DIY Cobalt Blue Cluster Necklace

I'm so happy with how this pretty little necklace turned out! It only required two basic techniques to make it as well, so a beginner jewelry maker could easily tackle this project!


Supplies needed for this necklace are a bunch of round beads, beading wire, head pins, crimp beads, chain, a clasp and jump rings. Tools needed are needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.

The first step is to make a TON of simple loops with the blue beads. I did 57, to be exact :) To do so, string a bead onto a head pin

Bend the wire 90 degrees directly above the bead with needle nose pliers

Trim off excess wire using wire cutters leaving about a half an inch tail

Next use round-nose pliers to bend the tail into a circle. You can bend the circle all the way shut with the round nose pliers, or use needle nose pliers to help squeeze it all the way shut.

Next step is to cut a piece of beading wire and start to string on the cluster. I strung on one regular bead, then three of my simple loop beads. I pushed them together tight to create the cluster

Here's that part finished:

To attach the cluster to chain to make the necklace, string on one or two crimp beads (I used two since my beads were pretty heavy for some extra strength!) and then crimp them to the end of the wire. For more detail on this process check out my post on how to use crimp beads

All crimped up:

Almost done!

Lastly, just attach a clasp to the ends of the wire using a jump ring

Here's the finished necklace!
 

I love the color of these blue beads. I think its a great color for winter, and wearing it as a necklace is a great way to give your outfit a pop of color!

 Also, if you are not into jewelry making, this is available for sale in my etsy shop!


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26 comments

  1. So pretty! Love how dramatic the blue is!

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  2. Love this necklace! I love cobalt blue! Where did you find those beads?

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  3. This is so cute! I LOVE the blue.

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  4. So pretty! I love the color. Pinned to my DIY Jewelry board. I may have to try this with colors from my stash. Thank you for the tutorial (actually all the tutorials, you are simply amazing!).

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  5. That's gorgeous! lOOKS like sooo much work!

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  6. This is so pretty. It looks very time intensive, but worth the effort! I'd love to see how you'd style it with different outfits.

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  7. Rebecca,
    This necklace is gorgeous. I would love to have you share it at this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/01/week-in-review-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
    Debi

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  8. Loving this necklace!! You always have some of the neatest ways to make different jewerly pieces. I would try something like this, but I don't know if I would have the patience. Thanks for the tut!

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  9. It's not necessarily something I'd wear, but I know it is beautiful and you are very talented!

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  10. Great tutorial! That necklace is stunning!! I may have to dust off my jewelry making supplies! :)

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  11. Oh my word! I make earrings every once in a while and just doing two loops drives me nuts! I can't imagine doing over 50 of them at one time. Kudos to you! Beautiful necklace.

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  12. this is so pretty! I make jewelry myself and blue is my favorite colour :) Great job! stopping by from flamingotoes ;)

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  13. I love this, and not just because blue is my favorite color :) Pinned for later!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2013/01/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features-17.html


    ~Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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  14. Wow that is gorgeous! That blue is just perfect.

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  15. Your necklace is gorgeous! I love the color!

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  16. Beautiful necklace and wonderful tutorial. You made it look so easy.
    Ali x

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  17. I love this tutorial! I always wish I were better at making jewelry- someday, right? Thanks for linking to my link party! :)

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  18. This is beautiful! In my mind's eye I can see so many pretty variations and you make it seem so easy. Thanks heaps for the tute! I've pinned you, I hope you don't mind :D

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  19. Do you think that beading stretch cord would work for this design? I do not have the wire and was just curious.

    Thanks!

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  20. I don't think stretch cord would be the best option, my beads at least were pretty heavy and that could way down the elastic. you can even get beading wire at walmart though!

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  21. Thanks for the info! Just picked some up :-)

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  22. Another cool cluster necklace. Love the color.

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  23. Love your site! Great pics and instructions!

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