Natalia Designs

Necklaces

Here are some examples of my necklaces.

I usually create fairly simple jewelry using my etched glass beads with sterling silver findings.

I especially love Chris Hentz’s cables, and use them whenever I can.
Sometimes I create more elaborate pieces using bead crochet and with hand-made silver beads and findings.

Here are a few examples of each.
 




Crocheted Necklaces

Recently I've been creating necklaces featuring crocheted bead ropes and my own glass end caps.
Here are a few examples


Burgundy Blossom Necklace, Crocheted FWPs Burgundy Plum Blossom Necklace

These burgundy freshwater pearls were beautiful and unique. They called out for a coordinating glass color, but that was not easy to achieve. I had to create a custom color by layering different colors of glass before pulling the thin stringers of glass to create these plum blossoms as an exact match for the pearls. The end result was very satisfying.

Necklace approximately 20" in length, pendant 2". The etched glass end-caps are about 1.5" in length, and 18 mm in diameter at their widest.

To learn more about my glass etching techniques, see my page on Teaching.

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Pale Peach Blossom Necklace, Crocheted FWPs Pale Peach Blossom Necklace

These pearls are a subtle peachy-champagne color, so I used thin threads of peach glass to create the blossoms on clear glass to keep this color subtle too. The color is a little hard to see on a Web page, but I like it so well I had to show it here anyway.

Necklace approximately 20" in length, pendant 2".

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Vetro Blue Blossom Necklace, Crocheted faceted Czech glass beads Vetro Blue Plum Blossom Necklace

This necklace features a crocheted rope of faceted Czech glass beads that are a beautiful navy-denim color. I blended my own blue glass for this one too, a true navy glass instead of the usual cobalt glass. I love it.

Necklace approximately 20", pendant 2.5".

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Focal Bead Slide Necklaces

These necklaces feature a single glass focal bead and sterling accent beads that slide along a silver Chris' Cable necklace. These cables are truly fine, with a soft, supple feel, and a springy resilience that allows them to hold my beads in a smooth and elegant curve across the throat.

Red and Amber Plum Blossom Cushion Slide Necklace

This focal bead has deep red plum blossoms on a softly cushion-shaped amber glass bead. As uaual, the amber glass puts on a real show, catching and holding the light as if it is glowing from the inside.

Focal bead approximately 1.25" by .75"; necklace 18" in length.

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Forget-Me-Not Focal Bead Slide Necklace Forget-Me-Not Cushion Slide Necklace

This focal bead has bright Forget-Me-Not blue blooms, with bright yellow stamens and spring green leaves, on a clear glass cushion-shaped bead.

Bead approximately 1.25" by .75"; necklace 18" in length.

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Amber Vine Focal Bead Slide Necklace Amber Vine Cushion Slide Necklace

This bead has dark amber vines reminiscent of climbing ivy trailing across a light amber cushion-shaped glass bead.

Bead approximately 1.25" by .75"; necklace 18" in length.

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Olive Jasper Leaf Focal Bead Slide Necklace Olive Jasper Leaves Lentil Slide Necklace

This soft lentil-shaped bead bead is made of Czech olive glass, with translucent white leaves and branches giving a cameo-glass effect reminiscent of Wedgewood Jasperware porcelain.

Bead approximately 1" in diameter; necklace 18" in length.

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Rose Jasper Blossom focal Bead Slide Necklace Rose Jasper Plum Blossom Lentil Slide Necklace

This lentil-shaped bead is made with Italian Rose Quartz glass, with translucent white leaves and blosssoms giving a cameo-glass effect.

Bead approximately 1" in diameter; necklace 18" in length.

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Multi-Bead Slide Necklaces

These necklaces feature graduated sets of glass beads with silver
accent beads along a silver Chris' Cable necklace.

Blue Japser Multi-bead Slide Necklace
Blue Jasper Leaf Bead Slide Necklace

This necklace is made with a set of graduated blue and white cameo-like glass beads. I've also used my own hand-made PMC accent beads here, with a silver Chris’s Cable.

 Largest bead approximately 20 mm; necklace 20" in length.

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Gothic Leaf Multi-bead Slide Necklace Gothic Leaf Bead Slide Necklace

Gothic black and lavender glass beads glow darkley, it's almost spooky. PMC accent beads and silver Chris’s Cable.

Largest bead approximately 20 mm; necklace 20" in length.

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Forget-Me-Not Multi-bead Slide Necklace Forget-Me-Not Bead Slide Necklace

This necklace features a set of graduated glass beads with Forget-Me-Not blossoms on each. The polished round sterling accent beads reflect and echo the color of the glass beads. Silver Chris’s Cable.

Largest bead approximately 20 mm; necklace 20" in length.

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Pink Rose Multi-bead Slide Necklace Pink Roses Bead Slide Necklace

This necklace has a set of graduated glass beads with pale pink rose blossoms on each. Polished round sterling accent beads reflect and echo the color of the glass beads. Silver Chris’s Cable.

Largest bead approximately 20 mm; necklace 20" in length.

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Four Seasons Multi-bead Slide Necklace Four Seasons Bead Slide Necklace

This necklace has features glass beads around the full length of the necklace showing the cycle of the seasons. Icy leafless branches in winter, pale greens in spring, blooming roses in summer, and leaves in red and gold in fall. Polished sterling accent beads reflect the changing colors of the glass beads. Silver Chris’s Cable. Beads 20 mm; necklace 20". (In the collection of Cindy Jenkins, glass bead author extraordinaire!)

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Focal Bead Pendant Necklaces

Any of my focal beads can be set as a pendant with a simple sterling loop bale.
Here are a couple of examples.


Olive Jasper Pendant Necklace

This soft lentil-shaped bead bead is made of Czech olive glass, with translucent white leaves and branches giving a cameo-glass effect.

Focal bead approximately 1" diameter, pendant about 1.5" long.

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Honeybee Pendant

Another example of a bead pendant, this one a long slender bicone bead. This etched designs shows a honeybee and her honeycomb on a dark amber bead with a clear glass overlay that increases the glow of the bead.

This etched honeybee (or one of her sisters) was the original inspiration for my honeycomb beads. I still intend to make a necklace combining glass honeycombs and my etched honeybees someday.

Focal bead approximately 1.25" long, pendant about 1.75" long.

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Simpler Crocheted Necklaces

These necklaces have simple sterling end caps, so that the single glass bead pendant is the focal point.
Passion pearls necklace Passion Pearls Necklace

This necklace features an etched glass passion flower focal bead on a crocheted rope of peacock freshwater pearls. These pearls have a great iridescence with multiple colors.  These pearls are end-drilled teardrops, giving this rope an especially smooth and supple feel. The pendant is set with a chunky sterling loop bale that matches the heft of the focal bead.

Necklace approximately 22" length. Pendant approximately 1.75".

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Green pearls necklace
Green Leaf Necklace

This sculptural etched glass leaf & vine bead has multiple leayers of green color, giving it a deep rich glow. The green freshwater pearls I used here nearly glow too, with a bright spring color. Simple but substantial sterling loop pendant bale.

Necklace approximately 20" in length. Pendant approximately 1.75".

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Flying Egret Necklace

This bead pendant shows one of my earliest etched designs. The focal bead has an etched snowy egret in flight on one face of the tablet bead, and the egret at rest on the reverse. These freshwater pearls are a deep peacock color, with iridescent shades of blue and violet. Sterling pendant finding.

Necklace approximately 20" in length. Pendant approximately 2" long.

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