Single-Strand Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set with Gemstone Beads, Crystal Passions® Beads and Soutache Cord

Necklace

STEP 1
Cut the following:
  • Two 9-inch lengths of tan soutache
  • Two 5-inch lengths of tan soutache
  • One 9-inch length of silver soutache
  • Two 5-inch lengths of silver soutache
  • One 4-1/2 inch length of tubular knit wire
Apply E6000® adhesive to the ends of the soutache to prevent fraying.

Cut a 3-foot length of FireLine® thread. Thread a beading needle with the length of thread, leaving a small tail. Knot the end of the working length of thread.

Cut the following of Lacy's Stiff Stuff:
  • One 2-1/2 inch square
  • Two 1-1/2 x 1-inch rectangles
  • One 1-inch square

Soutache Focal Component

STEP 2
Use fingers to close 1/4 inch of one end of the tubular wire. Fill the tubular wire with crystal electra 6mm bicones then close the other end.
STEP 3
With the grooves facing the same direction, match up the ends of two 9-inch lengths of tan soutache and one 9-inch length of silver soutache, sandwiching the silver between the tan.

Near the ends, pass the needle through all three pieces of cords in the grooved center. Make a few small stitches to secure.
STEP 4
Pick up one 6mm blue shade globe. Wrap the soutache around the globe. Pass through the three layers of soutache, pulling tight to bring the cord snug to the bead.

Create small stitches in and out of all three layers of soutache for approximately 1/2 inch.
STEP 5
Pick up one 30mm labradorite flat round. Wrap the soutache around the flat round. Pass through the three layers of soutache, pulling tight.
STEP 6
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 in reverse to complete the opposite end of the soutache.

Create small stitches to secure the soutache between the two encased globe beads.

Exit from between two layers of soutache. Trim the thread, leaving a tail to prevent stitches from coming loose.
STEP 7
Tuck the ends of the soutache underneath the component and secure with adhesive.
STEP 8
Glue the soutache component in the center of the 2-1/2 inch square of backing, then set aside to dry.
STEP 9
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.

Pass the needle up through the backing, exiting just next to the soutache around a globe bead. Pass through the end of the filled tubular wire then pass back down through the backing. Repeat to secure multiple points at the end of the filled tubular mesh. Exit down through the backing then create a small knot.
STEP 10
Wrap the tubular mesh around the soutache then repeat Step 9 to secure the opposite end. Do not knot or trim the thread.
STEP 11
Approximately 1/2 inch away, pass the needle up through the backing and through the back side of the tubular wire.

Pass back through the tubular wire and back down through the backing. Pull tight to secure the tube to the backing.

Repeat to secure the length of the tubular wire to the backing. Exit down through the backing, pull tight and create a small knot.
STEP 12
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.

Pass up through the backing, approximately half of the diameter of a #11 seed bead, from the tubular mesh.
STEP 13
Pick up two rainbow silver brown #11 seed beads then pass back down through the backing, pulling the beads tight. Pass up through the backing behind the first bead, then pass through both beads again.

Repeat to backstitch rainbow silver brown seed beads all the way around the tubular mesh and soutache.

Secure the thread with a knot on the back of the material.
STEP 14
Trim the backing, careful to not cut any threads, close to the backstitched seed beads.
STEP 15
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.

Pass the needle up through the backing, exiting through the secured end of the tubular wire.

Pick up one 4mm or 3mm bicone and one fancy dark fuchsia #15 seed bead. Pass back through the bicone and back down through the backing. Repeat to add clusters of fringe to cover both ends of the tubular wire and the ends of the soutache.
STEP 16
Cut leather to reflect the size and shape of the backing.

Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a sharp needle.
STEP 17
Pass the needle up through the backing, near the edge, exiting near the top of the component.

Place the leather over the back of the component, holding in place with your non-dominant hand.

Pick up a raspberry #11 seed bead. Bring the needle to the back of the component then pass through the leather and the backing material, exiting next to the previously added bead. Pass back through the previously added bead.

Pick up a raspberry seed bead. Pass up through the leather and the backing material, exiting next to the newly added bead. Pass back though the new bead. Repeat to add a brick stitch edging around the entire component.
STEP 18
Weave through the beads of the edging, exiting an edge seed bead just outside of the clustered fringe.

Pick up five raspberry seed beads. Skip the next two edge beads then pass down through the third. Pass back up through the second skipped edge bead and back through the five beads. Pull the thread to create a loop.

Pass down through the first skipped edge bead, then pull the thread tight to create a loop.
STEP 19
Weave through the beads of the edging, toward the top-center of the component. Exit the fourth edge bead from the loop created in Step 18.

Create a second loop, using the same technique as used in Step 18.
STEP 20
Repeat Steps 18 - 19 in reverse to create duplicate loops on the opposite side of the component.

Weave through adjacent beads and between the leather and backing to secure the thread.

Small Soutache Components

STEP 21
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.
STEP 22
Match up the ends of two 5-inch lengths of tan soutache and one 5-inch length of silver soutache, sandwiching the silver.

Pass the needle through the ends of all three pieces of cords. Make a few small stitches to secure.
STEP 23
Pick up one 6mm riverstone round. Wrap the soutache around the bead then pass through the three layers of soutache, pulling tight to bring the cord snug to the bead. Exit with the needle going into the curve.

Pass through the three layers on the end of the soutache, close to the bead. Pull tight and create a few small stitches to encase the bead in a circle of soutache.
STEP 24
Stitch in and out of all three layers of soutache for approximately 1/2 inch.

Pick up one 8mm smoky quartz round. Wrap the soutache around the bead then pass through the three layers of soutache, pulling tight to bring the cord snug around the bead. Create a few small stiches to secure.
STEP 25
Bring the three soutache cords over the previously stitched cords, between the two encased beads in a figure-eight style. Stitch the overlaying cords to the bottom layer of cords to secure.

Tuck the ends of the soutache around and under the component, positioning as flat as possible. Secure the ends under the component with a few small stitches.
STEP 26
Glue the small soutache component to one 1-1/2 x 1-inch rectangle of backing material then set aside to dry.
STEP 27
Repeat Step 13 and 14 to add a beaded backstitch border around the small soutache component.
STEP 28
Repeat Steps 16 and 17 to add leather backing and beaded edging.
STEP 29
Weave through adjacent beads and under the soutache component. Exit through an edge bead at the center of a small end of the component.

Pick up an Accu-Guard™ wire protector then pass back in through the next edge bead. Weave through the seed bead, wire protector and second seed bead again, pulling tight.

Repeat to add a wire protector to the opposite end of the component.
STEP 30
Repeat Steps 21 - 29 to create a second small soutache component.

"Larimar" Teardrop Component

STEP 31
Glue a 16x12mm "larimar" teardrop to the 1-inch square of backing material then set aside to dry.

Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.
STEP 32
Pass the needle up through the backing material, close to the edge of the bead.

Repeat Step 13 to add a beaded backstitch around the bead. Exit up through a seed bead.
STEP 33
Using a tubular peyote stitch technique, add the following rows. Decrease with each row, creating a bezel-effect that holds the front of the bead.
  • Three additional rows of rainbow silver brown seed beads
  • Two rows of color-lined rainbow purple #15 seed beads.
Note: View the ''How to make a Tubular Peyote Stitch'' how-to video and illustrated instructions for additional details.
STEP 34
Repeat Steps 16 and 17 to add leather backing with a beaded edge. Exit through an edge bead at the top of the teardrop component.

Adding Fringe

STEP 35
Pick up five raspberry seed beads then pass through the center-bottom edge bead of the large soutache component.

Pass back out through the adjacent edge bead, then pick up five raspberry seed beads.

Pass back through the edge bead of the teardrop component and pull tight to create the loop. Pass back through all the beads of the loop and back into the edge bead of the teardrop component.
STEP 36
Pass back up into the beads of the loop. Exit the first bead of the loop, then pick up one amethyst 3mm bicone and one dark fuchsia #15 seed bead.

Pass back through the bicone then through the next seed bead of the loop. Continue to add fringe to the entire side of the loop.
STEP 37
Pass through the adjacent edge bead of the focal component. Pick up a 3mm bicone and a dark fuchsia seed bead. Pass back through the bicone and then through the next edge bead of the focal component. Pass out through the next edge bead.
STEP 38
Pick up the following:
  • One raspberry seed bead
  • One amazonite round
  • One dark fuchsia seed bead
Pass back through the amazonite round, pick up a raspberry seed bead then pass in through the next edge bead. Pull the fringe tight, skip one edge bead then pass out through the next.

Repeat to add fringe with the following beads along the edge of the focal component.
  • One riverstone round
  • One 13x6.5mm amethyst briolette pendant
  • One 13x6.5mm amethyst briolette pendant
  • One riverstone round
  • One amazonite round
STEP 39
Weave in and out back through the edge beads to the opposite side of the teardrop component. Repeat Step 38 to add fringe on the opposite side of the focal component.
STEP 40
Weave in and out back through the edge beads to the loop of the teardrop component. Repeat Step 36 while moving down the loop to add fringe to the second side.

Weave in and out of adjacent beads to secure the thread.

Assembling the Necklace

STEP 41
String the following onto an eye pin then create a simple loop:
  • One amethyst 4mm bicone
  • One palladium-plated rondelle
  • One smoky quartz round
  • One palladium-plated rondelle
  • One amethyst 4mm bicone
Repeat to create a total of four links.
STEP 42
Cut two 9-1/2 inch lengths of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.
STEP 43
String a crimp and an Accu-Guard™ wire protector onto the beading wire. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the Accu-Guard leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Crimp, trim the excess wire and add a crimp cover.
STEP 44
String the following twice, with one palladium-plated 3x1.3mm rondelle between each bead:
  • One amethyst 6mm bicone
  • One crystal electra 6mm bicone
  • One amethyst 6mm bicone
  • One amazonite round
  • One smoky quartz round
  • One amazonite round
String the following, with one palladium-plated 3x1.3mm rondelle between each bead:
  • One amethyst 6mm bicone
  • One crystal electra 6mm bicone
  • One amethyst 6mm bicone
  • One smoky quartz round
  • One amazonite round
STEP 45
String a crimp and a wire protector onto the beading wire. String the loop of a wire protector on a small soutache component then back through the crimp. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the Accu-Guard leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Crimp, trim the excess wire and add a crimp cover.
STEP 46
Attach two beaded links to the opposite end of the small soutache component.

Use oval jump rings to attach a link to each of the left-most loops at the top of the focal component.

Use a 5mm round jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp to the end of the beaded strand.
STEP 47
Repeat Steps 43 - 45 to complete the second half of the necklace, adding a jump ring in place of a lobster claw clasp.

Bracelet

Soutache Component

STEP 1
Cut the following:
  • Two 11-inch lengths of tan soutache cord
  • One 11-inch length of silver soutache cord
  • Cut a 3-1/2 inch length of tubular knit wire
Cut a 3-foot length of FireLine® thread. Thread a beading needle with the length of thread, leaving a small tail. Knot the end of the working length of thread.

Cut a 2-1/2 inch square of Lacy's Stiff Stuff.

Apply E6000® adhesive to the ends of the soutache to prevent fraying.
STEP 2
Use fingers to close 1/4 inch of one end of the tubular wire. Fill the tubular wire with crystal electra 6mm bicones then close the other end.
STEP 3
With the grooves facing the same direction, match up the ends of all three lengths of soutache, sandwiching the silver between the tan.

Near the center, pass the needle through all three pieces of cords in the groove. Make a few small stitches to secure.
STEP 4
Pick up an 18x13mm labradorite oval. Wrap one side of the soutache up and around the bead then pass through and back through the inner layer of soutache.

Bring the opposite side of the soutache up and around the bead. Pass out through the three layers of soutache.

Bring both sides of the soutache together then create small stitches through all six layers for approximately 10mm.
STEP 5
Between the layers of soutache, move the needle back toward the top of the labradorite bead. Pass out through the left three soutache cords then pick up a 16x12mm "larimar" teardrop.

Wrap the left three soutache cords around the teardrop then pass out through all three layers. Pull tight to encase the teardrop in the soutache.
STEP 6
Create small stitches along all three layers until reaching the soutache that encases the labradorite bead.

Pass through the outer layer around the labradorite bead, back through the soutache and back through the three layers of soutache coming from the "larimar" teardrop. Repeat to create a second securing stitch. Exit away from the labradorite bead, through the three layers of soutache.
STEP 7
Pick up an amethyst 6mm round. Wrap the left three soutache cords around the teardrop then pass out through all three layers. Pull tight to encase the round in the soutache.

Create a few small stitches to secure.
STEP 8
Tuck the ends of the soutache under the "larimar" teardrop and secure with adhesive.
STEP 9
Repeat Steps 5 - 8 to complete the opposite side of the soutache component.
STEP 10
Glue the soutache component in the center of the 2-1/2 inch square of backing, then set aside to dry.
STEP 11
Cut a 3-foot length of thread. Thread a beading needle and knot the end of the working length.

Pass the needle up through the backing, exiting just next to the soutache around an amethyst round. Pass through the end of the filled tubular wire then pass back down through the backing. Repeat to secure multiple points at the end of the filled tubular mesh. Exit down through the backing then create a small knot.
STEP 12
Wrap the tubular mesh around the larimar section of the soutache component, then repeat Step 11 to secure the opposite end. Do not knot or trim the thread.
STEP 13
Approximately 1/2 inch away, pass up through the backing and through the back side of the tubular wire.

Pass back through the tubular wire and back down through the backing. Pull tight to secure the tube to the backing.

Repeat to secure the length of the tubular wire to the backing. Exit down through the backing, pull tight and create a small knot.
STEP 14
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.

Pass up through the backing, approximately half of the diameter of a #11 seed bead from the tubular mesh.
STEP 15
Pick up two rainbow silver brown #11 seed beads then pass back down through the backing, pulling the beads tight. Pass up through the backing behind the first bead then pass through both beads again.

Pick up two rainbow silver brown seed beads then pass back down through the backing, pulling the beads tight. Pass up through the backing behind the first bead, then pass through both beads again.

Repeat to backstitch rainbow silver brown seed beads all the way around the tubular mesh and soutache.

Secure the thread with a knot on the back of the material.
STEP 16
Trim the backing, careful to not cut any threads, close to the backstitched seed beads.
STEP 17
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle.

Pass the needle up through the backing, exiting through the secured end of the tubular wire.

Pick up one 4mm or 3mm bicone and a fancy dark fuchsia #15 seed bead. Pass back through the bicone and the backing. Repeat to add clusters of fringe to cover both ends of the tubular wire and the ends of the soutache.
STEP 18
Cut leather to reflect the size and shape of the backing.

Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a sharp needle.
STEP 19
Pass the needle up through the backing, near the edge, exiting near the top of the component.

Place the leather over the back of the component, holding in place with your non-dominant hand.

Pick up a raspberry #11 seed bead. Bring the needle to the back of the component then pass through the leather and the backing material, exiting next to the previously added bead. Pass back through the previously added bead.

Pick up a raspberry seed bead. Pass up through the leather and the backing material, exiting next to the newly added bead. Pass back though the new bead. Repeat to add a brick stitch edging around the entire component.
STEP 20
Weave through the beads of the edging, exiting an edge seed bead just outside of the encased amethyst round.
STEP 21
Pick up five raspberry seed beads. Skip the next two edge beads then pass down through the third. Pass back up through the second skipped edge bead and back through the five beads. Pull the thread to create a loop.

Pass down through the first skipped edge bead, then pull the thread tight to create a loop.
STEP 22
Weave in and out of the next eight edge beads, toward the "larimar" teardrop.

Repeat Step 21 to add a second loop.
STEP 23
Weave through the beads of the edging, exiting an edge seed bead just outside of the encased amethyst round on the opposite side of the component.

Repeat Steps 21 - 22 to add loops to the opposite side.

Assembling the Bracelet

STEP 24
Cut six 6-inch lengths of beading wire.
STEP 25
String a crimp to approximately 1/2 inch from the end of a length of beading wire. Crimp, trim the excess wire, then add a crimp cover.
STEP 26
String the following, using the first hole of each spacer bar listed:
  • One spacer bar
  • One amethyst round
  • One spacer bar
  • One 6mm crystal electra bicone
  • One palladium-plated 3x1.3mm rondelle
  • One amazonite round
  • One palladium-plated rondelle
  • One amethyst round
  • One spacer bar
  • One crystal electra 6mm bicone
  • One palladium-plated round
  • One amazonite round
  • One palladium-plated round
  • One amethyst round
  • One spacer bar
  • One raspberry seed bead
STEP 27
String a crimp and a wire protector onto the beading wire. Pass the beading wire through a loop on the soutache component then back through the crimp.

Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the wire protector, leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Crimp, trim the excess wire and add a crimp cover.
STEP 28
Repeat Step 27, using the third hole of each previously added spacer bar and the second loop on the same side of the soutache component.
STEP 29
String a crimp and a wire protector onto the beading wire. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the Accu-Guard leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Crimp, trim the excess wire and add a crimp cover.
STEP 30
Starting at the spacer bar furthest from the soutache component and using the center hole of each previously added spacer bar, string the sequence from Step 27.
STEP 31
Repeat Steps 25 - 30 on the opposite side of the soutache component.
STEP 32
Use a 4mm jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp to the outer wire guardian on one end of the bracelet.

Using 5mm jump rings, add a 1-1 chain that is eight links long on the opposite end.

Earrings

STEP 1
Cut two 1-inch squares of backing material.
STEP 2
Cut a 3-foot length of FireLine® thread. Thread a beading needle with the length of thread, leaving a small tail. Knot the end of the working length of thread.
STEP 3
Glue a 16x12mm "larimar" teardrop to a 1-inch square of backing material then set aside to dry. Repeat with the second square of backing and a new teardrop bead.
STEP 4
Pick up two rainbow silver brown #11 seed beads then pass back down through the backing, pulling the beads tight. Pass up through the backing behind the first bead then pass through both beads again.

Pick up two rainbow silver brown seed beads then pass back down through the backing, pulling the beads tight. Pass up through the backing behind the first bead then pass through both beads again.

Repeat to backstitch rainbow silver brown seed beads all the way around the teardrop bead.
STEP 5
Using a tubular peyote stitch technique, add the following rows. Decrease with each row, creating a bezel-effect that holds the front of the bead.
  • Three additional rows of rainbow silver brown seed beads
  • Two rows of color-lined rainbow purple #15 seed beads.
Note: View the ''How to make a Tubular Peyote Stitch'' how-to video and illustrated instructions for additional details.
STEP 6
Trim the backing, careful to not cut any threads, close to the backstitched seed beads.

Cut leather to reflect the size and shape of the backing.

Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a sharp needle.
STEP 7
Pass the needle up through the backing, near the edge, exiting near the top of the component.

Place the leather over the back of the component, holding in place with your non-dominate hand.

Pick up a raspberry #11 seed bead. Bring the needle to the back of the component then pass through the leather and the backing material, exiting next to the previously added bead. Pass back through the previously added bead.

Pick up a raspberry seed bead. Pass up through the leather and the backing material, exiting next to the newly added bead. Pass back though the new bead. Repeat to add a brick stitch edging around the entire component.
STEP 8
Weave through edge beads to the top of the teardrop component, exit through an edge bead just off center.

Pick up four raspberry seed beads then pass back through the next edge bead, pulling tight to create a loop.

Pass through the previous edge bead, the four added beads and the second edge bead again. Weave through adjacent beads to secure.
STEP 9
Cut and prepare a new length of thread with a beading needle. Repeat Steps 4 - 8 to create a second teardrop component.

Assembling the Earrings

STEP 10
String an 8mm smoky quartz round onto an eye pin then create a simple loop.

Repeat to create a second smoky quartz link and two amazonite links.
STEP 11
Connect one ear wire, one amazonite link, one smoky quartz link and one teardrop component.

Repeat to complete the second earring.

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