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Triple-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Swarovski Crystal, Gold-Plated Steel Focals and Antiqued Gold-Plated Steel Links


Nothing says wedding like knotted pearls and filigree. When I got married 20 years ago, I wish I had a necklace that could withstand the test of time. It would make sharing my wedding photos so much more fun. That was my motivation for this multi-strand necklace project featuring an update on classical pearl knotting. Contemporary meets classical with randomly mixed knotted segments with fancy Hot Tips® and antiqued filigree. Finish the look off with an asymmetrical arrangement of chain tassels for a distinctive bridal style that will still look classically beautiful even after 20 years.
- Jamie Smedley

Necklace Instructions

Preparing the Materials and Focal Component

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut three 10-inch lengths of gold color 26-gauge Zebra Wire™. Using scissors, cut one length of white size FFF Purely Silk™ thread approximately 13 feet long.
STEP 2
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers open seven antiqued gold-plated 6mm 20-gauge jumprings and nineteen antiqued gold-plated 6mm 18-gauge jumprings.
STEP 3
Align the two fancy spacers so they are flat, one in front of the other, and so the crystals for each are on the lower half. Flip them over, maintaining their correct positioning. Pass one end of one 10-inch length of wire through one loop on one side of a 35x15mm fancy rectangle spacer, leaving a 1-inch tail of wire. Wrap the wire around the loop on the spacer to secure it in place. Bring the wire through the paired up loop on the 39x17mm fancy double circle spacer of the wire then through the loop on the rectangle spacer.

Repeat passing the wire through both loops, creating a hinge. Tip: Make sure the two spacers have room to swing like a hinge, if the wire is wrapped too tight it might eventually snap with wear.

Pass the working wire end toward the front of the circle spacer, through the opening next to the loop, over the loops of wire, down toward the front of the circle spacer on the other side of the loop then through the opening next to the loop. Wrap the wire through the opening again to secure. Trim the excess.

Wrap the tail end of the wire through the loops one time then anchor in a place that hides the end. Trim any excess then tuck in the ends as needed so they are finished neatly.

Repeat to wire wrap the other loop of each spacer together.
STEP 4
Fold one 4-inch length of wire in half. Pass both ends of the wire through the space on one side of the rhinestone flower on the 39x17mm spacer, working from front to back. Pass the ends through the loop created when folding the wire in half then pull snugly so the loop rests against the side of the spacer, creating a Lark’s head knot with the wire.

Pass the ends of the same wire through the space on the other side of the rhinestone flower. Wrap the wire around itself to finish, and then trim any excess if needed. Use chain-nose pliers to tuck in the ends so they don’t catch when worn.
STEP 5
Attach one 6mm 20-gauge jumpring to each remaining loop on the 35x15mm fancy rectangle and 39x17mm fancy double circle spacer. Set this assembly aside.
STEP 6
String onto one end of the length of thread, one Hot Tips antiqued gold-plated 9x5mm leaf bead tip and one gold-filled 2x2mm crimp bead. Pass the thread through the crimp bead once more in the same direction looping through the crimp bead leaving approximately 1/2 inch of thread on one end.
STEP 7
Add a needle to the end of the thread. String the following Swarovski round pearls onto the thread, tying an overhand knot between each pearl to create a length of knotted pearls: one white 8mm, one light cream rose 8mm, one white 8mm, one light cream rose 10mm, one white 8mm and two light cream rose 10mm.
STEP 8
String onto the thread, one leaf bead tip and one crimp bead. Pass the thread through the crimp bead once more in the same direction looping through the crimp bead. Using crimping pliers, crimp the crimp bead. Using scissors, trim the thread close to the crimp bead. Using chain-nose pliers, gently close the leaf bead tip concealing the crimp bead.
STEP 9
Repeat Steps 6 - 8 stringing a second length of knotted Swarovski round pearls with bead tips on each end. String the pearls in the following pattern: one light cream rose 8mm, one white 8mm, one light cream rose 8mm, one cream rose 10mm, one white 8mm and two cream rose 10mm.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 6 - 8 creating eleven knotted pearl strands with bead tips on each end. String the Swarovski round pearls in random patterns in the following lengths, being sure to save five light cream rose 8mm pearls and two white 8mm pearls:
  • One length of one Swarovski pearl
  • One length of fourteen Swarovski pearls
  • One length of nine Swarovski pearls
  • Two lengths of three Swarovski pearls
  • Two lengths of seven Swarovski pearls
  • Two lengths of five Swarovski pearls
  • One length of two Swarovski pearls
  • One length of four Swarovski pearls
STEP 11
Pass one 6mm 18-gauge jumpring through the loop on one antiqued brass-finished 20x11mm lobster claw clasp and the loop on the single loop side of one antiqued gold-plated 26x5mm end bar with two loops. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second jumpring to the same loop.
STEP 12
Pass the open loop on a leaf bead tip, on one end of the knotted pearls from Step 7 (the end with an 8mm round pearl) through the right-side loop on the two loop side of the 26x5mm end bar. Using chain-nose pliers, close the loop. Attach the loop of the bead tip at the end of this strand of pearls to the jumpring on the right side of the 35x15mm fancy rectangle from Step 5.

Repeat to attach one leaf bead tip on the knotted pearls from Step 9 to the left loop on the end bar and to the left side of the 35x15mm fancy rectangle.

Assembling the First Strand

STEP 13
Attach a leaf bead tip on one end of a length of three knotted pearls to the jumpring on the bottom right side of the fancy double circle spacer. Attach the leaf bead tip on the opposite end of this length of pearls to the loop on one end of two antiqued gold-plated 14x14mm domed squares, assembled facing back to back.
STEP 14
Repeat Step 13 attaching a leaf bead tip on one end of a length of seven knotted pearls to the opposite loop on the two domed squares from Step 13, then connecting the opposite end of the length of pearls to two new 14x14 domed squares assembled facing back to back.
STEP 15
Repeat Step 14, attaching one end of a length of five knotted pearls to the two domed squares from Step 14, and the other end of the five knotted pearl strand to two new domed squares.
STEP 16
Repeat Step 15, attaching one end of a length of two knotted pearls to the two domed squares from Step 15 and the opposite end of the pearl strand to the left-side loop of an end bar with three loops.

Assembling the Second Strand

STEP 17
Starting with the wire underneath the rhinestone flower from Step 4, repeat Steps 14 - 16 to connect one length of three knotted pearls, one length of seven knotted pearls, one length of five knotted pearls and one length of four knotted pearls together, with two domed squares assembled facing back to back in between each length of pearls.

Attach the last bead tip to the center loop of the 3-loop end bar from Step 16.

Assembling the Third Strand

STEP 18
Starting with the 6mm jumpring on the left side of the fancy double circle spacer, repeat Steps 14 - 16 to connect one length of one knotted pearl, one length of fourteen knotted pearls and one length of nine knotted pearls together, placing two 14x14 domed squares assembled facing back to back in between each length of pearls. Attach the last bead tip to the right-side loop of the 3-loop end bar from Step 16.
STEP 19
Pass one open 6mm 18-gauge jumpring through an unopened 6mm 18-gauge jumpring and the loop on the single-loop side of an end bar with three loops. Close the jumpring.

Add a series of four more jumprings to the last jumpring connected to the end bar to create an eight-length jumpring chain.
STEP 20
String onto one gold-plated 2-inch headpin, one leaf bead tip so the head of the headpin rests inside the bead tip. Using chain-nose pliers gently close the leaf bead tip concealing the end of the headpin.
STEP 21
String the following onto the headpin: one Swarovski white 8mm pearl, one leaf bead tip so the bead tip loop faces away from the pearl and one gold-filled 2x2mm crimp bead.

Open the leaf bead tip wide so the crimp can be reached with crimping pliers; crimp the crimp bead approximately 1/8 inch above the Swarovski pearl. (This will allow the bead tip to close properly.) Using flush-cutters trim the excess from the straight end of the headpin that extends above the crimp bead.

Gently close the leaf bead tip concealing the crimp bead then close the loop of the bead tip to create a Swarovski pearl link.
STEP 22
Pass the open loop on a leaf bead tip on one end of the Swarovski pearl link through the loop on one gold-plated 39x8mm chain tassel. Using chain-nose pliers, close the loop.

Repeat Steps 21 - 22 to create a total of five Swarovski white 8mm pearl and tassel drops and two Swarovski light cream rose 8mm pearl and tassel drops.
STEP 23
Create a chain of seven 6mm 20-gauge jumprings. Attach one Swarovski white 8mm pearl and tassel drop to one end of the jumpring chain. Attach the other end of the jumpring chain to the loop on the bottom corner of the domed square below the rhinestone flower in the second strand.

Repeat to create a chain of four 6mm 20-gauge jumprings and attach one Swarovski light cream rose 8mm pearl and tassel drop to the right corner of the second domed square on the second strand.
STEP 24
Close the loop on the leaf bead tip on the end of one Swarovski white 8mm pearl and tassel drop. Pass one 6mm 20-gauge jumpring through the drop and the jumpring on the left side of the fancy double circle spacer. Close the jumpring.
STEP 25
Attach one Swarovski light cream rose pearl and tassel drop to the loop on the bottom corner of the first domed square on the third strand. Attach one white pearl and tassel drop to the left-side corner of the same first domed square. Attach white pearl tassel drops to to the right-side corner and the bottom corner of the second domed square in the same strand.
STEP 26
Pass one 6mm 18-gauge jumpring through the loop on one gold-plated 39x8mm chain tassel and the last jumpring in the jumpring chain from Step 19. Close the jumpring.

Earrings

STEP 1
String onto one gold-plated 2-inch headpin, one leaf bead tip so the head of the headpin rests inside the bead tip. Using chain-nose pliers gently close the leaf bead tip concealing the end of the headpin.
STEP 2
String the following onto the headpin:
  • One Swarovski white 8mm pearl
  • One leaf bead tip
  • One gold-filled 2x2mm crimp bead
STEP 3
Open the leaf bead tip wide so the crimp can be reached with crimping pliers; crimp the crimp bead approximately 1/8 inch from the Swarovski pearl. Using flush-cutters trim the excess from the straight end of the headpin to just above the crimp bead. Using chain-nose pliers gently close the leaf bead tip concealing the crimp bead.
STEP 4
Pass the open loop on a leaf bead tip on one end of the Swarovski pearl link through the loop on one gold-plated 39x8mm chain tassel. Using chain-nose pliers, close the loop creating a Swarovski 8mm white 8mm pearl and tassel drop.

Using chain-nose pliers, close the loop on the opposite end of the Swarovski white 8mm pearl and tassel drop.
STEP 5
Pass one 6mm 20-gauge jumpring through the loop on the Swarovski white 8mm pearl and tassel drop and the loop on one antiqued gold-plated leverback earwire. Close the jumpring.
STEP 6
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to create a second earring.

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