Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal, Black Onyx Gemstone Focals, Moss Agate Gemstone Beads and Wirework
Flight of the Monarch Butterfly Necklace
-- Designer --
Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal AmbassadorTo learn more about Sandra Lupo, read her jewelry artist success story here
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Making a Wire Coil and Cutting Segments
Following manufacturer's instructions, set up a Coiling Gizmo® or the new Coiling Gizmo Deluxe Econo Winder and form a 6-inch coil of 20-gauge wire on the thinnest (1.8mm) rod of the Coiling Gizmo or second thinnest (1.6mm) rod from the new Coiling Gizmo Deluxe.
Tip: Feed the wire onto the coiling device right from the spool. Approximately 6 feet of 20-gauge wire will be used to yield a 6-inch coil. This design will use about 3-inches of the coil but creating a 6-inch length is the most efficient way as well as creates the least amount of waste; you can create a smaller coil if you'd like.
Cut the 6-inch coil away from the rod and trim the wire ends. Cut into the coil to create the following segments, then set aside: 2 coils with 7 rings (approximately 3/16 inch each); 2 coils with 9 rings (approximately 1/4 inch each); and 2 coils with 11 rings (approximately 3/8 inch each).
Measuring and Cutting Wire
Tip: One straightening should be enough for this soft wire. Copper-plated wires can be straightened and require no polishing cloth.
Cut the straightened wire into the following lengths: (2) 5-inch lengths (small butterfly); (2) 7-inch lengths (medium butterfly); and (2) 9-inch lengths (large butterfly).
Flush cut each end then, using a permanent marker, mark each wire lightly at its middle. Set aside.
From the polished and straightened wire cut in Step 3, cut 6 lengths of wire in these graduated sizes: 2 lengths of wire at 1 inch each (small butterfly); 2 lengths of wire at 1-1/4 inch each (medium butterfly); and 2 lengths of wire at 1-1/2 inch each (large butterfly). Set aside.
Create the Small Butterfly Form
Using round-nose, chain-nose and/or nylon jaw flat-nose pliers, and working with one 5-inch length of straightened wire from Step 4, create your first spiral at one end. Stop spiraling when you reach the marked middle of the wire.
Insert this spiral into a 7-ring (3/16 inch) coil from Step 2.
Spiral the other end of the 5-inch wire to meet its spiral end.
Repeat Step 6, creating the first spiral on one end of a 5-inch length of wire. Insert the straight end of the wire through the coil in between the double spiral created in Step 6. Insert one 1-inch length of wire cut in Step 5 through the same coil.
Spiral the straight end of the 5-inch length of wire to complete 4 spirals and form the small butterfly's wings.
Trimming, Turning and Positioning the Short Length of Wire
Create a 1/4 inch simple loop on each end of the 1-inch length of wire extending past the butterfly wings.
Note: You may need to trim the wire ends to form the loop.
Tip: The inserted wire sits alongside the other two wires in the coil, fills the interior of the coil and stabilizes the butterfly wings to lay flat. There is still room for the flexible stringing wire that will bring all parts together when creating the finished necklace.
For this necklace design, the simple loops of the butterfly are repositioned to be flat, giving the butterfly component a front and a back. The loops will then be hidden from view to allow the Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire to connect all components later.
To flatten, grab the simple loop with chain-nose pliers and bend down the side of the coil. Repeat with the simple loop at the other end.
Tip: For another design style, the simple loops formed can be utilized as connectors to each other or with jumprings to create a necklace of graduated butterflies without the use of Accu-Flex beading wire.
Repeat all steps to form the second small butterfly.
Repeat all steps to form the remaining four graduated (medium and large) butterflies for a total of 6 butterfly components, as shown in this necklace design.
Create a Jumpring Chain
Open a jumpring and join it to another. Repeat to create a length of chain. Add the chain to one half of a toggle clasp. Repeat to create a second length of chain that is joined to the other half of the toggle clasp. The necklace shown has a 4-inch chain-clasp segment.
Create the Center Dangle of Crystal Butterflies
Join pairs of jumprings to create a length of chain. The chain segment shown is 3-inches long. Use jumprings to add Swarovski crystal crystal butterflies along the length of the chain. Thread a butterfly onto a headpin then form a simple loop. Open the loop and attach to the jumpring chain; close the loop. Repeat to attach varying sizes and colors of crystal butterflies to the jumpring chain. Create double-wrapped loops to add Swarovski crystal crystal leaves to the chain.
Stringing the Necklace
Cut a 20-inch length of Accu-Flex Professional Quality beading wire and thread on the top jumpring pair in the center dangle chain. String a small round crimp bead on each side of the chain.
Crimp the crimp beads as close as possible to each side of the chain. Cover the crimped crimp beads with crimp covers.
To create the necklace as shown, string one of each of the following onto one side of the necklace:
Continue stringing the following:
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to the other side of the necklace to complete the necklace.
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