Single-Strand Necklace with Bone Embellishment, Mother-of-Pearl Beads and Seed Beads
-- Designer --
Esther, Lead Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Embellishment, bone, white, 30mm single-sided round moon and crescent moon with face, undrilled (1 embellishments)
- Bead, mother-of-pearl, 4mm round (1 bead)
- Bead, mother-of-pearl, 5.5-6mm round (4 beads)
- Bead, mother-of-pearl, 7-7.5mm round (28 beads)
- Bead, Czech fire-polished glass, bronze, 11x7mm rondelle (28 beads)
- Seed bead, glass, metallic bronze, #15 rocaille
- Seed bead, glass, fancy rainbow brown, #15 rocaille
- Crimp bead, gold-plated, 2x1.5mm round (2 crimp beads)
- Clasp, toggle, gold-plated brass, 15mm smooth round (1 clasp)
- Jumpring, gold-plated, 4.5mm round, 20 gauge (2 jumprings)
- French wire, gold-plated copper, light, 0.85mm
- Thread, Berkley FireLine, crystal, 0.15mm diameter
- Beading wire, Accu-Flex®, clear, 49 strand, 0.019-inch
- Beading needles, #10, 2-1/4 inch
- Pliers, flush-cutter
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, crimping
Brew a cup of black tea. Let the tea cool and immerse the cabochon. Let it steep in the tea until it has an aged finish that you like.
Cut a 3-yard length of FireLine®. Add a needle to one end. Thread on enough metallic bronze rocailles to go around the circumference of the base of the cabochon yet also enough that the bead count is an even number. Leaving a 6-inch tail, tie the tail and the working thread together, forming a circle with the beads. Make the knot secure.
Working in even count-peyote, weave three rows.
Decrease the amount of beads used in the next few rows of peyote, creating a bezel-effect with the seed beads that will hold the cabochon in place. Continue to weave rows until the cabochon is secure but not so many that you cover too much of the cabochon's design.
Weave your thread through the beadwork until it exits a bead in the first row.
Repeat Step 2 using fancy rainbow brown rocailles, working until you have fully encased the back of the cabochon.
Working in a zigzag pattern, weave your working thread into the bead work, then trim the end. Put your needle on the tail thread and weave it in until secure, then trim.
Cut a new length of FireLine and weave it into the beadwork on the top of the cabochon until it's secure. Weave it through the beads so it is exiting the third bead over to the right from the center bead. Using the metallic bronze rocailles, and working off of the beads in the last row of the base, begin a row of six-bead wide peyote. Continue to weave the beads into a strip that is six beads wide and long enough that when folded into a loop it can accommodate the beads in the necklace.
Once the strip is long enough, weave the last row in the strip into the row of beads in the bezel surrounding the cabochon, creating a bail.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the toggle ring portion of the clasp. Close the jumpring.
Repeat to add a 4.5mm jumpring to the loop on the toggle portion of the clasp.
Using flush-cutters, cut a 24-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.
String onto the wire one crimp tube, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the jumpring attached to the first half of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the French wire and the jumpring so the French wire is formed in a nicely curved tube. Place a small amount of adhesive inside the crimp (optional).
Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end.
String onto the beading wire one 5mm round natural mother-of-pearl bead.
String onto the beading wire the one 8mm round natural mother-of-pearl bead and one 11x17mm rondelle bronze fire-polished bead.
Repeat thirteen times for a total of fourteen sets.
String onto the beading wire one 5mm natural mother-of-pearl bead, one 4mm natural mother-of-pearl bead, the loop on the focal piece (which will sit over the top of the 4mm natural mother-of-pearl bead) and one 5mm natural mother-of-pearl bead.
Repeat Step 11 and 10, backwards, to create the second half of the strand in a mirror image of the first half of the strand.
String on one crimp tube, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the jumpring on the second half of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp then pull the wire snugly so the French wire makes a nicely curved tube. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the necklace. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).
Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim excess wire from the end.
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