Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Shell Beads and Focals, Swarovski Crystal and Metal Chain

Necklace

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
  • Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire:
    • One 14-inch length
    • One 17-inch length
  • Four 3-1/2 inch lengths of Wrapit® Jeweler's Bronze wire
  • Four 1/4 inch lengths of gold-finished French wire
STEP 2
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers separate the following segments of chain:
  • One 3-inch length of gold-finished 7x5mm twisted cable
  • Aluminum matte 6x4mm curb:
    • One 23-inch length
    • One 20-inch length
    • One 15-inch length
    • Two 5-inch lengths
    • Two 4-inch lengths
    • One 3-inch length
    • Two 2-inch lengths
    • One 1-1/4 inch length
STEP 3
String one White Lotus 5mm cultured freshwater pearl onto one gold-plated 1-inch headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire creating a 5mm pearl drop.

Repeat to create the following drops:
  • Eight 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drops
  • Seventeen Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drops
  • Three Swarovski light blue 4mm round pearl drops
  • Six Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drops
  • Eleven light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drops
  • One light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10x8mm flat oval drop
  • Six Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drops
  • Five green everlasting 11x6mm shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drops
  • Three Russian serpentine 6mm round drops
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop
  • Two sundial shell and two Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drops
STEP 4
Repeat to create the following links using 1-inch eyepins:
  • Two 5mm pearl links
  • Two Swarovski light silk AB 3mm bicone links
  • Two Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone links
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round link
  • One Swarovski palace green opal 3mm bicone, green everlasting 11x6mm shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone link
STEP 5
Create a briolette wrapped loop on one abalone shell crackle 52x33mm teardrop focal and two gold lip shell 31x31mm crackled diamond focals.
STEP 6
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers open the loop on one end of one Swarovski light silk AB 3mm bicone link. Pass the loop through the ring on one green abalone shell and gold-finished 34x21mm focal. Close the loop creating a 3mm silk and green abalone shell focal.

Repeat to create a total of two 3mm silk and green abalone shell focals.
STEP 7
Repeat Step 6 to create two Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone link and gold lip shell 31x31mm crackled diamond focals.

Attach one Swarovski palace green opal 3mm bicone, green everlasting 11x6mm shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone link to one green everlasting shell and one Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop creating a double green everlasting shell drop.
STEP 8
Open one gold-plated 5mm round jumpring, twenty gold-plated 6mm jumprings and four gold-plated 6mm twisted jumprings.

Attach one 6mm twisted jumpring to two golden lip shell 20mm flat round drops.

Using a 6mm jumpring connect one Russian serpentine 6mm round link and one green abalone shell focal.

Using a 6mm jumpring connect one 5mm pearl link and one green abalone shell focal.

First Strand

STEP 9
String onto the 14-inch length of beading wire one gold-filled 2x2mm crimp bead and one 1/4 inch length of gold-finished French wire. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp bead. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against French wire leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Place a small amount of adhesive (Loctite®) inside the crimp (optional).

Using crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead. Using flush-cutters trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire. Place one gold-plated 4mm crimp cover over the crimp bead then gently close it.
STEP 10
String the following onto the beading wire:
  • Four 5mm cultured freshwater pearls
  • Repeat this sequence to string seven sets:
    • One green everlasting shell
    • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearls
  • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
  • One paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One sundial shell round
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One 3mm silk and abalone shell focal
STEP 11
Continue to string one brown lip shell 30mm flat round then repeat Step 10 in the opposite direction to string the second half of the necklace.

Repeat Step 9 to secure the strand.

Pass one 5mm jumpring through the French wire loop one the end of the strand and the loop on one 5mm cultured freshwater pearl link and close.

Second Strand

STEP 12
Repeat Step 9 using the 17-inch length of beading wire to begin the second strand.
STEP 13
String the following onto the beading wire:
  • Repeat this sequence to string three sets:
    • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
    • One green everlasting shell
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
  • Repeat this sequence to string two sets:
    • One sundial shell round
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
    • One green everlasting shell
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
STEP 14
Continue to string:
  • One sundial shell round
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • Two Swarovski palace green opal 3mm bicones
  • One turid shell and silver-finished drop
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One abalone shell and gold-finished 48x30mm focal
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
  • The ring on one golden lip shell 20mm flat round drop
  • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
  • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One 9mm cultured freshwater pearl
  • One Swarovski palace green opal 3mm bicone
STEP 15
Continue to string the briolette wrapped loop on the abalone shell crackle 52x33mm teardrop then repeat the stringing sequence in Step 14 in the opposite direction.
STEP 16
Continue to string:
  • Repeat this sequence to string two sets:
    • One sundial shell round
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
    • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
  • Repeat this sequence to string seven sets:
    • One 5mm cultured freshwater pearl
    • One Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone
Repeat Step 9 to secure the strand.

Third Strand

STEP 17
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the first link on one end of the 15-inch length of chain. Repeat to attach a 6mm jumpring to the opposite end of the chain.
STEP 18
Pass one 6mm twisted jumpring through loop on one golden lip shell 20mm flat round drop and the 31st link on the length of chain.

Continue to attach the following moving to the right, using 6mm jumprings:
  • 33rd link - one Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone gold lip shell 31x31mm crackled diamond focal
  • 38th link - one Swarovski light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 40th link - one chamber nautilus shell (using a briolette wrapped loop)
  • 42nd link - one Swarovski light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 46th link - one golden lip shell 20mm flat round drop
  • 48th link - one Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone gold lip shell 31x31mm crackled diamond focal

Fourth Strand

STEP 19
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the loop on one green everlasting 11x6mm shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drops and the first link on one end of one 4-inch length of chain.
STEP 20
Attach one Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop and the tenth link on one end of one 5-inch length of chain.

Continue to attach one Russian serpentine 6mm round drop to the fifteenth link and one Russian serpentine 6mm round and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop (using a 6mm jumpring) to the eighteenth link.
STEP 21
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the loop on one Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop and the twenty-seventh link from one end of the 20-inch length of chain.
STEP 22
Continue to attach the following to every fourth link moving to the right using 6mm jumprings:
  • One Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop
  • One light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • One 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
  • One Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop
  • One 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
  • One murex shell focal
STEP 23
Continue to attach the following moving to the right using 6mm jumprings:
  • 2nd link (from the previous) - one Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop
  • 4th link - one light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 8th link - one light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 3rd link - one 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
STEP 24
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the last link on the 4-inch and 5-inch length of chain and through the next link.
STEP 25
Continue to attach the following moving to the right using 6mm jumprings:
  • 7th link - one Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop
  • 5th link - one light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 4th link - one Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop
  • 4th link - one light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 4th link - one Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop

Fifth Strand

STEP 26
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the loop on one double green everlasting shell and the last link on one end of the 3-inch length of matte aluminum chain.

Continue to attach one green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop to the 2nd and 4th links.
STEP 27
Using 6mm jumprings attach the following to the 1-1/4 inch length of chain:
  • 1st link - one Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop
  • 2nd link - one Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drop
  • 4th link - one Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drop and one Swarovski light blue 4mm round pearl drop
  • 6th link - two Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drops
  • Last link - one Swarovski light blue 4mm round pearl drop
STEP 28
Using 6mm jumprings attach the following to the one 5-inch length of chain:
  • 1st link - the light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10x8mm flat oval drop
  • 2nd, 3rd and 5th links - one Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drop
  • 7th link - green everlasting 11x6mm shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop
  • 9th, 10th and 11th links - one Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drop
  • 14th link - green everlasting 11x6mm shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop
  • 15th, 16th, 18th 20th and 22nd links - one Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drop
STEP 29
Using 6mm jumprings attach the following to the one 2-inch length of chain:
  • 1st link - 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
  • 2nd link - Russian serpentine 6mm round drop
  • 4th link - 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
STEP 30
Attach one Russian serpentine 6mm round link and green abalone shell focal to the first link on one end of one 2-inch length of chain and tone one Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop to the 3rd link.
STEP 31
Attach Swarovski light blue 4mm round pearl drop to the fifth link on one 4-inch length of chain.
STEP 32
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the last link on the 3-inch length of chain and the 48th link on the 23-inch length of chain.
STEP 33
Continue to attach the following moving to the right using 6mm jumprings:
  • 53rd link - one 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
  • 58th link - one Swarovski light blue 4mm round pearl drop
  • 59th link - last link on the 1-1/4 inch length of chain
  • 60th link - one Swarovski dark red coral 4mm bicone drop
  • 61th link - one 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop
  • 63rd link - one light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drop
  • 65th link - last link on the 5-inch length of chain
STEP 34
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the last link on the 2-inch length of chain with 9mm cultured freshwater pearl drop, one sundial shell and two Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drop and the 65th link on the chain (with the 5-inch length of chain).
STEP 35
Continue to attach Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop to the 66th link on the chain.
STEP 36
Pass one 6mm jumpring through the last link on the 2-inch length of chain with the green abalone shell focal, one Swarovski emerald 4mm bicone, green everlasting shell and Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drops and the 69th link on the chain.
STEP 37
Continue to attach the following moving to the right using 6mm jumprings:
  • 73rd link - one green abalone shell focal
  • 75th link - light blue 4mm pearl and paua shell 10mm flat round drops
  • 81st link - sundial shell and two Swarovski silk AB 3mm bicone drops
  • 87th link - last link on the 4-inch length of chain from Step 31
  • 90th link - 5mm pearl link and one green abalone shell focal
  • 94th link - Russian serpentine 6mm round drop
  • 96th link - Swarovski light blue 8mm round pearl drop
STEP 38
Pass one 5mm jumpring through the loop on a lobster claw clasp and close.

Pass one 5mm jumpring through the previous jumpring and through the single loop on one antiqued gold-finished 17x6m rectangle end bar and close.
STEP 39
Open the loop on the 5mm pearl drop. Pass the loop through the first link on one end of the 3-inch length of gold-finished twisted cable chain and close.

Pass one 5mm jumpring through the last link on the opposite end of the chain and the single loop on a second end bar and close.
STEP 40
Pass one 5mm jumpring through the link on the first strand and the top loop on the first end bar and close.

Repeat to attach one end of each strand to the first end bar graduating the lengths.
STEP 41
Repeat to attach the opposite end of each strand to the second end bar.

Earrings

STEP 1
String one White Lotus 9mm cultured freshwater pearl onto one gold-plated 1-inch eyepin. Form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire creating a 9mm pearl link.
STEP 2
Open the loop on one end of one 9mm pearl link. Pass the loop through the ring on one green abalone shell focal and close.

Open the loop on the opposite end of the 9mm pearl link. Pass the loop through the loop on one leverback earwire and close.
STEP 3
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create a second earring.

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