Double-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Cultured Freshwater Pearls

This necklace design is a great project for those who love intricate details and luxurious ingredients. Combining White Lotus™ cultured freshwater pearls with Swarovski AB crystal beads and rhinestone-encrusted sterling silver teardrops in a unique crustacean-inspired double strand necklace will make a splash everywhere you wear it!

A magical mix of alluring Swarovski crystal combines with elegant cultured freshwater pearls for a sensational night-on-the-town accent or wedding piece any time of year.

STEP 1
Using two pairs of chain-nose pliers, open all of the 6mm jumprings. Place six 9mm jumprings onto one open 6mm jumpring and close. Link a second 6mm jumpring through all six 9mm jumprings and close. Separate the 9mm rings so there are three on each side of the 6mm jumprings.
STEP 2
Link a 6mm jumpring through three 9mm jumprings on each side of the 6mm jumprings and add three new 9mm jumprings. Close the jumpring and add a second 6mm jumpring through the same six 9mm jumprings as the first 6mm jumpring.
STEP 3
Repeat Step 2 to create a 10-inch chain that has 27 sets of 9mm jumprings linked by 25 pairs of 6mm jumprings.
STEP 4
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create a second 13-inch chain that has 31 sets of 9mm jumprings linked by 30 pairs of 6mm jumprings. Create another 3-inch length of chain that has 8 sets of 9mm jumprings linked by 7 pairs of 6mm jumprings and set aside.
STEP 5
Place one round white opal crystal onto a headpin with a star. Pass the headpin through the two 6mm jumprings at one end of the chain. Place another white opal crystal onto the headpin and begin a wrapped loop. Before closing the loop, slip the ring of an 18x8mm sterling silver satin teardrop onto the pin so it rests inside the loop. Complete the wrapped loop to secure the teardrop. Trim any excess wire.
STEP 6
Bend the wire of a rainbow moonstone cabochon headpin to a 90° angle directly above the cabochon. Trim the wire to 1/4 inch. Grip the end of the wire with a pair of round-nose pliers and rotate your wrist, forming a simple loop in the wire that rests above the cabochon. Link one 6mm jumpring through the loop above the cabochon and through the second set of 9mm jumprings in the chain. Close the loop. Link another 6mm jumpring through the loop above the cabochon and through the next set of 9mm jumprings in the chain. Close the jumpring.
STEP 7
Repeat Step 5 adding a star headpin, crystals and a teardrop through every other pair of 6mm jumprings in the 10-inch chain. Add teardrops in the following order:
  • 22x10mm
  • 27x13mm satin
  • 18x8mm
  • 27x13mm satin
  • 22x10mm
  • 27x13mm satin
  • 18x8mm
  • 27x13mm satin
  • 22x10mm
  • 27x13mm satin
  • 18x8mm
  • and 18x8mm satin
STEP 8
Repeat Step 6, linking a rainbow moonstone headpin to the chain between each teardrop.
STEP 9
Place a button pearl, star rondelle and clear 6mm round crystal onto a ball headpin and make a wrapped loop. Make 7 more pearl/crystal dangles and set aside.
STEP 10
Link a 6mm jumpring through the loop of one pearl/crystal dangle from Step 9, then through the set of 9mm rings on one end of the 13-inch chain. Repeat adding a pearl/crystal dangle to the following sets of 9mm jumprings: 5th, 9th, 13th, 19th, 23rd, 27th, and 31st.
STEP 11
Create simple loops on eight rainbow moonstone headpins as you did in Step 6. Use a 6mm jumpring to attach one to the following sets of 9mm jumprings, starting from the same end you started with in Step 10: 3rd, 7th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 25th, and 29th.
STEP 12
Use two 6mm jumprings to attach together the last set of 9mm jumprings in each chain. Repeat for the other end of each chain.
STEP 13
Use one 6mm jumpring to attach an 18x8mm satin teardrop to the last set of 9mm jumprings in the 10-inch chain above the 6mm jumprings, linking the two chains together.
STEP 14
Cut an 18-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire and thread seven 3mm Swarovski crystal bicones and center them on the wire. Pass the wire through the last set of 9mm jumprings in the 10-inch chain, above the teardrop added in Step 13. Passing over both wires, string on one star rondelle, one clear 6mm crystal round and one star rondelle. Separate the wires and thread one crimp bead, one 3mm rice pearl, one 3mm bicone crystal, one button pearl, one star rondelle, one 7mm rice pearl, five stick pearls, one 7mm rice pearl and one star rondelle onto one wire. Repeat the pattern backwards from the 7mm rice pearl to the crimp bead and place a bonding clip on the end of the wire. String the same pattern of beads onto the second wire.
STEP 15
Remove the bonding clip and string one star rondelle, one clear 6mm round crystal and one crimp bead over both wires. Pass the wires through the jumpring on the end of the lobster claw clasp and back through the crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead to secure the wires.
STEP 16
Repeat Step 14.
STEP 17
Remove the bonding clip and string over both wires one star rondelle, one clear 6mm round crystal, one crimp bead, seven 3mm bicone crystals and one set of 9mm jumprings onto one end of the 3-inch chain made in Step 2. Pass the wires back through the crimp bead, pulling the wires so the bicone crystals form a loop through the jumprings. Crimp the crimp bead to secure the wires.
STEP 18
Use one 6mm jumpring to add one 22x10mm satin teardrop to the end of the 3-inch chain for an elegant finish.

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