Single-Strand Necklace with Green Gemstone Chips and Cultured Freshwater Pearls
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Simply Beads, June 2005
Capture the feel of a summer's day at the beach with this versatile necklace. Pearl mixes with chip beads for a natural, organic look.
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- Assorted green gemstone chips
- Pearl, cultured freshwater, peach, 8mm flat-sided round
- Beading wire, Acculon, clear, .015 diameter, 3 strand
- Pendants, shell
- Beads, silver-plated, heishi
- Crimp beads, silver
- Jumprings, silver, 6mm
- Jumprings, silver, 8mm
- Headpins, sterling silver
- Clasps, silver, lobster claw
- Tags, silver
- Chain, sterling silver, fine
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
String two crimp beads 1/2 inch from end of beading wire. Place wire end through lobster claw clasp and thread back through crimp beads. Use chain-nose pliers to flatten crimp bead furthest away from clasp.
String a gold heishi spacer, a pearl, a gold heishi spacer and 10 gemstone chips. Repeat stringing sequence 17 more times, alternating gold and silver heishi beads surrounding pearls.
Note: Because sizes of chips vary slightly, spaces between pearls may not all be equal. One pearl surrounded with silver heishi spacers should be at the approximate center of the necklace. If this is not the case, restring some sections so that this pearl is approximately in the center of the necklace before adding final crimp beads. Finish sequence with a gold heishi spacer, a pearl and a gold heishi spacer.
String two crimp beads and silver tag. Thread end of wire back through crimp beads. Use chain-nose pliers to flatten crimp bead furthest away from jumpring. Trim excess wire.
Open 8mm jumpring and slide through top drilled hole on shell pendant. Close ring.
Cut two pieces of chain each 7 links long and one piece of chain 5 links long. Open a 6mm jumpring and slide the three pieces of chain onto ring, with shortest piece in the center.
Thread a pearl onto a bead tip headpin. Trim end of pin to 3/8 inches and form into a loop with round-nose pliers, placing loop through end of one of the 7 link chain pieces before completely closing. Repeat to make another pearl drop and attach to remaining 7 link chain.
For center drop, thread a pearl, a gold heishi spacer and 5 gemstone chips onto a bead tip headpin. Trim pin and form a loop, attaching drop to 5-link chain before closing.
Cut a piece of chain 13 links long. Open a jumpring and place through one end of chain. Place open jumpring next to center pearl on necklace and close. Slide pendant onto chain. Open remaining jumpring and place through other end of chain. Place open jumpring on other side of center pearl on necklace and close.
Open jumpring with chain drops and place onto jumpring on pendant. Close jumpring.
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