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Peppermint parade necklace

Combine a sweetly-striped bezel with peppermint-stick beading, or opt for a subtler pairing of white and red cords.
Peppermint parade necklace key
Peppermint parade necklace pattern
Pattern

SUPPLIES

Peppermint pendant 2 in. (5 cm) 

  • 1 27 mm rivoli (Swarovski #1201, crystal with foil back; www.fusionbeads.com) or 25–30 mm round flat marbles (clear)
  • 1 4 x 6 mm crystal rondelle (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 3–4 g white (DB0351, matte white)
    • 1–2 g red (DB0753, matte opaque red)
  • 2–3 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 24-gauge wire (silver)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bent-nose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

Peppermint stick neck chains 28 in. (71 cm)

  • 12 4 x 6 mm crystal rondelles (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 8 color A (Swarovski, Siam)
    • 8 color B (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 1 g white (DB0351, matte white)
    • 1 g red (DB0753, matte opaque red)
  • lobster claw clasp (silver)
  • 65 in. (1.7 m) 24-gauge wire (silver)
  • 13 in. (33 cm) small-link chain (silver)
  • 5 5–6 mm jump rings (silver)

Two-color neck cord 28 in. (71 cm)

  • 27 in. (69 cm) 1 mm leather, plastic, or satin cord in each of 2 colors: red and white
  • 2 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, chalk white)
  • lobster claw clasp (silver)
  • 5 in. (13 cm) 24-gauge wire (silver)
  • 2 5–6 mm jump rings (silver)
  • 2 cord ends (silver)

INSTRUCTIONS

Peppermint pendant

End and add thread as needed while you stitch the pendant, which consists of the bezeled focal and candy-wrapper ends.

Bezeled rivoli or cabochon

1.
On a comfortable length of thread, pick up the following 11/0 cylinder beads: three red, four white, three red, five white. Repeat this pattern until you have nine groups of three red beads, and then pick up five white beads for a total of 68 beads.

Tip!
This pattern of beads results in fairly evenly spaced red stripes that are all the same width. For a bezel with alternating thicker and thinner stripes, as shown in the necklace at left, pick up an irregular pattern of cylinders such as three red, three white, one red, two white, three red, four white. Adjust as necessary to fit the stone. 
 
Peppermint parade necklace figure 1
Figure 1

2. Wrap the beads around the circumference of your rivoli, and add or remove beads from the last few white sections until the beads form a snug (but not too tight) ring around the rivoli. Make sure you end with an even number of beads, and then tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail. Sew through the first two red beads. 

3. Begin a round of tubular peyote stitch as follows:

  • one stitch with a red bead (FIGURE 1, a–b)
  • two stitches with white beads (b–c)
  • one stitch with a red bead (c–d)
  • three stitches with white beads (d–e)
  • one stitch with a red bead (e–f)

Continue working in peyote, following the established color pattern and adjusting the stitch counts as needed in areas were you added or removed beads. Step up through the first red bead added in this round. Work six more rounds for a total of nine rounds.

4. Insert your rivoli into the beadwork to check that the bezel extends a little above and below it. Add or remove rounds as needed, aiming for an odd number of rounds.

5. Work a round of tubular peyote with 15/0 seed beads, pulling tight to begin cupping this edge of the beadwork. Set this thread aside.

6. Once again insert the rivoli into the beadwork so that the back of the rivoli is against the round of 15/0s. With the tail, work a round of tubular peyote with 15/0s, pulling tight again. If the rivoli doesn’t feel secure enough in the bezel, work another round of 15/0s with one or both threads. End the tail but not the working thread.

Tip!
If you choose the pattern of beads in the previous tip, you will also need to adjust your stitches to match your striped pattern.
Peppermint parade necklace figure 2
Figure 2

Candy-wrapper ends

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder just to one side of the center round of peyote (FIGURE 2, point a). Begin the base round of the candy wrapper as follows:

  • Pick up two white cylinders, turn, and sew through the adjacent cylinder (a–b).
  • Pick up two white cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder in the same round. Repeat this stitch once (b–c).
  • Pick up two white cylinders, turn, and sew through the adjacent cylinder (c–d). 
  • Pick up two white cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder in the same round. Repeat this stitch once. Step up through the first white cylinder added in this round (d–e).
Peppermint parade necklace figure 3
Figure 3

2. Work a round of tubular herringbone stitch, picking up a 15/0 after each stitch (FIGURE 3). Work another round with two 15/0s after each herringbone stitch, and then work rounds with three, four, five, and six 15/0s after stitches.

3.  Work one last round, but for each herringbone stitch, pick up one 15/0 instead of two white cylinders, and pick up seven 15/0s after the herring- bone stitches.

4.  Sew through the beadwork to the opposite side of the bezel. Work as in step 1 to begin the base of the other candy-wrapper end.

5. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Slide the loop through a cylinder in the bezel that corresponds to the center of the candy wrapper. Complete the wraps. String two white cylinders, a 4 x 6 mm rondelle, and a white cylinder, and make a wrapped loop.

6. Work as in steps 2 and 3 around the rondelle link, and then sew through the beadwork to exit a white cylinder in the last round of herringbone just to one side of the rondelle link. Sew through the corresponding cylinder on the other side of the round, and sew through the first cylinder again to join them. Sew through the beadwork to exit a white cylinder on the other side of the rondelle link, and work another join to stabilize the link inside the candy wrapper (FIGURE). End the working thread.

7. Choose to finish the pendant with a peppermint-stick neck chain or two-color neck cord by following the appropriate steps below.

Peppermint parade necklace side
Peppermint parade necklace back

Peppermint-stick neck chains

1. On 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Reading the pattern (above) from the bottom left-hand corner, pick up the following cylinders for rows 1 and 2: one white, two red, six white, and three red.

2. Work in flat even-count peyote stitch to complete the pattern, and zip up the first and last rows. Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread. Remove the stop bead, and end the tail.

3. Make four peppermint tubes.

4. Each neck chain consists of links attached by wrapped loops. As you make a link, always attach it to the previous link before completing the last wrapped loop. Review how to make the following three links, and then make and attach them in the order given in step 5:

Rondelle link: Cut 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4 cm) of wire, and make a wrapped loop. String a rondelle, and make a wrapped loop.

Bicone link: Cut 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4 cm) of wire, and make a wrapped loop. String a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, and make a wrapped loop.

Peppermint link: Cut 3 in. (7.6 cm) of wire, and make a wrapped loop. String a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, a peyote tube, and a B. Make a wrapped loop.

5. Assemble each neck chain with the following links and components:

  • rondelle, bicone, rondelle, peppermint
  • rondelle, bicone, rondelle, peppermint
  • rondelle, bicone, rondelle, 6 1⁄2-in. (16.5 cm) chain, bicone

6. Attach a 5–6 mm jump ring to the top wrapped loop on the pendant, and use two more jump rings to attach the neck chains to the pendant.

7. Attach a 5–6 mm jump ring to the bicone unit at the end of one of the neck chains. Use another jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp to the end of the other neck chain. 

Two-color neck cord

1. Cut 27 in. (69 cm) each of red and white cord. Place one end of each cord in a cord end, and use chainnose pliers to squeeze the flap closed.

2. Attach a 5–6 mm jump ring to the top wrapped loop of the pendant. Loosely twist the two cords together, and string the pendant. Attach a cord end as before.

3.  Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the loop to a cord end, and complete the wraps. String a 3 mm bicone crystal, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the loop to a 5–6 mm jump ring, and complete the wraps.

4. Repeat step 3 for the other end of the necklace, but attach a lobster claw clasp instead of a jump ring.

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