April 9, 2015

DIY Marble Necklace

Okay, okay. It's not really marble. But as I mentioned earlier this week, you can get the marble look with another stone, howlite. (Fun fact-- howlite is easily dyed all the colors of the rainbow to imitate other stones, like turquoise. For a serious throwback, check out howlite beads in this DIY spike necklace!)  There are many fun tutorials out there for marbleized DIYs, but they often require messy mixing and swirling of clay or paint. Instead, I chose a no muss, no fuss approach, letting the natural texture of the beads achieve the marble look! I love the end result-- a simple graphic combination of marblesque black and white howlite beads with wood beads I hand painted for the right shade of grey. Read on for the easy how-to!

26 inches of beading wire
12mm lobster clasp
2 crimp beads
2 7mm jump rings
Round nose and chain nose jewelry pliers
8 12mm wood beads (I painted mine by hand, but they are available in many colors on Amazon or here!)
5 16mm wood beads
40 10mm howlite beads

Open up a jump ring and close through the base of the lobster clasp.

Slide the beading wire through a crimp bead, through the jump ring, and back through the crimp bead. Pull the bead tight toward the jump ring. Using your pliers, press the crimp bead firmly closed so the wire may not slide out.

Begin stringing on your beads. I added 20 howlite beads, 4 of the smaller wood beads, 5 large beads, 4 more small wood beads, and the rest of the howlite beads.

At the end of the necklace, slide the wire through the second crimp bead. Loop through the second jump ring and back through the crimp bead, pulling tight. Close the crimp bead tightly by pressing it closed with your pliers. Trim the rest of the beading wire to about 1 inch, then feed the loose tail into the holes of the beads to conceal.

Ta da! An easy way to get a marble look, no mess or expensive materials required! 

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