Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Swarovski Crystal Beads, Cultured Freshwater Pearls and Organza Ribbon

A sweet organza ribbon necklace made with Swarovski crystal beads, cultured freshwater pearl beads and vermeil rondelle beads that sparkle in complementary garden-inspired hues. Easy assembly makes this design ideal for group beading projects and classes.

Necklace

STEP 1
Measure and cut 33 inches of 6mm rose and 33 inches of 6mm olivine organza ribbon. Clip each end of the cut ribbon lengths so that they have a sharp diagonal edge ending with a 1-1/2 inch long selvedge tail. This ribbon selvedge tail will serve as a needle, or a bead threader that can be used to string on small-holed crystal beads.

Tip: The ribbon selvedge needle may become frayed with use. To avoid fraying, apply a thin layer of Dritz Fray Check to the selvedge needle and allow it to dry.
STEP 2
Thread one clipped end of the rose ribbon through the ruby Swarovski crystal baroque drop. Thread both clipped ends of the rose ribbon through a olivine 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone bead. Grip the clipped tips of the ribbon and gently slide the bicone bead down to the baroque drop.
STEP 3
Measure and cut a 2-inch piece of 12mm gold organza ribbon. Fold one end and clip with scissors at a 45 degree angle by placing the cutting edge of the scissors 1/2 inch from the tip on the folded edge and cut diagonally towards the selvedge. Repeat on other end side.
STEP 4
Thread the clipped gold organza ribbon through the rose organza ribbon loop formed above the ruby baroque drop. Slide the olivine bicone bead down snug to the baroque drop to gently hold the gold ribbon in place.
STEP 5
Thread a 6mm olivine bicone bead onto each end of the olivine organza ribbon. Slide the crystals down to within 1-inch of the baroque drop from Step 2.
STEP 6
Thread a vermeil rondelle, an 8mm fuchsia AB bicone bead and a vermeil rondelle onto each end of the olivine organza ribbon, sliding them down to within 2 inches of the olivine bicone bead from Step 5.
STEP 7
Thread an 8mm fuchsia AB bicone bead, a 7-8mm cultured freshwater pearl bead and a 6mm olivine bicone bead onto each end of the clipped rose organza ribbon and slide them down to within 2 inches of the olivine bicone bead from Step 2.
STEP 8
Tie one beaded olivine organza ribbon and one beaded rose organza ribbon into a loose knot approximately one inch above the vermeil and fuchsia beads on the olivine ribbon from Step 6. Repeat on the other side with the remaining two beaded ribbon lengths.

Tip: If the pearl drill hole is too small, use the bead reamer.
STEP 9
Thread a 7-8mm cultured freshwater pearl bead, an 8mm Fuchsia AB bicone bead and a 6mm olivine bicone bead onto each end of the rose organza ribbon, sliding the beads to within one inch of the loosely tied ribbon knot.
STEP 10
Thread one each of both ribbon colors through a large-hole cultured freshwater pearl bead and slide the pearl to within 2 inches of the beads from Step 9. Repeat on other side.
STEP 11
Clip the beaded organza ribbons to within 3 inches of the pearl bead from Step 10. Layer one side of the organza ribbon and fold 1/4 inch of it back on itself.
STEP 12
Lay the fold of the ribbon in a woven-pattern ribbon crimp end. Using your chain-nose pliers, gently close the crimp end, being careful not to squeeze it so tight that the organza ribbon is cut by the ends.
STEP 13
Trim any exposed organza ribbon tails as close as possible to the ribbon crimp end.
STEP 14
Using your chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a jumpring and thread it through one loop on a magnetic ball clasp and through the loop of one of the ribbon crimp ends. Close the jumpring. Repeat for the other side.

Earrings

STEP 1
Measure and cut a 2-1/2 inch piece of 12mm gold organza ribbon. Tie in a loose overhand knot in the center, being careful to keep the knot lose but secure. Fold one end and clip with scissors at a 45 degree angle by placing the cutting edge of the scissors 1/2 inch from the tip on the folded edge and cutting diagonally towards the selvedge. Repeat on other side.
STEP 2
String onto a gold-plated headpin:
  • 3mm olivine Swarovski crystal bicone bead
  • 4x4mm fuchsia Swarovski crystal faceted cube bead
  • Vermeil rondelle bead
  • Cultured freshwater pearl bead
  • Vermeil rondelle bead
  • 4x4mm fuchsia Swarovski crystal faceted cube bead
  • 3mm olivine Swarovski crystal bicone bead
STEP 3
Gently thread the beaded headpin through the knot of organza ribbon from Step 1. Holding your index finger on one side of the knot, insert the headpin from the bottom of the knot and gently press so that you can feel the headpin tip working its way centered through center of the loose-weave ribbon knot.
STEP 4
Thread on a 3mm olivine Swarovski crystal bicone bead.
STEP 5
Using the round-nose pliers, grasp the headpin above the Swarovski crystal bicone bead. With your free hand, bend the top of the wire over the barrel of the pliers, to form a 90 degree angle.
STEP 6
Place the pliers into the angled section, vertically, so one barrel is above and one is below the wire. Bring the wire up and over the top barrel of the pliers so it is now facing down at an angle.
STEP 7
Reposition the pliers so they are horizontal again, with one barrel in the loop and one out and to the right. With chain-nose pliers, or your free hand, grasp the tip of the wire and direct it behind the length of wire extending below the loop you just created.
STEP 8
Grip across the loop with a pair of bent-nose pliers. Grasp the tip of the wire with flat-nose pliers and wrap it around the straight length of wire, starting from below the loop and working toward the beads, making approximately three tightly wound wraps. Using the side-cutting pliers, trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.
STEP 9
Using the flat-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop on the earwire and gently twist it open (similar to opening a jumpring). Pass the open loop through the loop formed above the beads. Close the loop.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 1 - 9 to complete the second earring.

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