Multi-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Accu-Flex® Beading Wire, Swarovski Crystal Beads and Drops and Crinkled Silk Ribbon

Necklace

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut 20-inch lengths of the following:
  • 4 green Accu-Flex® beading wire
  • 2 red Accu-Flex® beading wire
  • 1 flat knitted wire
  • 1 3.8mm knitted wire
  • 1 red silk ribbon

Insert one end of each length of Accu-Flex® beading wire into one crimp end. Place a bead stopper on the ends to keep them in place. Use tweezers to "thread" in the knitted wire and silk ribbon - the end will get tight as the cords are inserted.
STEP 2
Apply a dab of adhesive onto the cords on each side of the crimp loop. The adhesive will seep down the cording and will make the crimped connection more secure. Be careful not to get adhesive on the outside of the crimp end or your fingers.

Using chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp.

Using flush-cutters, carefully trim the ends extending above the crimp end. Be careful to not cut the crimp end loop.
STEP 3
Thread seed beads onto one strand of Accu-Flex® beading wire.

Tip: Working carefully, the Accu-Flex® beading wire can be slid down the seed beads while on their temporary string.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to attach to the other crimp end and finish this section of strands.

Repeat Steps 1 - 3 for a second set of strands, cutting 24-inch lengths of the following:
  • 2 green Accu-Flex® beading wire
  • 2 red Accu-Flex® beading wire
  • 2 sterling silver Accu-Flex® beading wire
  • 1 flat knitted wire
  • 1 3.8mm knitted wire
  • 1 dark red silk ribbon with metallic edging
String 51 Swarovski 8mm round Siam beads onto one sterling silver Accu-Flex® beading wire strand, and seed beads on the second sterling silver Accu-Flex® beading wire strand.
STEP 4
Using a pair of flat-nose pliers and chain-nose pliers, open a jumpring and attach it to the loop on one crimp end.

Repeat to add a jumpring to the loop on each crimp end. Use a jumpring to connect the jumpring on one end of each section of strands and the loop on the toggle ring half of the clasp.

Repeat to connect the other ends of the strands to the toggle bar half of the clasp.

Earrings

STEP 1
Cut a piece of heavyweight paper to about 2-1/2 inches tall.

Tip: A business card works great for this.

Cut four 5-inch lengths of green Accu-Flex® beading wire.

Wind red and green Accu-Flex® beading wire around the card four times.

Put one 5-inch length of green Accu-Flex® beading wire under the wound strands of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Gather the 5-inch length at the top of the paper and slide a crimp bead over both ends. Slide the bundle off of the card. Cinch the Accu-Flex® beading wire together and slide the crimp down as close as you can to the wound bundle. Using crimping pliers, crimp the crimp bead.

Repeat to create four bundles of red and green Accu-Flex® beading wire.
STEP 2
Insert two Accu-Flex® beading wire bundles into a crimp end with loop. Using tweezers, "thread" into the crimp end a 3-4 inch length of silk ribbon and each knit wire.
STEP 3
Apply a dab of adhesive onto the cords on each side of the crimp loop. The adhesive will seep down the cording and will make the crimped connection more secure. Be careful not to get adhesive on the outside of the crimp end. Using chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp.
STEP 4
Using flush-cutters, carefully trim the ends extending above the crimp end. Be careful to not cut the crimp end loop. Cut the loops of Accu-Flex® beading wire at the end of the bundle to create an "Accu-Flex® beading wire tassel".
STEP 5
Thread seed beads onto one strand of Accu-Flex® beading wire then add a crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead to secure the seed beads.
STEP 6
Thread onto one length of Accu-Flex® beading wire, one crimp bead and one rivoli. Pass the Accu-Flex® beading wire back through the crimp. Crimp the crimp bead in place to secure the rivoli.

Using flush-cutters, trim any excess Accu-Flex® beading wire extending past the crimp bead.

Repeat adding two more rivolis to random lengths of Accu-Flex® beading wire.

Repeat Step 5 adding three Swarovski 8mm round Siam beads to random lengths of Accu-Flex® beading wire.
STEP 7
Assess the earring and trim the cords to create a pleasing final shape. Add a jumpring to the crimp-end loop and the loop on the earwire.

Repeat Steps 1 - 7 to create a matching earring.

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