For the necklet illustrated will be required a gilt snap, costing about 4d., some fine linen thread, and two fine needles, specially made for bead threading, and sold by any shop selling the beads. Three kinds of beads will be needed, and some nacre (mother-of-pearl) plaques, which are dyed in a number of charming shades. First select your colour, and choose smooth, well-cut pieces of nacre, round, oval, triangular, or square, as preferred, costing from 4d. each.

The plaques are formed of two pieces of nacre placed together, with holes for the needle to pass through, but in working it is often necessary to pull them apart, and refix with a spot of fish glue. After choosing the nacre select the tiny metallic beads and some larger glass beads, of shades to correspond or contrast with it. Some pearl beads are also needed.

Thread two needles with thread sufficient for the length required, securing the two ends to the snap, take both needles through a large glass bead, packing any end of thread there may be into its tube, pass both needles through a pearl bead, and then on each one separately take up, say, thirty of the tiny metallic beads; then both needles through a pearl, large glass bead, and another pearl, and so on.

This necklet is composed of nacre plaques, tiny metallic beads, with larger glass and pearl beads

This necklet is composed of nacre plaques, tiny metallic beads, with larger glass and pearl beads

After the third section proceed with one needle only for the top row. Thread twenty metallic beads, two pearls, needle through nacre plaque, two pearls, twenty metallic beads, two pearls, and then the centre nacre plaque, and proceed to correspond with the half already made, as far as the single row is needed. Now take upon the second needle about twenty tiny metallic beads.two pearls, twenty metallic, one pearl, pass needle through plaque, one pearl, five metallic, back through same pearl, plaque, and pearl again. This forms a drop. Proceed in this way, allowing sufficient length for the second row to drop well below the top row of necklet, and keeping the two sides as even as possible. Proceed for the remainder of necklet with both needles, and fasten off neatly at clasp.

A tiny spot of fish glue is often found very useful in fixing an obstinate bead, or in preventing the beads from slipping between the pieces of nacre, as they are sometimes liable to do.