Bugle beads aren't used very often. The extra long ones? Even less so. I did have a go and used them in earrings designs as you can see from my tutorial post on How to Make Stud Earrings with Connector Beads and Resin Clay (you can also use the same resin clay idea for all kinds of dangles). But these 3 statement necklaces really rock bugle beads!
Kirsten Nunez over on Studs and Pearls used them in her chevron statement necklace tutorial shown above. She glued them in place but they can also be sewn in. Yup, use them for bead embroidery. I didn't use glue but set long bugle beads into resin clay for a really unique pendant.
I also liked Mylene Hillam's Golden Shadows statement necklace tutorial which features chains, bugles and crystals. Check out her blog post and see how well it looks on her!
This pretty fringe style bugle bead statement necklace tutorial is by Esther Pollock over on Fire Moutain Gems. She actually stacked shorter bugle beads to extend them in her design.
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