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Bold Sequin Bauble Necklace

Bigger is better when it comes to standout accessories, such as this jolly jumble of silver-painted and sequin-wrapped beads strung on a 36-inch length of silken cord. 

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010

Introduction

Also pictured: Silk georgette top, in White, anntaylor.com

materials

  • Wooden beads (Pictured: Wooden beads, 16 mm, 20 mm, 22 mm, 38 mm, and 50 mm, $0.06 to $0.30 each, bayerwood.com)

  • Strung sequins (Pictured: Rat-tail satin, 2 mm, in Turquoise, $1 per yd., mjtrim.com)

  • Loose sequins and pailettes (Pictured: Loose flat sequins and paillettes, all from mjtrim.com)

  • Silver craft paint (Pictured: Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Sterling, $3 for 2 oz., michaels.com

  • Paintbrush

steps

  1. Pull one or two sequins off the thread to create a lead end. Starting at the top of bead, secure lead end with a dab of glue.

  2. Apply glue one section at a time, and adhere sequin strand, spiraling it tightly and applying pressure as you work. Leave bead holes open if you'll be stringing them; otherwise, cover with sequins.

  3. Cover remaining beads in 1 to 2 coats of silver paint; let dry completely.

  4. Thread baubles onto a 36-inch length of silken cord and tie off.

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