10mm beads and connect it to the jump ring, and use a crimp bead to connect your two strung strands. Then attach that jump ring to another jump ring connected to your ribbon connector.  I forgot to get a pic of that part. Whoops! But all you do is put the ribbon inside the ribbon connector, and squeeze it shut with needle nose pliers. Then repeat for the other side. Whew! Did you get all that?

Here's everything labeled:

Step 7: Attach your flower to one side of the ribbon. To do this, cut out two circles of felt. Hot glue one of the felt circles to the back of your flower. Hot glue the ribbon on top of this circle, and then hot glue the other felt circle on top of the ribbon.

This is what is should look like when done from the back:

And that's all there is to it! I didn't add a clasp to the necklace, I just tie the ribbon into a bow on my neck.

I'm linking this project up to all of these great link parties!



Liberty said...

I have seriously been wanting to make a necklace similar to this! I have NO jewelry knowledge whatsoever and even bought a book about jewelry making at Hobby Lobby yesterday.

Your tutorial is perfect and the necklace is beautiful!! Great job. :)


Bracey Pate said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

That is so cute! I love it!

Michelle @ Loving Every Second said...

So super cute! Will you make one for me? ;) I'm not a jewelry maker, but I might have to give it a go.

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

What a great tutorial!! Thanks so much for linking up :)

Megan said...

This looks just great! Awesome job.

Megan (a new follower)

Lesley said...

I love this so much! Seriously...I am all over this project! I actually have everything in my stash to do it. Woohoo!
New follower..happily!

anne maskell said...

That is awesome! I love it! I really have to try making one of these.

Melissa said...

This necklace is so great. I haven't tackled jewelry making, but your designs inspire me.

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I just posted a tutorial on burning silk flowers! And I had black silk! Great minds think a-like! I would LOVE for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

And I'm a new follower :)

Jamie said...

That is so Beautiful. I love the look on your face in the last photo. Your adorable. Following you from These Creative Juices Blog link party. Please stop by my blog when you can.

Aurora said...

Love it! I just came over from Vintage Wanna Bee and am now a follower! Exciting!!

Krafty Kat said...

Just gorgeous! You did such a great job. Thanks for sharing how you made it at Gettin' Krafty With It!

Carri said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Chiara said...

Really cute, and it looks perfect with your outfit! Thanks for sharing such a great, clear tutorial on such a cute necklace!

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

Such a cute necklace & great tutorial. Thanks for linking up, hope to see you next Monday :)

Shabby Soul said...

Cute! I need one of those! No wonder it's your new favorite!

Denise said...


Extreme Personal Measures

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

THis is beautiful!! great job!

Christina said...

love it "neighbor"!!! I wear so much black, white, and gray, so this is perfect for that!

Thank you so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!

Katie said...

This looks great!! I love it! And your tutorial is super easy too! Thanks!!!

Melanie said...

What a great necklace. Thanks for the tutorial. I've been wanting to make something like this for a while! I found you at Between U & Me and am your newest follower.


retrohipmama said...

Okay...I'm in love...WITH THAT NECKLACE! Fabulous...simply fabulous!

abeachcottage said...

Wow! That is really a fabulous necklace. Very elegant. Thanks for the tutorial.

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

I wanted to let you know that i featured this on my blog from the link up party :)

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Great job, I love the layering!

~ Sarah

Jen said...

Hi! Can we say super cute?!?! I LOVE it! I can't wait to start making it. Is there anyway you can share your basic jewelry making techniques? When it comes to jewelry making I'm still a newbie and have yet to learn how to do some of these things. THANKS!!!

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Krafty Kat said...

Featured your necklace tonight! Stop by and grab a button if you like!

Kitty said...

This necklace is SO cute! Love it :) and great tutorial! said...

That's really pretty! Thanks so much for letting me know about your necklace, I'll be linking in the next Jewelry Roundup.

theteo5 said...

I love love love this! :) It's so gorgeous!

Michelle L. said...

Love it! Wonderful tutorial and pics, thanks for all the hard work to make this!

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