Multi-Strand Necklace with Black Onyx Gemstone Beads and Swarovski Crystal Beads
-- Designer --
Julie, Information Technology Group
- Bead, black onyx, 2mm round
- Bead, black onyx, 4mm smooth round
- Bead, black agate, 6mm round
- Bead, black onyx, 6mm round
- Bead, Swarovski crystsal, jet, 4mm cube
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal clear, 4mm cube
- Bead, Czech fire-polished glass, crystal clear, 3mm round
- Clasp, sterling silver, 26x6mm hook clasp kit
- Seed Beads
- Crimp beads, sterling silver
- Beading wire, Accu-Flex, clear, 49 strand, .014-inch
- Crimp pliers
This black onyx and crystal necklace is made with five strands of beads, each spiraling around the others for a rich textured look.
||String the beads right on the Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire roll, do not cut until you are done stringing the strand. Start with 14 size 4mm black onyx beads, continue with 6mm black onyx beads until you achieve the desired length of your necklace, minus 2-1/2 inches. String 14 size 4mm black onyx beads to finish the first strand.
||Since the clasp consists of 2 parts, always connect the beginning of a strand to the hook part of the clasp and the end of the strand to the loop part of the clasp. Connect the beginning of the Accu-Flex wire to the clasp by stringing one crimp bead on to the wire then stringing one end of the wire into loop #1 of the hook clasp. Create a closed loop with the Accu-Flex beading wire by crimping the end of the wire to the main shaft of the Accu-Flex® wire. (Instructions will be included with your crimping pliers.) Cut the Accu-Flex® off the roll, connect the end of the strand to loop #1 of the clasp.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 using these beads: five 2mm black onyx beads and seven black lined Miyuki triangle beads. Keep repeating this pattern, determine the length of this strand by wrapping it around the center strand. Attach the beginning of the strand to loop # 2 on the hook clasp. Connect the end to loop #2 on the loop clasp.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 using these beads: three 3mm Celestial Crystal® (CC) round beads, two black 4x4mm CC cube beads, one 3mm CC round bead, two black 4mm CC cube beads. Repeat this pattern. Wrap this strand around the other two strands. Connect this strand to loop #3 on both halves of the clasp.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 using these beads: clear CC 4x4mm cube beads, black 4x4mm CC cube beads, 3mm CC round beads in a pattern that appeals to your eye. Wrap this strand around the other three strands. Connect this strand to loop #4 of both halves of the clasp.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2. The last strand is made with 4mm black onyx and is the longest as it wraps around all 4 strands. Connect to loop #5 of both halves of the clasp.
||Glue the black 6mm half-drilled round agate bead on to the chain end of the clasp using E-6000 glue. Set aside to dry. Enjoy!
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