Double-Strand Necklace with Gold-Lip Shell Heart-Shaped Beads, Cultured Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver Chain
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Instructions as seen in
Simply Beads, February 2006
-- Designer --
Marlynn McNutt, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, golden lip shell, 12mm heart
- Pearl, cultured freshwater, gold/champagne, 20x6mm-24x7mm stick
- Jumpring, antiqued silver-plated, 5mm round
- Jumpring, silver-plated, 7mm round, 20 gauge
- Clasp, sterling silver, hook-and-eye with bell
- Chain, sterling silver, 3.6mm flat cable
- Beading wire, Accu-Flex, clear, 49 strand, 0.014-inch
- Pliers, nipper
- Crimp beads, sterling silver
- Eyepins, sterling silver
- Headpins, sterling silver
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
Golden lip shell hearts surround gold stick pearls in an enchanting double-strand necklace. These neutral colors will go with everything, making this necklace one you'll wear again and again.
Cut chain into four 6-inch lengths. Cut beading wire into two 15-inch lengths.
String 12 heart beads, three stick pearls and 12 heart beads onto one strand of beading wire. String a crimp bead on each end of wire. Thread last link of one end of a piece of chain onto wire. Place wire end back through crimp bead and a heart bead. Use chain-nose pliers to flatten the crimp bead. Repeat for second end of wire. Trim excess wire.
On remaining piece of wire, string nine heart beads, three stick pearls and nine heart beads. String a crimp bead on each end of wire. Thread last link of one end of a piece of chain onto wire. Place wire end back through crimp bead and a heart bead. Flatten the crimp bead with chain-nose pliers. Repeat for second end of wire. Trim excess wire.
Open one 7mm jumpring and slide on one end of each beaded chain strand. Attach jumpring to center bar on one end of clasp. Close jumpring. Repeat with remaining 7mm jumpring to attach other ends of beaded chain strands to remaining half of clasp.
Slide a heart bead onto a bead tip headpin. Use round-nose pliers to form a wrapped headpin loop above bead, attaching loop to a 5mm jumpring before wrapping. Slide a heart bead onto an eyepin; form a wrapped loop above heart bead, attaching loop to 7mm jumpring on one end of clasp before wrapping loop.
Open bottom loop of eyepin and slide on 5mm jumpring at top of other heart bead. Close eyepin. Repeat with remaining two heart beads, attaching them to opposite end of necklace.
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