Triple-Strand Necklace with Rhyolite Gemstone Focal and Gemstone Beads

STEP 1
Using two pairs of chain-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass the open ring through a loop on the tab half of the clasp. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach a jumpring to the other two loops on the tab half of the clasp.

Strand One

STEP 2
Using side-cutting pliers, cut a 24-inch length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. String onto the wire: one crimp tube, one sand opal crystal, 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the first jumpring attached to the clasp. Loop the beading wire, with the French wire passing over the jumpring in a curved tube, back through the crystal and the crimp, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the crystal, the French wire and the jumpring--the French wire should be even on either side of the jumpring. Place a small amount of Loctite 409 gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional). Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using side-cutting pliers, trim excess wire from the short end.
STEP 3
String onto the beading wire: one rhyolite flat round bead, one 4mm river stone bead, one rhyolite flat round bead and one 4mm sand opal crystal.

Repeat the pattern for a total of 15 sets.

String one rhyolite flat round bead onto the beading wire.
STEP 4
Place one crimp tube on the beading wire after the last bead, and then add one sand opal crystal, 1/2 inch of French wire and a 5mm jumpring. Do not attach the jumpring to the second side of the clasp at this time.

Pass the wire back through the crystal and crimp, then pull the wire snugly so the crimp and the French wire are closer to the jumpring and the French wire is even on both sides of the jumpring, in a nicely curved tube. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the strand then place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using side-cutting pliers, trim excess wire from the end.

Strand Two

STEP 5
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut a 24-inch length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Follow Step 1 to attach the beading wire to the second jumpring on the tab half of the clasp.
STEP 6
String onto the beading wire one 4mm river stone bead and one 4mm sand opal crystal.

Repeat the pattern 61 times for a total of 62 sets. String on one 4mm river stone bead.
STEP 7
Follow Step 4 to attach the end of the strand to a 5mm jumpring.

Strand Three

STEP 8
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut a 24-inch length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Follow Step 1 to attach the beading wire to a third jumpring on the tab-half of the clasp.
STEP 9
String onto the beading wire one rhyolite oval bead, one 4mm river stone bead, one rhyolite oval bead and one 4mm sand opal crystal.

Repeat the pattern 13 times for a total of 14 sets.

String onto the beading wire one rhyolite oval bead, one 4mm river stone bead and one rhyolite oval bead.
STEP 10
Follow Step 4 to attach the end of the strand to a 5mm jumpring.
STEP 11
Secure the tab-half of the clasp to the table using a piece of tape. Loosely braid the three strands together.
STEP 12
Using two pairs of chain-nose pliers, open the 5mm jumpring on the rhyolite flat round strand. Pass the open ring through the first loop on the box half of the clasp. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach the 4mm river stone and crystal strand to the center ring on the clasp and the rhyolite oval strand to the last ring on the clasp.

Attaching the Pendant Drop Assembly

STEP 13
Use side-cutting pliers to cut the head off of the end of a 2-1/2 inch headpin.
STEP 14
Create a wrapped loop on one half of the headpin.
STEP 15
String one 4mm river stone bead and one 4mm sand opal crystal onto the headpin. Repeat the pattern five times for a total of six sets.
STEP 16
Gently curve the headpin into a teardrop shape encircling all three strands on the necklace. Wrap the wire around the wire above the wrapped loop. Blunt cut the excess wire and tuck in the end with chain-nose pliers.
STEP 17
Place a 40x30mm pear-shaped rhyolite bead onto a second headpin and then start to make a wrapped loop. After you have made the initial loop, open it slightly and pass it through the wrapped loop from Step 14. Finish the wrapped loop to secure the drop.

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