Single-Strand Necklace with Bamboo Beads, Bone Beads and Metal Bells
Hawaiian tribal treasure
-- Designer --
Marlynn McNutt, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, clapperless, oxidized gold color brass, large bell
- Bead, bone, white, 5.5mm rondelle
- Bead, bamboo, 17x5mm tube
- Focal, bone, white, 40mm hook
- Focal, horn, black, 80mm large hook
- Clasp, hook-and-eye, vermeil, 19x11mm
To begin and end the necklace with French wire, cut a 48-inch long length of nylon cord and thread a twisted wire needle on each end.
Cut a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and thread it to the middle of the cord.
String through a loop on one side of the clasp and center the French wire in the clasp loop.
Thread both needles through the first bead and tie the cords together with a square knot right against the bead, tightening the French wire into a small loop that encloses the clasp loop.
Dot the knot with glue and let it dry (about 10 minutes).
String both needles through all the beads on the strand except the last one. Make sure the cords are pulled evenly through the beads.
Insert a jumpring through the loop on each hook and close it tightly.
Start with 5 bone rondelles. Then alternate a bamboo bead and a rondelle 8 times. String 4 clapperless bells, a rondelle, the jumpring on a white bone hook with the hook facing up, a rondelle, and 4 clapperless bells. String a rondelle, a bamboo bead, and a rondelle.
For the center, string 4 bells, a rondelle, the jumpring on the black horn hook, a rondelle, and 4 bells.
Repeat Step 2 in reverse. End the necklace with French wire as described above.
String the last bead on one needle. Then string a 1/2 inch piece of French wire on that needle. Thread it through the other clasp loop and take it back through the last bead. Tighten the cord to draw up the French wire loop and tie the two cords together below the final bead with a square knot. Glue the knot, then pass each needle through a bead or two before cutting off the cord tails.
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