Caribbean Waters Necklace


size: 18”

Materials

  • Aqua blue chalcedony faceted briolette top-drilled beads, 12mm, 18
  • Aquamarine and gold beaded chain, 4mm, 16” length
  • Gold-plated round beads, 4mm, two
  • Gold-plated twist toggle clasp, 12x15mm
  • Gold-plated wire, 26-gauge

Basic Supplies

ruler

Tools

  • Jewelry pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters

Directions

  • 1. Cut beaded chain into five 3/4" lengths and two 4-1/2" lengths. (Note: Save broken links for use in future project.)
  • 2. Cut 3" length of wire. Make wrapped loop in end by grasping wire with round-nose pliers 1" from end. Bend tail of wire over pliers 90°. Move pliers to grip wire just above 90° turn. Grab wire tail with fingers and wrap around pliers to make partial loop. Feed wire and partial loop through last link of one 4-1/2" chain length. Reposition pliers in loop and finish pulling wire around pliers to complete loop. Wrap tail around straight wire twice. Trim tail with wire cutters.
  • 3. Slide three briolettes on wire. Push briolettes tightly so they sit on alternating sides of wire. Grasp wire just beyond briolettes with round-nose pliers and bend wire tail 90° over piliers. Move pliers to grip wire just above 90° turn. Grab wire tail with fingers and wrap around pliers to make partial loop. Slide last link of one 3/4" chain section onto wire and into partial loop. Reposition pliers in loop and finish pulling wire around pliers to complete loop. Wrap tail around straight wire twice. Trim tail with wire cutters.
  • 4. Cut 3" wire length. Following Step 2, make wrapped loop through last link of chain added. Slide three briolettes onto wire. Finish with wrapped loop through last link in another 3/4" chain.
  • 5. Continue adding briolette components and 3/4" lengths of chain connected by wrapped loops until six briolette components are connected by five chain lengths. On last briolette component, slide last link of remaining 4-1/2" chain length onto wire before finishing with wrapped loop.
  • 6. Cut 2-1/2" wire length. Make wrapped loop through last link of necklace chain. Slide gold bead onto wire; finish with wrapped loop through one half of clasp. Repeat for other side of necklace using other half of clasp.

by Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil

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