January 31, 2014 1 Comment
With so many new beads arriving in the bead store I was feeling the need to use them all, or at least as many as I could fit in one necklace! This necklace uses basic beading techniques to build a wonderfully scrumptious necklace that is surprisingly lightweight and ever so easy to wear. Mix and match your favorite colors and shapes to make a different design each time!
5 1/2 inches 4mm rhinestone chain
1 pair rhinestone chain crimp ends
6 1/2 inches 3mm rolo chain
18 inches circle charm chain
16 heavy 6mm jump rings
2 end bars with 6 holes
1 large toggle clasp
1 strand (35pcs) 4mm firepolished glass beads
1 strand (42pcs)4mm Swarovski crystal pearls
3 packages (50pcs) 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones
1 yard Softflex wire, size .014″ cut into 1 foot lengths
Six tube shaped crimp beads, size 2mm x 2mm
Designer’s Tip: Each strand is strung or cut to length before attaching the individual strands to the end bars. The graduated appearance is achieved by adding 1/2 inch of length to each strand. Measurements must include any added length created by crimp ends or crimp beads but do not include the jump ring that the Softflex is attached to. This tutorial lists the exact number of beads used for each strand, if you are using different beads use following the measurement guidelines as follows:
1st strand: 5 1/2 inches rhinestone chain
2nd strand: 6 inches of strung 4mm firepolish beads
3rd strand: 6 1/2 inches 3mm rolo chain
4th strand: 7 inches 4mm Swarovski pearls
5th strand: 7 1/2 inches 4mm Swarovski bicones
6th strand: 8 inches circle charm chain
Preparing the Six Strands
- Place one end of the rhinestone chain into the crimp end and secure it in place by using chain nose pliers to gently fold the prongs inward against the rhinestone.
- Cut the chain so that there are a total of 20 links (or 5 1/2″).
- Attach the second crimp end on the opposite end of the chain.
- Using chain nose pliers, close two jump rings.
- Feed a crimp bead onto one end of the wire. String through the closed jump ring and then back through the crimp bead so that the ring becomes “trapped” in the loop.
- For a professional look, use a crimp tool to secure the crimp bead in place. (We made a great video on how to use this tool.) Alternatively one can secure the crimp bead in place by squeezing it with chain nose pliers.
- String on 35 firepolish beads.
- Feed a crimp bead and a closed jump ring onto the wire, then go back through the crimp bead so that the ring becomes “trapped” in the loop.
- Position the crimp bead against the beads and secure it in place with a crimp tool.
- Cut the rolo chain so that it measures 6 1/2 inches in length.
- Use the same techniques outlined in Strand #2 only this time string 42 Swarovski pearls onto the wire.
- Use the same techniques outlined in Strand #2 only this time string 50 Swarovski bicones.
- Cut an 8 inch length of circle charm chain.
Assembling the Strands onto the End Bars
Each strand is attached to the end bars with jump rings starting with Strand #1, then Strand #2 and so on. The beaded strands use the jump ring already attached to the strand while the chains will require a new jump ring. This step is surprisingly difficult as the strands want to twist around each other and the jump rings seem to fly across the room. I prefer to assemble the strands on a flat surface in order to keep everything under control.
Finishing the Necklace & Adding the Clasp
- Cut two lengths of circle charm chain that measure 5 inches each.
- Use a new jump ring to attach one end of each chain to the top loop of the end bars.
- Use a new jump ring to attach each side of the clasp to the opposite end of the chains.