Beading / Jewelry

Jitterbug Necklace

By  Katie Hackler  for  Beadalon


  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements (Swarovski): Round: Crystal AB, 4mm, three; Bronze Pearl, 6mm; Bronze Pearl, 10mm; Crystal AB Teardrops, 12x8mm, four; Crystal Golden Shadow Briolette, 18mm
  • Beading wire*: Gold ColourCraft, 24-gauge, 12” length; Beadalon 7, 1 yd.: Satin Gold; Satin Copper; Satin Silver
  • Gold #3 Crimp Beads*, two
  • Gold Crimp Covers*, two
  • Gold Swivel Lobster Clasp*
  • Gold Extension Chain*


  • Pliers*: Round-Nose; Chain-Nose
  • Wire Cutters*
  • Mighty Crimping Tool*
  • *Products by Beadalon
  • Pendant
  • 1. String a 4mm crystal onto center of 24-gauge wire.
  • 2. Bend wire ends together at center of bead, hold them together and pass them through the large crystal.
  • 3. String a teardrop onto one wire, fold wire back to base of teardrop and twist around wire stem; repeat for other wire to make lower set of wings.
  • 4. Hold wires together and pass them through a 6mm crystal.
  • 5. Repeat Step 4 to make another set of wings.
  • 6. Hold wires together and pass them through a large bronze pearl.
  • 7. Use one wire to make a wrapped loop above the large bronze pearl.
  • 8. String a 4mm crystal onto each wire end and use round-nose pliers to make a tiny loop to hold it in place.
  • 9. Use round-nose pliers to spiral the wire ends for the antennae.
  • Necklace
  • 1. Cut all beading wire lengths in half.
  • 2. Hold wires together as one and pass a crimp bead and half of the clasp onto one end. Pass back through the crimp bead and crimp. Attach a crimp cover.
  • 3. Separate wires by color, then braid the three colors together.
  • 4. Slide the jitterbug pendant onto necklace.
  • 5. Use a crimp bead to attach the remaining half of the clasp and attach a crimp cover to the crimp bead.