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Earthy girl collar

Pair SuperDuos and two-hole daggers in this adjustable-length collar that fans out in earth tones.
Earthy girl collar key

SUPPLIES

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm) plus extender chain 

  • 173 3 mm glass pearls (Swarovski, deep brown) 
  • 44 two-hole dagger beads (opaque turquoise Picasso)
  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuos
    • 129 color A (opaque turquoise Picasso)
    • 42 color B (opaque red white luster)
    • 86 color C (umber Picasso) 
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • 3 g color D (Toho 457C, dark bronze metallic)
    • 6 g color E (Toho 389, terra cotta lined topaz AB)
  • 42 6 x 11 mm fan charms, copper finish (TierraCast, deco fan)
  • 5 in. (13 cm) antiqued copper chain, 7 x 10 mm links
  • 1 12 x 7 mm lobster clasp, copper 
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 24-gauge copper wire
  • 3 2-in. (5 cm) copper head pins
  • 2 5 mm copper wire guards
  • Fireline 8 lb. test 
  • beading needles, #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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Collar

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, pick up a color D 15/0 seed bead, a 3 mm pearl, a D 15/0, a pearl, a D 15/0, a color A SuperDuo bead, and a pearl. Sew through the first three beads to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. 

2. Pick up a pearl, a D 15/0, a pearl, a D 15/0, and an A SuperDuo, and sew up through the adjacent pearl in the previous round and the next pearl and D 15/0 (b–c). Repeat this stitch until you have a total of 86 As, or to your desired length, ending with an even number of As.

3. Sew through the end pearl and the next D 15/0. Pick up three D 15/0s, and sew through the open hole of the adjacent A SuperDuo (FIGURE 2, a–b). 

4. Row 2: Pick up an A, and sew through the open hole of the next A (b–c). Pick up a D 15/0, a color B SuperDuo, and a D 15/0, and sew through the open hole of the next A (c–d). Repeat these two stitches (d–e) to complete the row, ending by adding an A. 


NOTE:  Pick up D 15/0 seed beads on each side of the B SuperDuos only, not on each side of the As.

5. Row 3: Pick up three D 15/0s, a color C SuperDuo, and a D 15/0, and sew through the open hole of the end A SuperDuo in the previous row (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a D 15/0 and a C, and sew through the next B SuperDuo (b–c). Pick up a C and a D 15/0, and sew through the following A SuperDuo (c–d). Repeat these two stitches (d–e) to complete the row. The D 15/0s should be added next to the As only but do not add a 15/0 after sewing through the last A in the row.

6. Row 4: Pick up a C SuperDuo, and three D 15/0s, and sew through the open hole of the C just added (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up a dagger (top hole), and sew through the open hole of the next C (b–c). Pick up seven color E 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the next C (c–d). Repeat these two stitches (d–e) to add daggers and E 15/0s to complete the row, ending with a dagger.

7. Row 5: Pick up three D 15/0s, and sew through the other hole of the last C (FIGURE 5 a–b). Continue through the hole your thread exited at the start of the step (b–c). Pick up three D 15/0s, and sew through the open hole of the last dagger (c–d). Pick up seven E 15/0s, a charm, and seven E 15/0s, and sew through the open hole of the next dagger. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row (d–e). End the working thread and tail.

Finishing

1. Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of chain. Add 8 in. (20 cm) of thread to one end of the beadwork, and exit an end pearl. Pick up a wire guard, and slide an end link of chain into it. Sew through the end pearl again. Retrace the thread path through this connection, and end the thread. Repeat this step to attach a 3-in. (7.6 cm) chain to the other end of the necklace.

2. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop 
at one end. Slide the end of the short chain into the loop, and complete the wrap. String a pearl onto the wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Slide the clasp into the loop, and complete the wrap. 

3. Work as in step 2 to begin a wrapped loop and attach it to the end of the long chain. String a pearl and the top hole of a dagger. Make a wrapped loop, capturing the dagger in the loop and leaving enough room to attach a few dangles above the dagger.

4. On a head pin, string a few beads as desired. Slide it onto the wrapped loop above the dagger, and complete the wrap. Repeat to make two more dangles, varying the beads as desired.

Tip!
FLIP IT: For each new row, you may flip the piece over to work from left to right or right to left as is comfortable.
 
LOOSEN UP:  Keep the tension easy or the beadwork will ruffle. 

KEEP IT CURVY: Make sure the work lies flat in a slight curve to fit around your neck.

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