Project: Celebrity Style

Make a butterfly necklace with green agates inspired by Vanessa Hudgens. By Tansy Wilson

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I have taken inspiration from her name ‘Vanessa’, which actually means ‘Butterfly’ in Latin and is one of the reasons Vanessa recently had a butterfly tattoo done on her neck. Her style is the perfect mix of edgy and feminine, which I captured with these pretty agate beads in contrast to the hard-edge brushed silver.


STYLE PROFILE VANESSA

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Vanessa Hudgens is an American actress and singer rising to fame as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. Songs from the series and films charted worldwide. She has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel but is now focusing on her acting career, currently playing the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi and also the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live.

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STYLE PROFILE PHOTOGRAPHY: Helga Esteb, Shutterstock.com


MATERIALS

  • 0.8mm (20 gauge) silver coloured wire – to make your own eye pins
  • 31 x green agate beads
  • 7 x silver frosted beads
  • 6 x 40mm silver bullet beads
  • 62 x flower bead cups
  • Decorative flower toggle clasp

Designer tip

  • Using a bead board really helps with not only planning the correct length of your necklace but also to stop beads rolling around. However if you don’t have one, you can always measure the desired length and mark lines onto an old tea towel.

STEP1

STEP 1

It is easier to make your own eye pins for this project, using 0.8mm wire. Cut approx. 30mm of wire and make an eye loop at the very tip of the wire using round nose pliers. Thread your eye pin through a flower bead cup, followed by a green agate bead then finally through another flower cup.


STEP2

STEP 2

Make another eye loop using round nose pliers as close to the top of the last added flower cup as possible. Cut away any excess wire. See page 96 for how to make simple loops.


STEP3

STEP 3

If you are making your own eye pins, you can make them the size you require to accommodate all your different sized beads. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 so you have all of your assorted beads ready to link together.


STEP4

STEP 4

Open an oval jumpring and link through the top hole of a butterfly connector and close. Repeat, to add another oval jumpring to the bottom of the connector. Repeat this step to add jumprings to the other butterfly connector.


STEP5

STEP 5

Arrange all your beads on a bead board playing around with ideas of symmetry or perhaps you would prefer a random pattern. Either way, when you are happy with your design, simply open one eye loop on a bead and link it to the next bead along.


STEP6

STEP 6

The butterfly connectors will be linked by the jumprings added in Step 4. Keep working your way around the bead board ending up by joining a clasp using one jumpring either end.


Extra Project

Make earrings


EARRING EARRING

EARRINGS

The green agate beads come on a string of approx. 48 beads so you should easily have enough to make matching earrings. Remember to keep two beads that are the same colour to make a matching pair.


RESOURCES

All beads and findings apart from the silver bead bullets are from: 

www.hcbeads.com

Silver bullet beads were from US company: 

www.hilltribesilveronline.com

Similar brushed silver available from: 

www.beadstampede.co.uk

Looking under category ‘metal accent and focal beads’


CONTACT

tansywilson@hotmail.com


PHOTOGRAPHY

Laurel Guilfoyle, Tansy Wheeler

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  • Date 22nd March 2017
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