This necklace was actually a Plan C. I very recently got back into beading (with the extent of my beading before now pretty much limited to flower necklaces when I was in junior high), and I love anything with a cherry motif, so I decided to attempt a pair of cherry earrings. After making my first pair of cherries I didn't have enough red beads to make two sets, so Plan B was to create additional fruit charms and make a necklace. When Google-fu and "just winging it" failed, I decided Plan C would be a cherry pendant with beaded 9pin sides (I'm not sure what they're called in English, but in Japanese they're named because they look like the number 9; one of the flaws of getting back into beads while in Japan is that I pretty much lack the English vocabulary for it).
I futzed with a few different combos before deciding on the green/blue/silver/clear color scheme. The beaded pins are symmetrical up each side, but none of the patterns per side are duplicates. If anyone's interested in how I made the cherry charm (or the whole thing, really) I can add instructions, they're all pretty basic techniques since I'm still (re)learning how to bead.
EDIT: Ok, obviously I'm not hard to convince, two replies in and I've made a tutorial for the cherry! I've provided links to the images instead of posting them here so that no one's connection gets overwhelmed by them. I also switched sample beads halfway through; the larger red ones I tried using kept unraveling due to the bead thread being too thin, so I threw together a sample using smaller black beads. Just pretend the ends are all woven in and pretty like the instructions say they should be Cherry PendantMaterials
-Two 30-cm pieces of bead thread or cord, appropriate to the size of beads you decide to use
-18 red beads (9 per cherry)
-As many green beads as you need to make the stems as long as you want them-- I used 3 rectangular beads per cherry on my pendant, 4 rectangles per cherry in the black sample, and 5 circular beads in the red sample.
-2 "leaf" beads-- I used teardrop-shaped beads
-1 small green bead (a seed bead or something similar)
-2 jump ringsInstructions
1. String 3 red beads and slide them to the center of the thread.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads001.jpg
2. String 1 red bead and criss-cross both ends through, pull taut. It will resemble a little plus-sign.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads003.jpghttp://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads004.jpg
3. String 2 more red beads, one on each side.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads005.jpg
4. Repeat step 2.
5. Repeat step 3.
6. Cross-cross both ends through the bottom-most bead. Pull taut to form a "bead ball". (The photos are a step-by-step shot of each end threading through the bottom, then pulling into ball form)http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads006.jpghttp://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads007.jpghttp://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads009.jpghttp://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads010.jpg
7. Weave one end through the beads to secure. Leave the other end free.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads011.jpg
8. Using the remaining loose end, string as many green stem beads as desired.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads012.jpg
9. Repeat steps 1-8 for second cherry.
10. Thread ends from both cherries through the 2 leaf beads.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads013.jpghttp://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads014.jpg
(this is where the sample switches to black)
11. Thread both ends through the small green bead.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads015.jpg
12. Thread both ends through 1 jump ring, then back through the small green bead, leaf beads, and stem beads.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads016.jpg
13. Weave in ends.
14. Attach second jump ring to the first so the pendant will hang properly.http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads017.jpg
Depending on how large or small the beads are you can make earrings, attach them to necklaces or pendants, or use them as keychains. It probably works best if the cherry beads are somewhat round, but the stem beads can be round or elongated. I originally wanted to use tube beads, but the store didn't have any in green. I found these clear rectangular ones with colored centers that I ended up using instead.