Multi-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Dyna-Mites™ Bugle Beads and Silver-Plated Brass Cord Ends

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This jewelry set makes the perfect patriotic statement for the Fourth of July or any day you want to show your American pride. The 13 necklace strands represent the 13 colonies and the red, clear and blue bugle beads are simply stunning in an asymmetrical, color-blocked pattern that's ...

Necklace

STEP 1
Cut thirteen 37-inch lengths of smoke FireLine® thread.
STEP 2
Place a Bead Stopper™ on one end of a length of thread, leaving a tail that is approximately nine inches. Thread a beading needle on the opposite end of the thread.
STEP 3
String the following onto the thread:
  • Approximately 6 to 7 inches of silver-lined red bugle beads
  • Approximately 2 inches of randomly patterned red and silver-lined clear bugle beads
  • Approximately 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches clear bugle beads
  • Approximately 2 inches randomly patterned clear and silver-lined cobalt blue bugle beads
  • Approximately 6 to 7 inches of cobalt blue bugle beads
  • A Bead Stopper
STEP 4
Repeat Step 2 and 3 for a total of 13 strands.
STEP 5
Carefully holding the beads securely, remove the Bead Stoppers from the red side of all the strands. Gather the ends together and tie in an overhand knot. Trim excess thread.

Repeat with the blue side of the strands, gently pushing the beads together to avoid gaps in the design.
STEP 6
Use pliers to straighten the loop on one silver-plated eyepin (or use a 3-inch length of wire). Insert the wire through the knot on one end of the strands. Wrap the wire around the threads and the opposite end of the wire.

String onto the wire: one silver-plated 10x9mm cord end and one silver-plated 4mm round. Form a wrapped loop to secure the cord end.

Repeat with the knot at the opposite end of the strands.
STEP 7
Pass one open silver-plated 4mm jumpring through the wrapped loop created in Step 6 and the loop of one half of a silver-plated hook-and-eye clasp. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second jumpring, creating a double jumpring connection.

Repeat to attach the second half of the clasp to the opposite end of the necklace.

Earrings

STEP 1
Cut 14 20-inch lengths of FireLine.
STEP 2
Place a Bead Stopper on one end of a length of thread, leaving a tail that is approximately 8 inches. Thread a beading needle on the opposite end of the thread.
STEP 3
String the following onto the thread:
  • Approximately 1-1/2 inches of silver-lined red bugle beads.
  • Approximately 1 inch of randomly patterned red and silver-lined clear bugle beads
  • Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inches of clear bugle beads
  • Approximately 1 inch of randomly patterned clear and silver-lined cobalt blue bugle beads
  • Approximately 1-1/2 inches of cobalt blue bugle beads
  • A Bead Stopper
STEP 4
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for a total of 7 strands.
STEP 5
Carefully holding the beads securely, remove the Bead Stoppers from the red side of all the strands.

Repeat with the blue side of the strands, gently pushing the beads together to avoid gaps in the design.

Bring both ends of the strands together then tie an overhand knot. Trim excess thread.
STEP 6
Use pliers to straighten the loop on one silver-plated eyepin (or use a 3-inch length of wire). Insert the wire through the knot at the end of the strands. Form a wrapped loop.

On the opposite end of the wire, string one silver-plated 10x9mm cord end and one silver-plated 4mm round. Form a wrapped loop to secure the cord end.
STEP 7
Open the loop on a silver-plated earwire and pass through the wrapped loop. Close the loop.
STEP 8
Repeat Steps 2 through 7 to create a second earring.

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