A sterling silver curved tube finding forms the basis for this striking, nature-inspired necklace. Transparency is part of the theme, brought to the mix by both organza ribbon and glass. Complete instructions and materials list.
Thread a gold faceted pearl onto a headpin. Begin a wrapped loop, but before completing the wrap, thread the loop onto one end-loop of the tube bead. Complete the wrap, securing the headpin to the loop. Repeat using a pink pearl. Repeat using a blue/amber rondelle bead.
Repeat Step 1, adding 3 beads to each loop on the tube bead. Use an assortment of beads, keeping the size of the beads in mind, adding them in a random pattern.
Cut the figure eight chain into the following increments: two 1-1/8 inch lengths; two 1-1/2 inch lengths; two 2-inch lengths.
Using wrapped loops, add a random assortment of beads to each length of chain, again, keeping the size of the beads in mind.
Open a jumpring, link it through the loop on the top of a leaf pendant and the last link of one length of chain; close the jumpring. Repeat, adding a leaf pendant to the end of each length of chain
Cut a 3 inch length of 26-gauge wire. Thread on the briolette, moving it to 1 inch from one end. Using chain-nose pliers, grip the wire 2mm to the right of the briolette. Bend the wire up and to a 45 degree angle, across and to the left of the top of the briolette. Repeat for the other side of the briolette, bending the wire up and angled to the right. Grip the wire angled to the left, where the two wires cross; bend to a 90 degree angle. Grip the wire angled to the right, where the two wires cross; bend to a 90 degree angle. Using chain-nose pliers, grip the wires where they cross. Using flat-nose pliers or another pair of chain-nose pliers, grip the tip of the wire bent to the left and begin wrapping it around the wire going straight up; wrap 2-3 times. Cut any excess wire then tuck the end in neatly with chain-nose pliers. Begin a wrapped loop on the other 1/2 of wire, capturing the loop on the leaf pendant. Repeat, adding a briolette to each leaf.
Open a jumpring and link it through the top loop of the 1-1/8 inch length of chain and the loop on one end of the tube bead; close the jumpring. Repeat, adding the 1-1/2 inch length of chain to the second loop and the 2-inch length of chain to the third loop.
Repeat Step 7 for the other half of the tube bead.
Cut a 9-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. Thread on the tube bead; center it. Thread a blue/amber rondelle, a wrapped silver bead, a faceted tumbled quartz bead, a crimp bead and 8 green luster beads. Place a bonding clip about 2 inches in from the end of the wire to keep the beads in place, temporarily. String the same bead pattern onto the other half of the Accu-Flex beading wire.
Pass the Accu-Flex beading wire back through the crimp bead. Snug up the beads so the green luster beads form a loop. Using chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp bead. Pull on the bead loop--if the wire moves, compress the center section again. Once the crimp is secure, trim any excess wire.
Remove the bonding clip. Repeat Step 10--securing the beads in place.
Using scissors, cut the ribbons, bugtail cord, and the Fun Fiber you've chosen to use, into 2-foot lengths. Using wire cutters, cut a 2-foot length of Accu-Flex beading wire. Thread all the lengths of cording through the loop created by the green luster beads in Step 10. Gather the cords so they are equal on each side of the bead loop and all the ends meet.
Open one 9mm jumpring, thread on the loop of the flower pendant; close the jumpring.
Slide the cords through the jumpring, sliding the jumpring all the way down, close to the bead loop. This will gather the cords in a neat bundle and add a pretty accent to the end of your beaded focal section.
Pick up one length of bugtail cord, about 2-inch up from the bead loop, make an overhand knot. Thread the Big Eye needle onto the bugtail cord, then thread on one leaf bead, passing it down until it rests on the knot. Remove the needle then place an overhand knot above the leaf bead.
Determine how long you'd like your finished necklace to be, including the clasp. String an assortment of beads on each length of Accu-Flex beading wire, until you reach the length you need for the finished necklace length.
Thread the Big Eye needle onto the end of one length of ribbon. Thread on one crimp end. Repeat until you have all the cords, including the Accu-Flex beading wire, through the crimp end. Snug the cords and the Accu-Flex beading wire, so they are all arranged as you'd like.
Compress the center section of the crimp end until the cords are all secure.
Repeat Steps 12 - 19 to complete the second half of the necklace.
Open the epoxy and prepare per the manufacturer's instructions. Apply epoxy to the cords inside the crimp end, working from both the top and bottom opening of the crimp end--this will help add extra security to the crimp end connection. Set aside to dry.
Using scissors and flush-cutters, trim any excess cords.
Link the clasp through the loops on the crimp ends.
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