Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Focal, Rhodochrosite Gemstone Cabochons and Wire Wrap

STEP 1
Gently pass, uncut from the spool, approximately 12 inches of half-round wire through a pair of nylon-jaw pliers. This will straighten out the curves, identify the domed vs. the flat sides and work-harden the wire a little.

Using a pair of flush-cutters, cut a 5-1/2 inch length of wire, making sure the flat side of the cutters is positioned to leave a blunt cut on the end of the wire being cut off.

Using a jeweler's file, file both ends of the wire flat and clean so there are no burrs. Run this length of wire through a polishing cloth.
STEP 2
The base of the steel graduated mandrel measures 12.5mm. Use a millimeter gauge to be certain where 12mm is on the graduated mandrel and then, using a permanent marker, place a line at the spot. Repeat to measure and mark the mandrel at 9mm, 7mm and 5mm.
STEP 3
Hold the flat side of one 5-1/2 inch length of wire firmly at the 12mm mark. Wrap the wire up the graduated mandrel to the 9mm, 7mm, 5mm marks and then toward the slender point of the mandrel. Use up all of the length of wire. Carefully remove the spiraled wire from the mandrel. Set the coil aside.

Note: You are wrapping the wire up the mandrel in a diagonal spiral fashion, but making more definite circles at the 9mm, 7mm and 5mm marks.
STEP 4
Place the top-end of the spiraled wire between the jaws of the round/flat-nose pliers, then form a small loop.

Note: Use a permanent marker to mark the jaw of the pliers where the loop was made so you can create consistent small loops for the other cages you will form in this design.
STEP 5
Gently compress the spiraled wire to show the concentric circles of the cage. The spiral cage will have a dome shape because of the work-hardening that has occurred.
STEP 6
Insert the 12mm cabochon through the bottom of the spiral cage and gently compress the concentric circles to hug the stone.
STEP 7
View the cage sideways with the cabochon within it. There should be 3 full spirals with a less full spiral at the top end. The bottom end should have a 12mm full spiral around the cabochon base. With your non-dominant hand, hold the cage and cabochon assembly firmly. Use the round/flat-nose pliers to "tighten up" the wire at the base to create a "seat" for the cabochon.

End with a small circle about 4mm wide at the end of the wire to lock in the "seat" for the cabochon and create a "connecting" ring.

With the tip of a pair of chain-nose pliers, gently but firmly lift the small base circle to form a loop to attach to the chain. The circle should be perpendicular to the bottom of the cabochon and to the base of the cage. Set aside.

Repeat Steps 1 - 7 to create four caged cabochons. Set them all aside.
STEP 8
Open a 10mm OD (or larger) jumpring with chain-nose pliers and thread it through the 35mm Swarovski rock crystal copper focal pendant. Add the crystal pendant to the last fancy (twisted) double links of the sterling silver cable chain. Close securely.
STEP 9
Open the cabochon cage ring, pass the open ring through the double links of fancy (twisted) chain on one side of the jumpring holding the rock pendant, then close the ring securely.

Add a second cabochon cage to the other side of the same double link and close securely.

Add the remaining two cabochon cages, one on either side, to the next set of oval links (which are plain, not fancy).
STEP 10
Create crystal dangles with combinations of 8mm Swarovski rondelles and 4mm Xilion beads. Place the beads onto a ball-tip headpin then finish the headpin with a simple loop.
STEP 11
Open the loop on one crystal dangle made in Step 10. Add the open loop to the double oval link above the cabochon cages then close the loop to secure the dangle in place. Repeat adding five dangles in the double oval links above and between the cabochon cages for a nice full cluster.

Note: The cluster will look different in the front, back and two sides. Hang the cluster and view it from each side to determine if more or fewer dangles should be added. The finished design is made using seven crystal dangles but would look just as lovely with less.
STEP 12
Measure the desired length for your necklace, keeping in mind you can wear the pendant so it hangs at different intervals. Then, using flush-cutters, cut the excess links and save them for another project.

Using two jumprings, add the figure eight ring of the sterling silver springring clasp to the last two oval rings on the chain. Lock the clasp into any oval double links above the clustered pendant.

Note: The other figure eight half of the springring clasp won't be used in this design.

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