Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Acrylic Components and Focals, Cloisonné Focal, Macramé Waxed Cotton Cord and Wirework

Necklace

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut three 5-inch lengths of magenta 24-gauge Zebra Wire™.
STEP 2
Using a 3mm beading awl, starting at one end of a 5-inch length of wire, tightly wrap the wire around the awl until you get to the middle of the piece of wire, creating a spiral. Repeat on the other two pieces of wire.

Match the ends of the three pieces of wire. String one purple seed bead and one acrylic frosted light purple 32x9mm flower onto the wire. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a 3mm wrapped loop on the straight end of the wires, wrapping the wire for 2 to 3 wraps under the base of the flower.

Using chain-nose pliers, gently pull the end of the first spiraled wire on the front of the flower. This will loosen the spiral. Repeat on all three wires.

Repeat to create seven frosted yellow flower wrapped bead drops, nine frosted pink flower wrapped bead drops and nine frosted light purple flower wrapped bead drops using one seed bead, one flower component and three pieces of wire. Alternate using magenta and brass wire when making the flowers.
STEP 3
Using a pair of scissors, cut four 6-foot lengths of dark green waxed cotton cord.
STEP 4
Match the ends of the four strands of 6-foot lengths of cord. Place an overhand knot on the end of the cords to hold together. Pin or tape the strands to your work station to make it easier to form your knots evenly.

Do not cut the short ends of the strands of cord.
STEP 5
Make a square knot using the two outside strands over the two inside strands. The basic pattern is:
  • Strand 1 over the base
  • Strand 2 over strand 1
  • Strand 2 under the base
  • Strand 2 through the loop
  • Strand 2 over base
  • Strand 1 over strand 2
  • Strand 1 under the base
  • Strand 1 through the loop
You must alternate starting with strand 1 then strand 2 to get a flat pattern. If you start consistently with the same strand the pattern will twist.

Continue making alternating square knots for 1/2 inch.
STEP 6
String one frosted green leaf and the loop on one frosted yellow flower wrapped bead drop onto one of the base strands. Bring the two knotting strands around the outside of the components (approximately 1/4 inch), and then make one square knot around the base strands.
STEP 7
String one frosted light green leaf, one frosted pink and a yellow flower wrapped bead drop and one frosted light green leaf onto one of the base strands. Bring the two knotting strands around the outside of the components, and then make one square knot around the base strands.

Continue to string two leaves and one flower between each set of square knots for 5-1/2 inches, alternating the flower and leaf colors in a random pattern, always stringing the components on the base strands.
STEP 8
String one frosted green leaf and the loop on one cloisonné butterfly focal onto one of the base strands. Bring the two knotting strands around the outside of the components and then make one square knot around the base strands.

Continue to string two leaves and one flower between each set of square knots for 3-1/2 inches, alternating the flower and leaf colors in a random pattern, always stringing the components on the base strands.
STEP 9
Continue making alternating square knots for 3/4 inch in a flat pattern.
STEP 10
String one frosted green leaf a frosted pink and a frosted yellow flower wrapped bead drop onto one of the base strands. Continue making alternating square knots for 1 inch in a twisted pattern by starting with strand 1 with each knot.
STEP 11
Continue knotting and adding components on the base strands in the following pattern, knotted in a twisting pattern:
  • One frosted light green leaf
  • Three square knots
  • One frosted green leaf
  • Three square knots
  • One frosted purple flower wrapped bead drop
  • Three square knots
  • One frosted light green leaf
  • Three square knots
  • One frosted light green leaf
  • One frosted yellow flower wrapped bead drop
  • Five square knots
  • One frosted green leaf
  • Three square knots
  • One frosted green leaf
  • Three square knots
  • One frosted light green leaf
  • Square knots for 1 inch
STEP 12
Cut the ends of the cord flush after the last knot. Pass a cord end over the four strands of cord after the last knot. Place a small amount of glue on the inside of the cord end. Using chain-nose pliers, compress the cord end onto the cords. Remove the knot from the first end of the necklace. Repeat to attach a cord end to the strands of cord.
STEP 13
Pull one of the spiraled wires from the last frosted purple flower wrapped drop straight. String one antiqued gold-plated 8x8mm bee bead onto the wire. Finish the end of the wire back into a spiral to secure the bead in place. Repeat to attach an antiqued gold-plated 8x8mm bee bead onto two more random flowers.
STEP 14
Using flush-cutters cut two 4-3/4 inch lengths of 6x4mm curb chain.
STEP 15
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 6mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp and the first link on one 4-3/4 inch length of 6x4mm curb chain. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach the last link on the 4-3/4 inch length of 6x4mm curb chain and the loop on the first cord end.

Repeat to attach a 4-3/4 inch length of 6x4mm curb chain to the bar portion of the toggle clasp and the opposite cord end.

Earrings

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut six 2-inch lengths and six 4-inch lengths of brass 24-gauge Zebra Wire.
STEP 2
Pass a 2-inch length of wire from the back to the front of a 12mm perforated disc on one of the outer edge holes. String onto the wire one frosted light green leaf charm. Pass the wire back through the adjoining hole to the back of the perforated disc. Twist the wire two to three times to secure the leaf in place. Cut the excess wire using flush–cutters and fold the end of the wire flat against the back of the perforated disc.

Repeat to attach a frosted green leaf and a frosted light green leaf to the next two sets of adjoining holes on the perforated disc.
STEP 3
Using a 3mm beading awl, starting at one end of a 4-inch length of wire, tightly wrap the wire around the awl until you get to the middle of the piece of wire, creating a spiral. Repeat on the other two pieces of wire.

Match the ends of the three pieces of wire. String one purple seed bead and one acrylic frosted light purple 32x9mm flower onto the wire. Separate the wires. Pass the wires through the three holes in the center of the perforated disc. Bring the wires back together on the back side of the perforated disc. Twist the wires two to three times to secure the flower in place. Cut the excess wire using flush-cutters and fold the end of the wire flat against the back of the perforated disc.
STEP 4
Pull straight one of the spiraled wires from the last purple flower wrapped drop. String one antiqued gold-plated 8x8mm bee bead onto the wire. Finish the end of the wire back into a spiral to secure the bead in place.
STEP 5
Fit the 12mm perforated disc into a 13mm round flat pad with post. Place a small amount of glue on the inside of the flat pad (optional). Use chain-nose pliers to fold the prongs on the flat pad securely in place over the perforated disc.
STEP 6
Repeat Steps 2 - 5 to create the second earring.

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