Multi-Strand Necklace with Mother-of-Pearl Beads and Blue Agate Gemstone Beads
-- Designer --
Hannah, Accounting Group
- Bead, sterling silver, 5mm corrugated twist
- Bead, mother-of-pearl, white, 3-5mm round
- Beads, blue agate, 5mm
- Bead tip, side clamp-on, sterling silver, 3mm round with 2mm thread hole
- Clasp, sterling silver, multi-strand hook
- Thread, Silkon, medium-weight #2, white
- Adhesive, G-S hypo cement
The mother-of-pearl and blue agate necklace is made with a clasp that is made to accommodate many strands. The necklace can be worn in loose strands or in a twist, creating different effects.
Cut ten strands of Silkon® thread about 26 inches long. Tie a knot in one end of each strand of Silkon. Cut excess thread from knot.
Take a bead tip and place a small amount of Hypo Tube cement inside it and place the knot into the cement/glue. (It helps to have a pair of tweezers to hold the bead tip.) Using your rosary pliers, close the bead tip making sure to wipe off any excess glue.
||Attach the bead tip to the clasp by using the rosary pliers to open the loop on the side bead tip (they open like jumprings); then slip the opened loop over one of the bars inside the multi-strand hook clasp. Closing the loop of the bead tip using pliers. Hint: attach all 10 threads to the clasp before beginning step 4 below.
Randomly string anywhere between 3 and 9 of the mother-of-pearl beads. Alternate sterling silver corrugated beads and blue agate beads between mother-of-pearl beads. When the strand of beads measures 17 inches long, tie a knot in the thread and repeat steps #2 and #3.
Increase the following strands by a half an inch (17-1/2, 18-1/2, 19-1/2, etc). As with the first strand, bead a random pattern finishing each strand repeating steps #2 and #3. Enjoy your necklace!
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