Multi-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Swarovski® Crystals

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Red, white and blue is always in style and this jewelry set is sending a wave of patriotism throughout the fashion world. The combination of Swarovski bicone beads including white opal, light Siam and majestic blue make a striking statement together. Swarovski's majestic blue is a pure blue color with more intensity and sparkle than any previous Swarovski crystal blue, giving this jewelry set stunning depth ...

Necklace

STEP 1
Cut one 20-inch and two 30-inch lengths of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.

Cut two 4-inch lengths of long and short chain.
STEP 2
String onto a 30-inch length of beading wire one crimp and one Accu-Guard™ wire protector. 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 then trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire. Finish with a crimp cover.
STEP 3
String 176 light Siam 3mm bicones onto the beading wire then repeat Step 2 to secure the strand.

Note: When securing the strand leave approximately 1/4 inch of slack to accommodate later steps.
STEP 4
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the second 30-inch length of beading wire.
STEP 5
Repeat Step 2 using the 20-inch length of beading wire.
STEP 6
String the following onto the beading wire:
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • The Accu-Guard at one end of a light Siam beaded strand
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • Four majestic blue 3mm bicones
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • The Accu-Guard at one end of the second light Siam beaded strand
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
STEP 7
String the following 19 times:
  • Four majestic blue 3mm bicones
  • Two white opal AB2X 4mm bicones
STEP 8
String the following:
  • Four majestic blue 3mm bicones
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • The Accu-guard at the opposite end of the first light Siam beaded strand used in Step 6
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • Four majestic blue 3mm bicones
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • The Accu-Guard at the opposite end of the second light Siam beaded strand used in Step 6
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
STEP 9
Repeat Step 2 to secure the strand, leaving approximately 1/4 inch of slack.
STEP 10
Pass a 4mm jump ring around the blue beaded strand between the third pair of white opal AB2X bicones and around the first light Siam strand added, approximately two inches from the end. Close the jump ring. Repeat to add a drape of light Siam beads between each pair of white opal AB2X bicones.

Repeat using the second light Siam strand added.
STEP 11
Use jump rings to add a length of chain to each end of the necklace.

Use jump rings to add half of a toggle clasp to each length of chain.

Earrings

STEP 1
Cut six 10-inch lengths of beading wire.
STEP 2
String one white opal AB2X bicone onto the beading wire then string the following four times:
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • One 4mm jump ring
  • One white opal AB2X 4mm bicone
  • Four majestic blue 3mm bicones
String four majestic blue 3mm bicones and one white opal AB2X 4mm bicone then temporarily secure the strand.
STEP 3
String the following onto a second length of beading wire:
  • Nine light Siam 3mm bicones
  • The first jump ring on the majestic blue beaded strand
  • 16 light Siam 3mm bicones
  • The third jump ring on the majestic blue beaded strand
  • 16 light Siam 3mm bicones
Temporarily secure the strand.
STEP 4
Repeat Step 3 in reverse using a third length of beading wire.
STEP 5
Gather the ends of all three strands together and pass through one closed jump ring and one white opal AB2X 4mm bicone. Temporarily secure the strands.

Repeat using the opposite ends and a new jump ring and bicone.
STEP 6
Using all three strands as one, string the ends in opposite directions through one crimp bead. Pull tight to create a three-strand hoop then crimp to secure.
STEP 7
Clamp a bead tip over the crimp bead then add an earstud to the loop of the bead tip.
STEP 8
Repeat Steps 2 - 7 to create a second earring.

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