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Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Rebecca Utermohlen

I posted back in June about the wonderful trip I had down to Florida to visit the headquarters of Cousin Corporation as part of my ambassador program with them! I had so much fun on the trip and I absolutely loved being in Florida. We got to stay at a hotel right on the beach and I loved swimming in the blue water, walking along the ocean, drinking a cocktail from the tiki bar with my toes in the sand...just basically soaking up the whole experience!

I came back from my trip completely inspired to create and decided to make a project with a little beachy flair: this DIY Sea Glass Pendant Necklace!

 

If you are inspired by the ocean or just need some beautiful cool blue jewelry hues in your life, here is a step by step tutorial for how you can make your own version!

Supplies:
Chain, crystals, pearls,  Sea glass pendants, jump rings, clasp, head pins, assorted other beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used Cousin materials for the chain, crystals and pearls and a few extra beads from my stash. I was lucky enough to have these beautiful sea glass pendants still laying in my stash from when I snatched them up from a local bead show!

Steps:

First step is to make a "Y" shape with your chain and connect in place with a jump ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the chain is connected, use wire cutters to snip the two ends apart in the middle of the circle of chain.   Use jump rings and needle nose pliers to attach a lobster claw clasp on one end of the chain and another larger jump ring on the other end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished clasp should look like so:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it's time to add some beads onto that chain! Open a large jump ring and secure it into the the top hole of the largest sea glass pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attach the large jump ring onto the bottom "Y" of the chain using a small jump ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat this process for the two other pendants, attaching one to the middle of the Y chain and one where the chain intersects with the chain pieces.

 

Next it's time to make some beaded charms! String on your crystals, pearls, and other assorted beads onto head pins.  Use needle nose pliers to bend the wire back 90 degrees directly above the bead. Use wire cutters to trim off the excess wire tail, leaving only about half inch tail left.  Use round nose pliers to bend the wire tail back around to form a loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attach these charms to the chain equally spaced out between the sea glass pendants like so

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When all of your beads are attached, the necklace is done!

 

I just love this necklace, it's much more simple than many of the necklaces I typically make but the sea glass beads are so smooth and calm, I like letting them really stay the focal point of the necklace and keeping everything else simple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If only I could just fly back to Florida pronto to be able to wear it back on the beach! There may be no more grand plans to Florida anytime soon, but at least wearing this back home will remind me of the beauty I was able to experience while I was there!

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