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 Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Wirework 

Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Wirework
You can think of the coiled beads dangling from this woven neckcord as the Papa, Mama and Baby Beads, each barrel shape graduated with slightly different gauges of wire to realize their varying sizes. To graduate or alternate coiled bead sizes, good measuring techniques are essential. Document design measurements each time and you will be creating perfectly sized coiled beads from grand to petite.

Making the Papa (Large) Bead

The wire gauges and colors for the large bead are 22-gauge gold Zebra Wire™ (of which you will likely use about 9 feet) and 16-gauge brown Zebra Wire (of which you will likely use about 2 feet).

Tip: The higher the number of the wire gauge the thinner the wire diameter.

Set up The Coiling Gizmo® or other coiling device to form the coil for the largest bead. See package instructions on how to set up a coiler. You will use both rods of the coiler--the thick rod (which measures 3mm or 9-gauge) and the thin rod (which measures 1.75mm or 13-gauge).

Create a 6-inch coil of 22-gauge gold wire on the thin rod.
Step 1
Change The Coiling Gizmo to house the thick rod. Thread the 6-inch coil onto the 16-gauge brown wire. Secure one end of the 16-gauge wire to the loop of the rod’s handle.
Step 2
Turn the rod crank a few times to create a number of rings (a set of 4 rings is sufficient). Position your thumbnail at the base of the threaded 6-inch coil to allow the coil to anchor itself on the 16-gauge wire.

Continue to crank the rod until the entire 6-inch coil is wound onto the rod and formed in a cylinder shape. Create a set of 4 rings to secure the cylinder shape, mirroring the first end.

Trim excess wire on the end and cut the bead’s core wire away from the rod loop.

Trim the end rings down to be even with the beginning rings.
Step 3
With the bead off the rod, use your fingers in a wringing motion (one hand forward/one hand back) to manipulate the cylinder shape into a barrel shape. Continue to do this until the barrel is shaped to your liking.

Tip: The length of the shape condenses as this technique forces the center coils to widen, forming the barrel shape as shown.
Step 4
A third length of 16-gauge brown wire (1 foot) will become the overlay on the barrel bead. Place the bead back on the thick rod and firm up the shape by pressing it against the wall of the "U" bracket of the coiler.

Attach the end of this 16-gauge wire to the rod loop. Create rings as you crank, to secure the wire. Overlay the 16-gauge wire onto the barrel bead coils, slowly turning the crank and deliberately laying the wire just in between each space between the coils. Take care not to press the overlay wire down into the coils. This wire should be flush with the top surface of the barrel bead to maintain and enhance the barrel shape.




Continue to overlay with even pressure on the wire until you reach the end of the barrel.

Create rings at the end of the barrel bead to secure the wire. Cut the overlay wire away from the bead. Remove the barrel bead from the crank and trim excess wire at each end.

Making the Mama (Middle) Bead

The wire gauges for the Mama Bead are 24-gauge gold Zebra Wire (of which you will likely use about 10 feet) and 18-gauge brown Zebra Wire (of which you will likely use less than 2 feet).
Step 5
Create a 4-inch coil of thinner 24-gauge gold wire on the thin rod.

Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to complete the Mama Bead, using the 18-gauge brown wire instead of the 16-gauge brown wire.

Making the Baby (Small) Bead

The wire gauges for the Baby Bead are 26-gauge gold Zebra Wire (of which you will likely use about 12 feet) and 20-gauge brown Zebra Wire (of which you will likely use less than 1-1/2 feet).
Step 6
Create a 3-inch coil from the 26-gauge gold wire on the thin rod.

Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to complete the Baby Bead, using the 20-gauge brown wire instead of the thicker 16- or 18-gauge wires.

Threading the Papa Bead and Crystals onto the Neckcord

Step 7
Use the center woven threads (2) dangling on the neck cord to attach the Papa Bead and crystal beads.

Thread Papa Bead onto the two woven threads.

Snug up the Papa Bead towards the neckcord so there is no slack in the threads.

Make an overhand knot tight (with both threads) up against the base of the Papa Bead.

Repeat with another knot directly on top of the first knot.

Separate the two woven threads below the Papa Bead.




Add a 10mm Swarovski graphic bead to the left thread.

Make an overhand knot at the base of the graphic bead, leaving a 3/4 inch length of woven thread showing at the top of the graphic bead.

Add a 10mm Swarovski graphic bead to the right thread.

Make an overhand knot at the base of this graphic bead, leaving a 1/2 inch length of woven thread showing at the top of this graphic bead.




Gather both woven threads and thread them through the 18mm Swarovski rondelle bead. (The hole in this bead is large enough for both threads.)

Make an overhand knot at the base of the rondelle bead, leaving an inch length of woven thread showing at the base of the rondelle bead.

Repeat with another knot directly on top of the previous knot.

Note: The ends of the woven threads will be cut later and fabric cement will be used to seal all knots.

Threading the Mama Bead and Crystal Beads onto the Neckcord

Step 8
Use a 7-inch length of 1mm leather cord to add the Mama Bead and crystal beads.

Thread Mama Bead onto the 7-inch leather cord.

Pass the cord through the first neckcord woven ring and back down into the Mama Bead.

Tip: A Wide-Eye Needle is useful in getting the cords, one at a time, through the hollow coiled bead.

Snug up the Mama Bead towards the neckcord so there is no slack in the cords.

Make an overhand knot tight up against the base of the Mama Bead.

Repeat with another knot directly on top of the first knot.

Separate the two leather cords.

Add an 10mm and a 8mm Swarovski graphic bead to one leather cord.

Make an overhand knot at the base of the 8mm graphic bead, leaving a 1/2 inch length of leather cord showing at the top of the 10mm Graphic bead.

Add an 8mm Swarovski Xilion bead to the remaining leather cord.

Make an overhand knot at the base of the Xilion bead, leaving a 3/4 inch length of leather cord showing at the top of the Xilion bead.

Threading the Baby Bead and Crystal Beads onto the Neckcord

Step 9
Use a 7-inch length of 1mm leather cord to add the beads in this Step.

Thread Baby Bead onto the 7-inch leather cord.

Pass the cord through the last neckcord ring and back down into the Baby Bead, using a wide-eye needle to facilitate the threading.

Snug up the Baby Bead towards the neckcord so there is no slack in the threads.

Make an overhand knot tight up against the base of the Baby Bead.

Repeat with another knot directly on top of the first knot.

Separate the two leather cords.

Add two 8mm Swarovski graphic beads to one leather cord.

Make an overhand knot at the base of the lower 8mm graphic bead, leaving a 1/2 inch length of leather cord showing at the top of the upper 8mm graphic bead.

Add an 8mm Swarovski Xilion bead to the remaining leather cord.

Make an overhand knot at the base of the Xilion bead, leaving a 3/4 inch length of leather cord showing at the top of the Xilion bead.

Finishing the Ends

Step 10
Use GS Hypo Fabric Cement to seal the knots on the woven fabric threads and the leather cords.

Trim the 2 woven fabric threads at the base of the knot under the rondelle bead with a pair of sharp scissors.

Add a drop of fabric cement to each. Set aside.

Trim the 4 leather cords at the base of the knots under the remaining Swarovski with the scissors.

Add a drop of fabric cement to each. Set aside.

Note: Drying times vary for every adhesive. Allow sufficient time for the knots to be sealed.

To be worn, the woven neckcord has a clasp and extension system that allows for slightly varying lengths. There are additional woven rings on this neckcord in between the Family of Beads. You may wish to dangle additional beads from these or you can remove them with the same sharp scissors.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Forming Wire Coils'' how-to video and instructions
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