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Home > Tutorials > Coral Necklace

A Little Coral Goes a Long Way!

by Carmi Cimicata

The bamboo coral beads can be quite intimidating in one long strand.  I can see how a few people would make one fabulous necklace by just restringing the original strand.  However it isn’t a look I could pull off.  So I decided to just pick three pieces to start a coral project.

The central section is strung on beading wire, and I used chain for the rest of the necklace.

My strand uses the bamboo coral, natural coral dyed chips, SWAROVSKI ROUND 8mm LUMINOUS GREEN CRYSTAL and on the necklace I also added SWAROVSKI TWIST 14mm LUMINOUS GREEN Crystals
I love this colour!  Choosing it took some time though….
I had more than a few options at my disposal.
I thought why not capture the look of water with a teal crystal bead?
Had to see what pearls would look like…..picking a pearl is even harder when you see the options!
This was my second favorite option.  It really is a salute to summer and underwater elements.

Finished piece.  The coral is still stealing the show…but it doesn’t overwhelm the final piece.

And, with so many coral pieces left over (over 25) from the original strand, I could make up every sample shown!