by Linda Tenney.
(Palm Harbor, Florida USA)
A formal June wedding in sunny (hot and humid!) Florida was coming up and I had selected a light floral full-length dress to wear.
I knew I wanted to make my own jewelry to go with it, and after considering several different styles, I settled on a multi-strand twisted torsade necklace. I just love how luxe they look with a mix of materials.
With the dress on display in my workspace, I went through my extensive stash and found what I feel is a varied combination of beads that compliment the colors in the dress beautifully! (Serendipitously, I also found a perfectly-matching clutch purse to pull it all together!)
On six strands, I strung large and small freshwater pearls in cream and buff shades, pink silk Swarovski bicones and sterling spacer rounds, smoky champagne crystal rondelles, and some gorgeous 8mm rhodocrosite rounds.
This type of necklace is super simple to make up (I cut six 22-inch lengths of beading wire and strung approximately 18 inches of beads on them, attaching with wire guards to heavy-duty sterling jump rings and trigger clasp)—the only downside is they use a lot of material!
They can be twisted to a variety of lengths before putting on and clasping. I liked how this design came out so much that, after the wedding, I made one in champagne, cream, and cocoa!
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