Beading / Jewelry

Fruit of the Vine Necklace

By  Myléne Hillam 

The rich colors of the grapevine contrast beautifully with the gold chain in this unusual version of the floating necklace. Follow the step-out photos to easily create this stunning piece.

  • Fruit of the Vine Necklace
  • Photo 1
  • Photo 2
  • Photo 3
  • Photo 4
  • Photo 5


  • Fuchsia stone chips, eight
  • Lime green oval lampwork beads, five
  • Frosted brown glass beads, 4mm, 30
  • Gold crimp covers, 11
  • Gold crimp tubes: size 2, 10; size 4, one
  • Gold serpentine chain, 30” length
  • Gold serpentine chain ends, two
  • Gold split rings, two
  • Gold lobster clasp


  • Wire cutters
  • Crimping tool
  • Split-ring pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers

Basic Supplies

  • ruler
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 24" length + 4" tassel.
  • Necklace
  • 1. Cut chain into two lengths measuring 15-1/2" and 14-1/2".
  • 2. Work on one chain at a time. Thread size 2 crimp on chain and slide along leaving 3" tail. Crimp in place using crimping tool. Place crimp cover over crimp and use chain-nose pliers to close it. See Photo 1 and Photo 2.

    Photo 1

    Photo 2
  • 3. From long end of chain, string on three brown beads, two stone chips, one green bead, and three brown beads. Thread on size 2 crimp and slide it up to beads, leaving 1/16" gap. Crimp in place. Place crimp cover over crimp and close it. See Photo 3.

    Photo 3
  • 4. Slide on another size 2 crimp, leaving 1-1/2" from crimp cover and crimp in place. Cover crimp with crimp cover and repeat Step 3. See Photo 4.

    Photo 4
  • 5. Complete second length of chain to match following Steps 2-4.
  • 6. Place ends of two chain lengths together and thread on one green bead and size 4 crimp, leaving 1-1/2" gap from last crimp cover. Crimp in place and add crimp cover.
  • 7. String three brown beads and size 2 crimp on each chain. Crimp crimp tube close to bottom of chain and cover with crimp cover. Trim away excess chain using wire cutters.
  • 8. Add chain end to remaining two ends of chain; close around chain using chain-nose pliers. Use split-ring pliers to open split rings and attach to chain ends. Attach lobster clasp to one split ring. See Photo 5.

    Photo 5
  • Tip
  • 1. Use a Mighty Crimper tool to close crimp tubes as using this tool will aid in not denting or damaging the surface of tubes.