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Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal and Wirework

Designed by Magan Weid
EC45

Silver Party Streamer and Crystal Cluster Necklace

: : : Materials : : :

  • Jumprings, 10mm (2 jumprings)
  • Pliers, round-nose
  • Pliers, flush-cutters
  • Bead, Swarovski Crystal, crystal AB, 2mm (1 bead)
  • Bead, Swarovski Crystal, crystal AB, 3mm (5 beads)
  • Bead, Swarovski Crystal, crystal AB, 6mm (4 beads)
  • Bead, Swarovski Crystal, crystal AB, 8mm (5 beads)
  • Bead, Swarovski Crystal, crystal AB, 10mm (4 beads)
  • Bead, Swarovski Crystal, crystal AB, 12mm (5 beads)
  • Headpin, silver-filled or silver-plated, 4 inch, 20 gauge (1 headpin)
  • Headpin, silver-filled or silver-plated, 2 inch, 20 gauge (18 headpins)

The silver or Argentium ribbon is super easy and fast! And the crystal cluster is a whole lot of sparkle and headpins with looped ends and as much or as little imagination as you want to add. With the AB coating, these crystals show great in natural or artificial light.

I've used clear AB rondelles. Feel free to use colored crystals or alter the shape to suit your style. Have fun making it, and it will show in your finished product.

I used standard headpins on the largest crystals, and ball headpins on the smaller, to add interest. But, you can use all standard headpins, decorative headpins, copper paddle headpins, or any crazy combo. You could create silver paddle headpins and use your round nose pliers to twist them into spirals, somewhat mimicking the silver party streamer ribbon. This is a fun and lovely necklace, with funky and classic Crystal combined. Not just a unique design, but the very essence of jewelry: Fun and Sparkly!

The necklace is easily made in 2 parts. The cluster is simple, and the ribbon can be an extremely easy beginner level. Those familiar with wire work may prefer a more personalized, complex ribbon pattern.

While this is pretty easy to make, it isn't the instant gratification that chocolate is; however, it has more adrenaline rush than the perfect espresso, and lasts much, much longer than either. Well worth any efforts.

You'll need to know how to create a standard looped end on a headpin, how to open and close jumprings properly, and how to do a wire wrap or weave. Simple to do, and well worth learning for those new to jewelry making.

Making Clusters

STEP 1
Thread an 8mm crystal onto one of the 2-inch headpins and create a looped end.

Repeat with one of the 3mm crystals, and set both aside to be used with the silver ribbon.
STEP 2
Use your choice or combination of 2-inch headpins to string each of the 12mm, 10mm, 8mm, and 6mm crystals (4 of each size), and create a standard looped end on each of them.

Note: The loop should not leave any slack, but be touching each crystal.
STEP 3
Thread a loose 12mm crystal onto the 4-inch headpin, and then the loop ends of the 12mm crystals.

Next, thread a 3mm onto the 4 headpin and let it drop onto the 4 wire loops, followed by the four 10mm loops ends, and another 3mm.

Repeat with four 8mm loops, another 3mm, followed by the final 4-6mm loops.

To finish, thread the last 3mm, the single 2mm, and close it with a looped end. Add one of the twisted round jumprings through the 4-inch headpin loop and string it onto your chain.

You're done with your sparkling crystal cluster!

Making a Ribbon

STEP 4
Start with wrapping the center of the 20 inch wires around the fattest part of round nose pliers, and pinch the wires together underneath tightly, with wires touching.

Note: Now, when you put them together, one loop lays inside the other.

Lay about 1/2 inch of the end of your wrapping wire, pointed down, at the base of the loop, between the 2 wires. Begin wrapping the wire loop you created. When you reach the 2 wire junction again, begin wrapping or weaving as you like.

Tip: If you want a simple, easy version, or a cleaner look, use half round wire to wrap, with the flat side against base wires, and just do one continuous, tight wrap. For those familiar with wire weaving, use round wire in any weave pattern you like.

Note: If you're new to wire work, just remember to hold the 4 wires securely in your left hand between thumb and forefinger just below the wrapping wire so they don't get twisted as you wrap. If this is still a bit much for wire work neophytes, try square wire as the base. Half round wrap over square wire base is pretty foolproof and user-friendly.
STEP 5
I don't know about the experiences of others, but when I finish wrapping/weaving, my base wires are uneven. On one side or the other of the 2 wire tail points, you are going to need to stop wrapping/weaving at least 1-1/2 inches from the tip of the shortest side. You'll probably lose some of the length when you begin twisting and curling your ribbon into a party streamer. Now, snip a bit extra of your wrap wire and tuck it up inside the wrap.
STEP 6
Use cushioned round nose pliers to coil, curl and twist the ribbon until you create a party streamer look.

That done, just curve the ribbon around the general shape of the crystal cluster.
STEP 7
Finish the ribbon, wire cutters in hand, by straightening the 2 base wire tails. Cut one wire about 1/2 inch below the wrap, the 2nd wire about 1/2 inch below the wrap. You'll need to round off the ends of both wires so there are no sharp points or snags. Do this with your wire rounders, sandpaper, or my personal favorite, a nail file or heavy emery board (from the cosmetics section of any drug store or department store). Feel each smooth end with your fingertip all the way around. When you're satisfied, just wipe with soft rag.
STEP 8
Now, using the 8mm and 3mm looped end crystals you've set aside, slip the loop of the 3mm crystal on the shortest wire. Use the small tip of your round nose pliers, curl the wire 1-1/2 times. The crystal will be at the end of the wire inside the tiny jumpring you've created. Repeat with the remaining crystals until the 12mm is on the longest wire. Voila!

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