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Fading Mirror Bead Necklace

Updated September 17, 2018
Fading Mirror Bead Necklace
This image courtesy of primabead.com

The Fading Mirror Bead Necklace is an elegant interpretation of the ombre trend. The graduating colors of the mirror beads used in this do-it-yourself necklace design create a soft fading effect that is utterly enchanting. With this tutorial, you'll learn how to make a beaded necklace using a series of wire bead links. The faceted mirror beads will twinkle as they turn and catch the light, putting on a dazzling performance every time you wear this piece.

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeMiscellaneous

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedChainmail/Wirework

Bead Project TypeNecklace

Easy

Materials:

  • #34741012- 32pc 10mm Rondelle Mirror Beads- Green
  • #34741017- 25pc 8mm Round Mirror Beads- Aqua/Gold
  • #34741005- 17pc 12mm Rondelle Mirror Beads- 2-Tone Cream
  • #34718094- 46in Small Twist Silver Chain
  • #34719038- 180pc Eye Pin Silver
  • #34719059 - 145pc Starter Pack- Silver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

Instructions:

  1. Cut the following lengths of chain: two 4-5/8 inches and two 4-1/2 inches.
     
  2. Gather one of each chain together using a 6mm jump ring. Repeat for the second set of chains.
     
  3. Using 4mm jump rings, attach a toggle clasp end to each of the 6mm jump rings.
     
  4. Make the following bead links: 18 aqua links, 14 green links, and 11 cream links.
     
  5. Connect the links in the following order: 5 aqua, 4 green, 6 cream, 4 green, and 5 aqua. Link this beaded section to the ends of the 4-1/2-inch chains.
     
  6. Connect the remaining links in the following order: 4 aqua, 3 green, 5 cream, 3 green, and 4 aqua. Link this beaded section to the ends of the 4-5/8-inch chains.
     

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Does the type of chain you use on this project need to be the kind listed in the materials list or can any chain work? I have a lot of odds and end pieces of chain left from other projects and was wondering if I could just use that instead of investing in more chain?

Hi Hippie Chick, you could definitely use another type of chain. To keep the delicate look of this necklace, we would recommend using a lightweight chain. We hope this helps! - Editors of AllFreeJewelryMaking

Love this,would suit most people, would look good with pearls also

I'd like to give this a try. I'm a plus size gal and would like to know the approximate length before I give it a try! All of your jewelry is beautiful! Thank you for your time.

Love the color scheme, also like that there is a optimal number of beads hanging from the chain base. Have never understood the short length of beads hanging from a24"-30"length of chain

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