Single-Strand Necklace with Czech Glass Beads, Seed beads and Silver-Plated Beads

STEP 1

Weaving the Even-Count Peyote Pendant Base

Using scissors cut a 3-yard length of FireLine®. Add a stop bead to the end of the FireLine, by looping through the stop bead 1 time, leaving a 6-inch tail. String onto the FireLine, sixteen size 8 cobalt beads. This will be the width of your pendant.

Begin working in even-count peyote, creating a strip that is sixteen beads wide and fifty rows long.
STEP 2
On the fifty-first row, weave only six beads across. Work a total of eleven rows six beads wide. Weave the last woven row in this step to the last row of the base, forming a loop for a bail.

Weave the thread across to the other side of the main base so the needle is positioned to begin weaving on the last row of beads in the base.
STEP 3
Repeat Step 2 to create a second loop for the bail.
STEP 4
Lay your cabochon on top of your pendant base and find where you would like to have it placed. Apply a small amount of E-6000® adhesive on the back of the cabochon to help hold it in place.

Working off of the base of the pendant, using size 11 blue iris seed beads, weave two rows of peyote stitch around the cabochon. Continue weaving, working the following pattern:
  • One row using size 11 cobalt seed beads
  • One row using size 11 iris blue seed beads
  • One row using size 15 rocaille blue violet seed beads
Pull your thread tight so that it decreases the diameter of your beadwork.

For the next round, weave two size 15 seed beads in the first stitch then one size 15 in the next stitch. Continue adding two size 15 seed beads and then one in every other stitch. After you have gone all the way around the cabochon, if you feel it is not being held tight enough, work one more round with one size 15 seed bead in each stitch. Once complete, weave your thread into the beadwork and trim.
STEP 5

Adding the Fringe

Attach a new length of FireLine to the beadwork. Exit the end bead on the base of the pendant. Add one size 8 cobalt seed bead, ten size 11 seed beads (using a random mix of colors), one size 8 cobalt seed bead, one cube bead, one size 8 cobalt seed bead, one hairpipe bead, one size 8 cobalt seed bead and five size 15 seed beads (using random colors).

Turn the needle back toward the pendant and, bypassing the last five size 15 seed beads added, thread the needle back up through all of the beads. The last five size 15 seed beads will form a loop.

Pass your needle into the seed bead on the base next to the one that you had exited on the start of this fringe.
STEP 6
Thread onto the needle, two size 8 cobalt seed beads, ten size 11 seed beads, one size 8 seed bead, one cube bead, one size 8 cobalt seed bead, one hairpipe, one size 8 seed bead and five size 15 seed beads.

Bypassing the five size 15 seed beads added, go back up through all of the beads.
STEP 7
Repeat Step 6 working across the base of the pendant. All of the bead counts remain the same except for the size 8 seed beads added at the start of each fringe. Use the following counts to help vary the lengths of the fringe: 3, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2.

Once all the fringe has been added, weave your thread into the base and trim.
STEP 8
Open a jumpring then pass it through the loop on a feather drop and a loop at the end of one length of fringe. Close the jumrping.

Repeat adding a feather to the end of each length of fringe.
STEP 9

Making the Necklace

Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4mm jumpring. Pass the open rings through a loop on one silver-plated feather drop and the seed bead loop at the bottom of the first tassel. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach a feather drop to each of the sixteen tassels on the bottom of the focal piece.
STEP 10

Body of the Necklace

Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the toggle-ring portion of the clasp. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to add a 4mm jumpring to the loop on the toggle portion of the clasp.
STEP 11
Using flush-cutters, cut a 24-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the wire one crimp tube, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the jumpring attached to the first half of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the French wire and the jumpring so the French wire is formed in a nicely curved tube. Place a small amount of adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end.
STEP 12
String onto the beading wire one each of the following components:
  • 6mm purple druk bead
  • 4x3mm oval bone bead
  • 6mm dark blue druk bead
  • 6mm purple druk bead
  • 6mm dark blue druk bead
  • 7x5mm oval bone bead
  • 5mm round silver-plated bead
  • 6mm dark blue druk bead
  • 4x3mm cube silver-plated bead
  • 6mm purple druk bead
  • 6mm round silver-plated bead
  • 8mm dark blue druk bead
  • 8mm purple druk bead
  • 8x4mm smooth rondelle silver-plated bead
  • 8mm round bone bead
  • 8mm dark blue druk bead
  • 6x6mm cube silver-plated bead
  • 8mm purple druk bead
  • 8x4mm smooth rondelle silver-plated bead
  • 8mm dark blue druk bead
  • 8mm round bone bead
  • 8x4mm smooth rondelle silver-plated bead
  • 8mm purple druk bead
  • 6x6mm cube silver-plated bead
  • 8mm dark blue druk bead
  • 8x4mm smooth rondelle silver-plated bead
  • 8mm purple druk bead
  • 8mm round bone bead
  • 8x4mm smooth rondelle silver-plated bead
  • 8mm dark blue druk bead
  • 6x6mm cube silver-plated bead
  • 8mm purple druk bead
STEP 13
String onto the wire the first loop of the bail on the focal piece, two 6mm dark blue druk beads and the second loop of the bail on the focal piece.
STEP 14
Repeat Step 12, backwards, to create the second half of the strand in a mirror image of the first half of the strand.
STEP 15
String on one crimp tube, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the jumpring on the second half of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp then pull the wire snugly so the French wire makes a nicely curved tube. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the necklace. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the chain-nose pliers, crimp the center portion of the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the end.

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