16 March 2010

Ribbon and Pearl Necklace Tutorial

Happy birthday to me!

In honor of my birthday, I thought I'd share a tutorial of mine that was originally featured on A Vision to Remember. [Make sure to scroll down for a birthday giveaway!]
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Today I’m going to show you how to make a ribbon and pearl necklace perfect for spring. Don’t worry; it might look complicated, but once you get the hang of the basic beading technique, the possibilities are endless!

Here’s what you need:
ribbon
glue gun
scissors
wire cutters
crimp tool
crimps
beads
bead wire
2 large jump rings
All of these supplies can be purchased at Hobby Lobby...wait until they are 50% off.

1. String your beads on the beading wire. I used chocolate brown glass pearls. I usually use half the amount of beads I would use normally if I was making a necklace to go the whole way around my neck.


2. String on a crimp bead and then one of the jump rings.


3. Now string the wire back through the jump ring.


4. The crimp tool has two uses. First use the inner teeth to flatten the crimp bead.



5. Next use the outside teeth to roll the crimp into a little tube.


6. Now you string your beads back onto the excess wire, cut your wire from the spool, and repeat on the other side with the second large jump ring.


Now you have a little strand of pearls. Are you still with me?


Now let's add the ribbon!

7. Cut two medium sized pieces of ribbon...just estimate. Pull a piece of ribbon through the jump ring and glue together around the ring.



8. Repeat on the other side with the second piece of ribbon. Tie your necklace on and welcome in spring!


As a happy birthday to me, I'd love to give you a present!

[green pearl necklace and earring set]


To enter, just leave me a comment. For an additional entry, come along for the ride and become a follower, then leave me a comment (or if you're already a follower let me know too!)

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!!

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I'm linking to:
DIY Day @ ASPTL
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45 comments:

  1. So cute!! Love it! Happy Birthday! How sweet of you to give one of US a present on your birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day!

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  2. Wow! Love that you are giving a gift for your birthday! Nice tutorial.

    Jody

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  3. Have a lovely birthday! I love your blog!
    Anna V

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  4. That's such a pretty necklace, you're very talented! Happy Birthday!!!

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  5. and of course i'm a follower :)

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  6. I love how that turned out! Pink and brown are one of my favorite color combos. In fact, I wore them today!

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  7. thanks for stopping by my blog and im glad i came to yours!

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  8. Very pretty! And happy Birthday to you!

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  9. What a generous person on your birthday.
    I hope it is a wonderful one for you.

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  10. I love it! I am in love with the dark beads and light ribbon. Great blog, by the way.

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  11. Laura,
    What a PRETTY necklace...count me in on your giveaway. Thanks for linking up to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  12. This is gorgeous! I love it. And it would look great with that new dress I bought the other day. ;)
    Great giveaway!
    *cross my fingers and hope to win!*
    Xx

    PS - I'm a follower. :)

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  13. Very cute. Pink and chocolate brown have always been favorite colors of mine! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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  14. Thanks for the invite to your giveaway. That's a pretty necklace and I would go great with some of the things I have.

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  15. What a lovely set, and so sweet of you to host a giveaway for your birthday! Love that I found you at Kimba's, and I'm following too!

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  16. Cute necklace! I did a tutorial on a ribbon and pearl necklace last week:) Mine was a little different though! Oh, and Happy Birthday a day late!

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  17. thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me over. Very nice tutorial! I do not have the patience for such small work.
    You do great pieces.
    Happy belated birthday!
    gail

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  18. Great necklace Laura! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  19. Happy birthday! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment. Your pearl necklaces are so pretty!

    - Michele

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  20. This is adorable! I love the colors! I also am in love with the fabric and twine post below!

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog... I am now a follower, and hope to see you follow me as well! Happy Day!

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  22. thanks for swapping blogs :) it was tons of fun
    www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  23. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! It's fun to find yours - and of course, even more fun that you have a give away!!!
    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  24. Very nice! What a beautiful necklace and easy to follow instructions. Would love to win...but not worried if I need to make my own!

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  25. I would love to be entered - green is the color of my birthstone (peridot).

    Your instructions are great, so even if I don't win I'll try making my own :)

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  26. And I'm adding myself as a follower - come visit me :)

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  27. very cute necklace! I love it!

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  28. Thanks for linking up this great tutorial, very pretty!

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  29. Oooh! I love it!! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  30. How cute! I found your blog through DIY day at Kimba's. You are very talented!!
    Cara
    caramartin1@cox.net

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  31. Oooh, that is so pretty! Thanks for great tute too, I really would love to start making more jewelry :)
    -Mags

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  32. What a beautiful necklace and earring set Laura! Pearls are my absolute favorite, are now a staple to my wardrobe, and green is quickly becoming a new favorite color of mine! That is so sweet of you to give these away on your birthday! :)

    I love following your blog Laura; it makes me feel like we still see each other every week and that we live close to each other!

    I hope you had a super birthday Laura! I miss you lots! <3

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  33. This is so fabulous,
    Thanks for the tut.
    Maggie
    http://cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com
    http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com

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  34. yay happy birthday!! so sweet of you!!

    nicolemarielum @gmail.com

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  35. That is SO pretty! I hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

    ~Jennifer
    www.studiojru.com

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  36. Thanks for linking this tutorial. I love the classic look of pearls and ribbon :)

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  37. Do you leave the fabric for the hanky necklace with a raw edge?
    Beautiful work you have

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  38. i love the color its a great set

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  39. Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Contact me here if you have a concern.

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/

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