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Mar 07 2012

Craft Tutorial: Raindrop Necklace

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Raindrop Necklace

Do you like rainy days? I’m not so much of a fan – come on, living in the UK (rainy most of the time) and growing up in Japan (rainy season should be illegal. Really), I think I’ve had enough rainy days a person should experience in a lifetime. But still… I don’t know why but there are something very charming about raindrops and clouds in product design. So, today, I’m making a knockoff necklace that I found via Pinterest.

Raindrop Necklace original

This is the original necklace made by a Japanese artist (image from here). I fell in love instantly, and it even made me crave for a raindrop or two :)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cloud-shape felt
  • beads for the chain (I used 45 x 6mm crystal beads)
  • 10 drop-shape beads (I used 8mm chalcedony drops)
  • 45 eyepins
  • 13 jumprings (I used 12 x 8mm and 1 x 6mm)
  • 1 clasp
  • beading wire
  • 4 small pieces of chains (mines are 3 x 0.8cm and 1 x1.6cm, but they depend on how big your beads are)
  • a pair of flat-nose pliers
  • a pair of round-nose pliers
  • a pair of wire cutters
Raindrop Necklace clouds

I made two clouds by needle felting, but you can use whatever material you want for the clouds such as felt, leather or polymer clay, as long as it has enough ‘body’ to withstand the weight of the beads.

Instructions:

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1) Let’s start by making the chains. Thread a bead to an eyepin, and bend it at a 90 degrees angle.

2) Leaving about 1cm, snip off the excess eyepin with the wire cutter.

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3) Grasp the end of the eyepin with the round-nose pliers, then twist it in a circular motion until the end of the headpin forms a small loop.

4) Repeat the step 1 to 3 to make the second loop, then simply add the first loop to the second loop before closing it.

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5) Continue the steps to make two chains until you reach the length you want. I used 22 beads on the left side, and 23 on the right side.

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6) Add the clasp and one end of the chain to the jumpring.

7) And add a jumpring on the other end of the chain, and you’re done with the chains.

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8) Poke a hole through the edge of the cloud with an awl or large-eyed needle.

9) Place a jumpring through the hole.

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10) Continue step 8 &9 and place 11 jumprings in total. The jumprings 1 and 11 are where the chains will be connected later.

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11) Thread a bead to the beading wire (about 10cm in length).

12) Twist the wire once above the bead.

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13) Trim one of the wires.

14) And create a loop above the twist using round-nose pliers.

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15) Wind the wire around 3-4 times below the loop.

16) Add the bead to the jumpring. One raindrop done!

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17) To make ‘dangling’ drops, add the chain to the loop before wrapping the wire.

18) Add the ‘chain + drop’ and ‘without chain drop’ to the jumpring, and you’ll have the ‘dangling’ drops.

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19) Repeat the steps to add all the drops to the jumprings.

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20) Connect the shorter chain to the jumpring on the smaller cloud.

21) Connect the longer chain to the jumpring on the bigger cloud, and you’re finally done!

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The colours are absolutely beautiful, and I’m sure these raindrops would cheer me up on rainy days :) Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

I’m linking this post on Today’s Creative BlogHome Stories A 2 Z, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Sassy Sites!, The Shabby Nest and Flamingo Toes; make sure you check them!

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13 Commnents to “Craft Tutorial: Raindrop Necklace”

  1. Thank you for including my tutorial in your ‘From head to toe’ series! And yap, you are very welcome to stalk on my tutorials, Lima :D

  2. So cool!!
    I linked your tutorial in my “From head to toe” serie (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.it/2012/04/diy-from-head-to-toe-7.html). I feel like a stalker XD But I can’t help it, I’m a fan!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so cute! I like yours better than the original. I like the colors you chose much better!

  4. Thanks Michelle :)

  5. This is just super cute. Great tutorial thanks for sharing :)

  6. Thank you Steff, now you’re making me blush :)

  7. One of the best, most detailed, prettiest tutorials I have seen for ages. Your photographs are fantastic, and even the clumsiest non- crafter could do this after your instructions. I adore your little clouds (dang, dang,dang, WHY did I have to break my last needle? My timing sucks!) and hanging them from (practically) a chain of drops is genius. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a “follow me” button to click.

  8. Thanks Christine :) I don’t know why, but I cannot NOT love everything about clouds!

  9. SO ORIGINAL!!!!! I love it!!!! The clouds are oh so cute!!

    I hope you’ll share this and anything else you have created over at The DIY Dreamer!
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/03/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-6.html

  10. Thanks Masa :)

  11. fluffy clouds? best idea ever! :D

  12. Thanks Judy, you’re so sweet! And of course there are A LOT of things I can’t do (dying to learn how to crochet, for example) :) Didn’t know Frankfurt is more rainy than London, though!

  13. Really pretty and I love your super detailed instructions. You also needle felt? Is there anything you can’t do? Also, I lived in Frankfurt for 4 years, and I think we may have had more rain than London.

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