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 Triple-Strand Necklace with Paua Shell Beads and Cultured Freshwater Pearls 

Triple-Strand Necklace with Paua Shell Beads and Cultured Freshwater Pearls
Step 1
Cut a 26-inch length of cord for the first strand, which is 18 inches long plus the length of the clasp, thread a twisted wire needle on the end of the cord. Cut a 3/8 - 1/2 inch piece of French wire and thread it on the cord. String through the loop at one end of the clasp and center the French wire in the clasp loop.
Step 2
Thread the needle through a gold pearl and tie the cords together with a square knot right against the pearl, tightening the French wire into a small loop that it encloses the clasp loop. Dot the knot with G-S Hypo cement and let it dry (about 10 minutes).
Step 3
When the glue is dry, string 2 more gold pearls on both cords.

For the first half of the strand, string:
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a pink stick pearl
  • a small paua oval
  • a champagne pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a gold pearl
  • a small paua shell oval
  • a peacock pearl
  • 3/4 inches of chips
  • a bronze pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a pink stick pearl
  • 3/4 inches of chips
  • a cranberry pearl
  • a large oval paua shell
For the other half of the strand, string:
  • a gold pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a pink stick pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a peacock pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a champagne pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a peacock pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a cranberry pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a gold pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • 3 gold pearls
Make sure the beads are snug on the cord but not rigid. End the strand as in Step 4 with a gold pearl and a piece of French wire.
Step 4
String the last gold pearl on the needle. Then string a 3/8 - 1/2 inch piece of French wire on that needle. Thread it through the loop at the other end of the clasp and take it back through the last bead. Tighten the cord to draw up the French wire loop and tie together below the final bead with a square knot. Make sure the cord is pulled evenly through all the beads. (Strands may be lengthened if desired by adding more beads to each end of the strand). Dot the knot with G-S Hypo cement and let it dry.
Step 5
Cut a 29-inch length of cord for the middle strand, which is 21-inch long, and begin it behind the first strand in the same clasp loop, using French wire and a gold pearl. String 2 more gold pearls on both cords when the glue is dry.

For the first half of the strand, string:
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a bronze pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a bronze pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a champagne pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a pink stick pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a bronze pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a champagne pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a cranberry pearl
  • a large oval paua shell
  • a champagne pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
String the other half of the strand with:
  • a peacock pearl
  • a large oval paua shell
  • a cranberry pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a pink stick pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a gold pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a peacock pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a champagne pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a cranberry pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a pink stick pearl
  • 3/4 inches of chips and 2 gold pearls
End like the first strand in the same clasp loop but behind strand #1.
Step 6
Cut a 32-inch length of cord for the third strand, which is 24 inches long, and begin it behind the second strand in the same clasp loop, using French wire and a gold pearl. String 2 more gold pearls on both cords when the glue is dry.

Start the strand with:
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a peacock pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a bronze pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a champagne pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a pink stick pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a peacock pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a bronze pearl
  • 3/4inches of paua shell chips
  • a cranberry pearl
  • 5/8 inches of paua shell chips
  • 2 large gold stick pearls
  • 5/8 inches of paua shell chips
  • a pink stick pearl
  • a paua flat egg shape
  • a peacock pearl
  • 1/2 inches of paua shell chips
  • a gold pearl
  • a paua flat egg shape
  • a champagne pearl
Continue the other half of the strand with:
  • 1/2 inches of paua shell chips
  • a peacock pearl
  • a paua flat egg shape
  • a gold pearl
  • 5/8 inches of paua shell chips
  • 2 large gold stick pearls
  • 5/8 inches of paua shell chips
  • a cranberry pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a bronze pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a pink stick pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a bronze pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a champagne pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • a peacock pearl
  • a small oval paua shell
  • a cranberry pearl
  • 3/4 inches of paua shell chips
  • 2 gold pearls
End like the first strand in the same clasp loop but behind strand #2.
Step 7
String the last bead on the needle. Then string a 3/8 - 1/2 inch piece of French wire on that needle. Thread it through the loop at the other end of the clasp and take it back through the last bead. Tighten the cord to draw up the French wire loop and tie together below the final bead with a square knot. Glue the knot, then pass the needle back through a bead or two if possible. Cut off the excess cord when the glue is dry. For an added touch, tie 2 or 3 strands of raffia to each ring of the clasp and separate the strands into smaller strips for a fuller look (raffia can be purchased at your local craft store.)

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