DIY Druzy Necklace

Lately I’ve seen many jewelry pieces featuring druzy gemstones. I’m intrigued by them. They’re shiny but not pretentious. Classy but not overstated. This type of stone, or rock, is covered in natural crystals giving it sparkle and shine in a very organic manner. The stones can be found in all colors and sizes and are now being seen as earring studs, rings, or necklace pendants. Real druzy quartz can be rather expensive, we aren’t talking diamond status, but still more than the faux stones that are being manufactured these days.

I took a trip to the craft store with my daughter and I happened to find druzy stone pendants (on sale too! Score!) So I picked up a few as well as some Japanese seed beads. Japanese seed beads are more uniform in size and shape than typical glass seed beads and often come in both shiny and matte varieties.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved making bead necklaces. I would steal fishing line from my Dad’s tackle box and make necklaces for all my friends. Now it’s an activity I still enjoy and have passed onto my daughter as well. Jewelry is so easily personalized with each finished piece unique from the next.

I created the necklace shown in under an hour. This means that you can sit down and make a necklace to go with your outfit you’ll wear later tonight! In an attempt to will Spring to come sooner, I chose white, sea glass, silver and bronze seed beads and paired them with the gold and shiny white druzy stone charm. The color combination reminds me of the beach and warm summer days…

But alas it’s still February!  And back to the necklace! For this necklace I chose to keep the sea glass, white, bronze and silver beads but add in a pop of hot pink. You can chose whatever you like.

Supplies:

  1. Japanese seed beads, your choice of colors
  2. Druzy stone pendants like the ones I found from Bead Landing ™
  3. Two 3mm crimp beads
  4. One double-cup bead tip
  5. Non-stretchy jewelry nylon (fishing line works too!)
  6. Jewelry pliers

Silver 3mm crimp beads / Gold double cup bead

First cut about 36 inches of the jewelry nylon (fishing line) and slip on one of your crimp beads. Find the center, and holding the crimp bead in place, line up the two ends of the nylon. Slip the two loose ends through the hole in the double cup bead. Use your jewelry pilers to close the double cup bead around the crimp bead.

Double cup bead around crimp bead

 

Use pliers to close double cup bead

 

Closed double cup bead around crimp bead

Place a druzy charm on the hook of the double cup bead and using your pliers, close the ring.

Now you have two long tails of the bead nylon ready for you to start stringing beads. Use your creativity with your colors and patterns. Or don’t do any particular pattern and keep it random. The length of your necklace is totally your call. Just make sure it’s long enough to fit over your head. Each side of mine is about 15 inches.

When you get to the end of one tail, tape it to your work surface so the beads don’t fall off and complete the other side. Slip the other of your two crimp beads on as the last bead. Tie the two ends together. Double or triple knot here. Slip the crimp bead over the knot and crimp it flat. Trim the bead nylon excess carefully. And that’s it! I like to pair my longer necklaces with a plain top or simple dress but it’s completely up to you.

Now wait for someone to compliment you and just say, “Thanks. I made it!”

I would love to hear from you if you decide to make this necklace! Of course if you can’t find druzy charms, gemstones, tassels, or any charm will work fine.

Thanks for stopping by!

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