I was going through my bead stash (again!) and found some yellow aventurine nuggets that I haven’t used in quite some time. I love chunky gemstones such as these, but I was always at a loss as to what I should make with them.
I started playing around with them and wondered what they would look like strung as a pendant. Once I made the pendant, I decided to continue to make a necklace with it.
You can use any chunky gemstone nuggets to make this pendant. Just make certain that you use flexible beading wire.
Here are the instructions:
Aventurine Pendant Necklace
9 aventurine nuggets
Beadalon 49 strand beading wire in satin gold
12 8° seed beads in bronzed gold
2 Beadalon size 2 crimp tubes
2 gold-toned wire guardians
2 9” pieces of gold colored curb chain
1 gold toned spring clasp
1 7mm gold-toned jump ring
6 5mm gold-toned jump rings
1 pair of wire cutters
1 pair of bent nose pliers
1 pair of needle nose pliers
Make the pendant
Pull out approximately 9” of beading wire from the spool. String beads in the following pattern: seed bead, nugget, seed bead, etc., ending with a seed bead.
String a crimp tube, another seed bead and a wire guardian. Pull the beading wire through the wire guardian, the seed bead, the crimp tube and the seed bead below that.
Crimp the tube taking care not to cross the pieces of beading wire.
Trim the excess beading wire. Tuck in the end of the wire into the bead below it.
Cut the beading wire from the spool, leaving a 3” gap between the seed bead and the end.
Repeat steps 3-5.
Open the 7mm jump ring. String jump ring through both ends of the strand. Close jump ring.
Attach the chain
Open a 5mm jump ring. String one end of one of the pieces of chain through the jump ring. Close the jump ring. Repeat with the other piece of chain.
Open another 5mm jump ring. String one piece of chain through one side of the jump ring and a closed 5mm jump ring through the other side. Close the jump ring.
Attach the spring clasp
Open another 5mm jump ring and string the spring clasp through it. Close the jump ring.
Open another 5mm jump ring. String the other piece of chain through one side of the jump ring. String the spring clasp/jump ring combo through the other side of the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Test the spring clasp to make certain it fits through the jump ring when you open and close it. If it works, then you’re done.
You can wear this necklace with a casual v-neck like I am in this picture:
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Spinster Simone 🙂