This Candy herringbone spiral necklace is a bit of a ‘hangover’ from our visit to the Beadflowers chocolate factory, back in January 2021. But I’ll explain that in a moment. First, let’s take a look at what you’ll need to make this.
Now, you can make this as a necklace or as a bracelet. It’s simple enough to just alter the length.
Either way, you will need size 11 seed beads and size 8 seed beads. The combination of different sizes is what creates the gorgeous textured effect.
I chose to mix two colours of the smaller beads with just one colour of the larger size. But you might do something different. You can work with just one colour in both sizes. Or you can use one colour for the small and one for the large. You can pick shades of a single colour. Or, perhaps use very contrasted colours. So, you really have plenty of options.
You will also need your favourite beading thread. Plus a clasp of your choice. If you are really new to beading and need to know more about the different options for clasps and thread, try this website.
Experience and Techniques
This is a fairly basic herringbone spiral. However, it is not a beginner level project, necessarily. Because you are using different bead sizes, I would suggest you build up to this project.
Start by learning tubular herringbone technique. I have a lovely lariat project that I designed to teach you how to work in tubular herringbone. So, if you need to learn, then try this project.
Once you feel happy with that, you can progress to a simple spiral that uses all the same size of beads. My simple Herringbone spiral bracelet would be an ideal project for building those skills. So, use this link to get that pattern.
However, if you don’t want to get any extra patterns, it’s not a problem. This tutorial includes links to video demonstrations that you can use to learn the basic skills. So, you can build things up on your own.
About the candy herringbone spiral necklace
I began by promising to reveal more about how this project relates to my chocolate factory. Well, back in January 2021, I ran a little event on my blog, inviting you to take a tour of the many beading projects inspired by chocolate, candy and cake.
During that month, I published a few new tutorials on that theme. But I also invited requests from you. So, somebody asked me to make something inspired by marshmallow twists. I don’t know if you’ve seen these candies at all? Basically, they take four pastel-coloured lengths of marshmallow and spiral them into a tube.
So, this candy herringbone spire necklace is my take on that sweet. I picked colours to reflect the real candy. And of course, the herringbone spiral lends itself beautifully to this idea. So, I hope you enjoy it!