Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Beads, Gemstone Beads, and Faux Suede Cord
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Apple, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, black diamond, 6mm bicone (3 beads)
- Bead, rainbow moonstone, 11x9mm-19x30mm tumbled nugget (1 bead)
- Bead, sterling silver, 4x1mm beaded rondelle (3 beads)
- Bead, Hill Tribes fine silver, 5x3mm tube with pinwheel pattern (4 beads)
- Bead, Hill Tribes fine silver, 16x16mm rose bud (1 bead)
- Bell, Hill Tribes fine silver, 16x12mm round with clapper (1 bell)
- Focal, golden lip shell, 40mm donut (1 focal)
- Jumpring, sterling silver, 5mm round, 20.5 gauge (4 jumprings)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 2-inch with 1.5mm ball, 24 gauge (4 headpins)
- Cord, faux suede lace, black, 3x1mm
- Components, cross
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Focal, Hill Tribes fine silver, 32x16mm cross (1 focal)
A striking shell donut provides the centerpiece for this simple but elegant necklace. Suede lacing gives it a soft, natural drape, and the possibilities for the ''dangles'' are endless. Complete instructions to get you there!
||String 1 crystal on 1 headpin. Make a wrapped loop to secure the bead. Repeat to make 4 crystal dangles in all.
||String 1 daisy spacer and the moonstone nugget on 1 headpin. Make a wrapped loop to secure the beads. Set aside.
||String 1 daisy spacer, the round blades bead, and 1 daisy spacer on 1 headpin. Make a wrapped loop to secure the beads. Set aside.
Open 1 jumpring. Attach 1 crystal dangle and the moonstone nugget dangle. Close the jumpring and set aside.
Open 1 jumpring. Attach 1 crystal dangle and the round blades bead dangle. Close the jumpring and set aside.
Open 1 jumpring. Attach 1 crystal dangle and the bell charm. Close the jumpring and set aside.
Open 1 jumpring. Attach 1 crystal dangle and the cross charm. Close the jumpring and set aside.
||Cut two 12-inch lengths of suede lacing. Pair the 2 lengths in half and arrange them so that all of the ends are staggered.
||Secure the lacing to the donut using a lark's head knot (see illustration). There should be 4 suede fringe legs hanging from the outside of the donut.
The lark's head knot is a simple and useful knot for attaching objects like donuts to necklace cords. The lark's head knot is a slip knot. Therefore, the tighter you pull, the tighter it becomes.
||String 1 silver tube onto 1 fringe leg.
Note: it's easiest to string beads onto the lacing if you cut the end at a sharp angle. String 1 of the jumpring combinations and slide it to about 1/2 inch from the end of the suede. Fold the suede up over the jumpring.
||While holding the jumpring and suede in place, slide the silver tube down the lacing toward the jumpring so it covers both thicknesses of the suede. Use the pliers to gently squeeze the tube to secure the lacing.
Repeat Step 9 until you've added all the jumpring combinations.
||Fold the remaining lacing in half and attach it to the other side of the shell donut using a lark's head knot.
Pair the lacing's ends and string 1 silver tube. Slide it down the lacing to meet the donut.
Determine the length you'd like your final necklace to be. Pair the ends of the lacing and tie an overhand knot at that length. Trim the ends if necessary.
Congratulations! You've just completed another beautiful project.
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