Triple-Strand Necklace and Earrings with Assorted Gemstone Beads and Gold-Plated Metal Beads

Tumbled black agate, olive "jade" and green serpentine gemstone beads combine in a triple-strand necklace. You'll find easy-to-follow instructions for creating your own necklace and matching earrings.

Necklace

STEP 1
Cut a length of beading cord twice the length of the desired finished strand plus 10-inch. Thread a twisted wire needle to the center then string a crimp bead and slide it down to the tails. Tie it securely near the end of the doubled cord and put a little glue on the knot. Pass the needle through the bead tip from the inside (below the hook) and out the hole in the bottom.
STEP 2
String the beads.
  1. Begin each strand with a bead tip and 6 square gold beads.
  2. The shortest strand's finished length is about 14-inch, so cut a 38-inch length of cord. Alternate 5 sea green serpentine "jade" pebbles with a 3/8 inch piece of fancy French wire 5 times. End with 5 pebbles, 6 square gold beads, and the other bead tip.
  3. The middle strand is about 16-inch long, so cut a 42-inch length of cord. Alternate 5 black agate pebbles with a 3/8 inch piece of fancy French wire 7 times. End with 5 pebbles, 6 square gold beads, and the other bead tip.
  4. The third strand is about 19-inch long, so cut a 48-inch length of cord. Alternate 5 olive "jade" pebbles with a 3/8 inch piece of fancy French wire 9 times. End with 5 pebbles, 6 square gold beads, and the other bead tip.
  5. Attach the bead tip hooks to the clasp loops in order.
STEP 3
Sew into the second bead tip, going through the hole on the bottom toward the hook. Slide the needle a little down one side of the cord and cut it in two at the fold. The needle will remain on one cord. Thread a crimp bead on this cord and remove the needle. Snug up all the beads on the strand. Tie the two cords together over the crimp bead inside the bead tip with 2 square knots. Glue the knot and press the bead tip closed while the glue is still wet.
STEP 4
Put more glue on the knot in the first bead tip and close it. Trim the cord tails against the edge of the bead tips when the glue is dry.
STEP 5
Use round-nose pliers to curve each hook on the bead tips tightly around the loops on the ends of the clasp.

Earrings

STEP 1
String an olive pebble, 3/8 inch of fancy French wire, a black pebble, 3/8 inch of fancy French wire, and a sea green pebble on a 3-inch headpin.
STEP 2
To make a wrapped loop above the last bead, leave a small space above the last bead. Bend the remaining wire at a 90 degree angle and form a loop centered above the headpin. Grasp the loop with round-nose pliers just above where the wire tail crosses the space. Use chain-nose pliers to pull the wire tail around the straight wire above the last bead. When you reach the bead, trim off any extra wire with wire cutters.
STEP 3
Open the loop on an earwire and attach it to the wrapped loop. Then close the loop.

Repeat Steps 1 - 3 to create the second earring.

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