M and M Necklace Tutorial


For this project you will need a metal necklace collar, Stiff Stuff and ultra suede (or similar), M&M beads, True 2 beads, pearls and seed beads in sizes 8 and 11. This project is suitable for all levels. Read the full description for more details. I have put all my teaching and beading experience into creating this great tutorial for you. It took me a few hours to write up. I am very happy for you to benefit from it for free. However, if you would like to support my work, so I can bring you more great beading projects, you also have the choice to do that by making a voluntary donation. Thank you!

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About the M and M Necklace

This M and M necklace started as a fun challenge. Jewellery Maker decided to run a little contest amongst their guest designers to see who could design the best necklace using some of the collar blanks. It was entirely up to us what beads and techniques we chose to use. I had a desire to use some M and M beads I had seen and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! So, I made the necklace, sent it in to Jewellery Maker and then realised that they aren’t allowed to feature any branded products. So, with very little time to spare, I made version two of the M and M necklace…this time with completely unbranded Paua shell beads instead of the sweets! The two designs are completely identical, but one is fun and frivolous and the other is much more sensible and elegant.

I decided to write up the design as a free tutorial to post on my blog – some of you may already have seen it here. Having done that, I thought I may as well turn it into a download too! So, this is what you get: the complete guide right through from creating your pattern base to fit a necklace (and you can adapt this to fit any shaped collar or cuff), to a detailed step-by-step of adding beads, and then finally the finishing techniques for the M and M necklace. Or, if you prefer, the Paua shell variation, I have included the materials list for that too. The techniques are identical – just use the relevant beads. In addition to this, pop across and reference my complete guide to bead embroidery over at My World of Beads. This takes you through lots more techniques and links back to all my bead embroidery patterns. I’m giving you this one for free to whet your appetite, but I do hope that if you find it easy to follow, you will be back here to buy some of my other patterns. I freely confess my addiction to bead embroidery, so I will be adding more designs regularly – make sure you check back to see them all!

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