Triple-Strand Necklace with Cat's Eye Glass Cabochon and Rainbow Fluorite Gemstone Beads

The rainbow fluorite necklace is made with three strands of graduated lengths.

To make this necklace you need three different lengths of thread to create the graduated effect. For the shortest strand cut 35 inches. The finished strand will give you a 15-inch beaded strand. For the second strand cut 38 inches, the finished strand will be 16-1/2 inches long. For the third strand cut 41 inches, the finished strand will be 18 inches when done.

STEP 1
To begin the necklace, cut the thread and thread your needle. Knot the end of your thread and cut off any excess thread up to the knot. To begin and end, pick a bead tip and place a small amount of glue inside, place the knot into the glue. (It helps to have a pair of tweezers to hold the bead tip.) Using your chain-nose pliers close the bead tip making sure to wipe off any excess glue.
STEP 2

The pattern for the first strand goes as follows, use a 35-inch strand:

One each:
  • Iridescent purple and iridescent green Czech fire polished bead (in which ever order you wish)
  • Small silver colored bead cap
  • 6mm round rainbow fluorite
  • Small silver colored bead cap
  • 1 each green and purple iridescent Czech fire polished bead
  • 6mm rainbow fluorite rondelle
Then continue pattern 15 more times, alternating the colors of the rainbow fluorite beads, ending with:
  • 1 each of the green and purple Czech fire polished beads
  • Small silver colored bead cap
  • 6mm rainbow fluorite round
  • and 1 each green and purple Czech fire polished bead
  • Knot the end of the necklace, get the knot as close to the last bead as possible without pulling too hard, that can kink the necklace. (I find using a jeweler's awl is extremely helpful in placing the knot where I want it.) Repeat the bead tip process in Step 1.
STEP 3

The pattern for the second strand goes as follows, use a 35-inch strand:
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • Delica leaf green seed bead
  • Purple Czech fire polished bead
  • Leaf green seed bead
  • 6mm rondelle rainbow fluorite
  • Sterling silver double cone
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • Light purple seed bead
  • Green Czech fire polished bead
  • Light purple seed bead
  • 6mm rainbow fluorite rondelle
  • Sterling silver double cone
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • Green seed bead
  • Purple Czech fire polished
  • Green seed bead
  • 6mm rondelle rainbow fluorite
  • Sterling silver double cone
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • matte purple seed bead
  • Green Czech fire polished
  • matte purple seed bead
  • Rondelle
  • Sterling silver double cone
  • Then the pattern starts over and goes 4 more times. Finish with:
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • Green seed bead
  • Purple Czech fire polished bead
  • Green seed bead
  • And a 6mm rainbow fluorite rondelle
  • Repeat the bead tip process in Step 1.
STEP 4
The pattern for the third strand goes as follows, use a 35-inch strand:
  • Sterling silver bead cap open ovals
  • Rainbow fluorite 12x6mm oval
  • Sterling silver bead cap open ovals
  • Czech fire polished green or purple bead
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • Then another green or purple Czech fire polished bead
Continue 8 more times then add your tube with loop, then start the pattern over in reverse starting with:
  • A Czech fire polished bead
  • Rainbow fluorite cube
  • And another Czech fire polished bead so that you will end up with two matching sides with the tube with loop in the center.
  • Repeat the bead tip process in Step 1.
STEP 5
Attach a splitring to each side of your clasp. Attach the loops on the bead tips. At the end of the three strands to each splitring making sure to keep them in order on each side from shortest to longest and making sure the clasp faces the right direction so when wearing the necklace it matches up in back.
STEP 6
For the cabochon you will need at least 48 inches of green wire. Bend the wire in half using a rounded object, such as a jeweler's awl. Hold the two ends of the wire together and use the jeweler's awl to twist the wire around each other. Twist it as tight or as loose as you prefer. You now have a length of twisted wire to work with.
STEP 7
Thread the wire through the bottom hole of the flower connector and wrap wire from top to bottom and front to back of the cabochon. Loop through the connector hole again. Make sure to leave enough space between the connector and the cabochon because you will wrap the wire around itself at the top to hold it in place. Wrap the wire around the cabochon in any pattern you wish making sure to keep the tension even so the wire doesn't slip off. Make sure to weave the wire in and out of each other in the back of the cabochon to help keep it in place. When you've achieved the desired look, loop the wire in back of the cabochon by wrapping the wire around the wire already there to secure it, cut off any excess wire
STEP 8
Attach the cabochon by using a splitring to connect the top hole of your flower connector to the center tube on the necklace. Enjoy your new necklace!

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