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Make a Unique Pendant With Art Beads: Free Tutorial

Have you found the most beautiful artisan made bead but have no idea what to do with it? I hear that often. Don’t fret! I have a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a unique pendant using artisan beads!

Unstrung art bead by Ema Kilroy with jasper rounds

How to make a pendant with art beads

My jewelry style is simple bohemian with a touch of sparkle. One of my favorite things to do with a large focal bead is to turn the bead into an easily wearable pendant. In this tutorial, I’ll show how to make a pendant using your artisan made bead.

Materials you will need:

  • Large lampwork focal bead
  • 2 – 5 mm sterling silver round balls
  • Sterling silver headpin (3-inch minimum — the actual size depends on size of your bead)
  • Sterling silver bail
  • Round-nose pliers

Large lentil shaped lampwork bead

Sterling silver headpin with silver round ball strung on

Step 1:

Add one sterling silver round to the headpin.

Add the lampwork bead and another silver round to the headpin

Step 2:

Add the lampwork focal and the second sterling silver round to the headpin.

Create a wrapped loop to add the bail

Step 3:

Using the round-nose pliers create a wire-wrapped loop to add the bail.

Art bead strung on a silver pendant

Step 4:

Simply slide the bail over your favorite chain and you’re ready to go. Simple, quick and easy!

Beaded Necklace with Art Bead Focal

Maybe you’d like more to your design. String coordinating beads and the pendant onto beading wire to accent your art bead.

More inspiring art bead jewelry designs

Are you looking for more inspiration? Some of my bead making friends and jewelry designing friends were willing to share their designs with us.

Earrings by Donna Millard using lampwork glass beads by Donna Millard

Photo via Donna Millard

Artisan made beads can be used to create unique earring designs. Donna Millard’s earrings represent a beautiful use of lampwork beads as a focal element in the earring design. They also add a nice pop of color in the dangle portion of the earring.

Lampwork necklace by Laurie Ament of Isinglass

Photo via Isinglass

Laurie Ament created the lampwork beads and the necklace in her original jewelry design. Laurie uses a variety of handmade lampwork glass beads throughout the necklace.

Bracelet by Lynn Carling featuring art bead by Ema KilroyPhoto via Ema K Designs

Lynn used simple stinging techniques along with wire-wrapping beads to create a lovely bracelet design, which nicely highlights the artisan made bead.

KAS Jewelry by Kristen Stevens with art Bead by Suburban Girl Beads

Necklace via Beadwork by KAS; focal via Suburban Girl Studios

I like how Kristen used seed beads to create the necklace portion of her design and accented the artisan made focal by carrying the colors of the art bead throughout the necklace design. Kristen’s creation is a perfect example of  how incorporating a variety techniques, crocheting, kumihimo braiding or viking knit, when designing the necklace can beautifully spotlight an artisan made focal.

Beaded lampwork glass cabochon by Paula

Photo via Pacific Jewelry Designs

Paula Huckabay of Pacific Jewelry Designs has surrounded an artisan made lampwork bead with beautiful seed beads. Her work is a beautiful of example of incorporating the artisan made bead into the focal portion of your design. Paula created a nesting spot for a handmade glass cabochon using seed beads and built on her design from there.

Bracelet by Patti Vanderbloemen with polymer clay beads by Second SurgPhoto via Patti Vanderbloemen

And last but not least, here’s a look at Patti Vanderbloemen’s beautiful art bead bracelet. She uses artisan made beads in her jewelry designs and donates 50% – 100% of the sale to Miracle Horse Rescue. You can learn more about Patti and her association with Miracle Horse Rescue on Patti’s About page on Etsy.

How do you incorporate art beads into your jewelry designs?

7 Comments

Trish McDonald

I love everything I see, blue, for what reason has been my color for the last two yr’s. Love every I’ve seen on here today.
Thank-You for sharing on F.B.

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ijeoma martins

l love what i have seen, you are great.

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Ruth Nelima

I really appreciate this i want to be an artist

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Ruth Nelima

so what I need is a whole lot of help I have passion on this

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Peggy

Beautiful! can you please tell me what size Bail that is? (the opening for the chain). thanks!

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Peggy

Sorry, the first necklace… lol

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D

Loved it!!!

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