Aloha Illusion Necklace
(Newburgh, NY, USA)
Aloha Illusion Necklace
Like the look of illusion necklaces? See how one visitor used bead stringing techniques to make her aloha illusion necklace bead jewelry design. She used a common alternative to illusion cord!
Jewelry Making Inspiration
My inspiration for making this necklace design was the idea of flow. I fell in love with the flower beads because they reminded me of the flowers frequently found in leis and in the hair of women who live on tropical islands.
I wanted to make a necklace that flowed and would recreate the fantasy of wind blowing through flowers on the beach.
So I decided to make a necklace in an illusion style design. It gives viewers the illusion that the beads are simply just floating around the neck of the weared.
Jewelry Making Instructions
The beads I used to make this necklace are clay flowers, which were found at a beading store in Manhattan, seed beads and crimp beads.
The string I used is fishing line (line) because not only is it clear, but it is strong and durable. It does not break easily. I use it always when I am beading.
The crimp beads were literally crimped on the line to hold the beads in place so that the clear line could be seen in the necklace.
To set out the placements of the beads, I first used a bead board to lay out my initial design and then I used a yardstick to measure out the spacing of each set of bead intervals.
I taped the line (I did not use the finishing findings until last) onto the yardstick so that it could stay put and so that it would be easier to measure out the intervals. My needle nose pliers were used to crimp the beads onto the line.
To make this necklace, I used three separate strands – one 18 inch (45.7 cm), one 19 inch (48.3 cm), and one 20 inch (50.8 cm) to give it the various lengths seen.
Ending the necklace was simple – I just crimped all of the ends together with a crimp bead to attach the lobster clasp and the jump rings at the end. Then I used a crimp bead cover over the crimped crimp bead
Jewelry Making Challenge
My biggest challenge when making this necklace was the spacing. I knew exactly how I wanted the beads to lay out but the space in between the crimps was hard to figure out.
Eventually, with a lot of trial and error, I decided to use 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) spacing in between each set of seed-beads on each strand.
The time it took to make this Aloha Illusion Necklace paid off as I am very happy with the results!