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Spiral stitch bead and pearl necklace

Combine freshwater pearls, fire-polished beads, and seed beads for a fashionable necklace.

SUPPLIES

necklace 19 1⁄2 in. (49.5cm) 

  • 150 8mm freshwater  drop pearls
  • 150 4mm fire-polished beads
  • 42 Japanese cylinder beads
  • size 8/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 3g color A
    • 7g color B
  • 12mm shank-enhanced Swarovski rivoli for clasp (Joyce Trimmings, ejoyce.com)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or Nymo D  conditioned with beeswax or Thread Heaven
  • beading needles, #12
INSTRUCTIONS
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FIGURE 1
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FIGURE 2

1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of Nymo or Fireline, leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, pick up three color A 8/0 seed beads, a color B 8/0, an 8mm pearl, a B, and a 4mm fire-polished bead (FIGURE 1, a–b). Tie the beads into a ring with a surgeon’s knot. Sew back through the three As (b–c).

2. Pick up an A, a B, a pearl, a B, and a 4mm (FIGURE 2, a–b). Sew through the top A, snug up the beads, and sew through the A just added (b–c). Move the new pearl loop to the left so it sits on top of the first pearl loop.

3. Repeat step 2 until your necklace is the desired length, adding thread as needed.

 

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FIGURE 3
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FIGURE 4

4. To attach the rivoli half of the clasp, sew through the end B. Pick up three cylinder beads, a 4mm, three cylinders, the 12mm rivoli, and three cylinders (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew back through the 4mm (b–c). Pick up three cylinders and a B, and sew back through the end A (c–d). Make a half-hitch knot. Retrace the thread path a few times to reinforce the stitching. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

 

5. To make a loop closure, thread a needle on the tail with the thread exiting an A. Pick up a B, three cylinders, a 4mm, and enough cylinders (approximately 24) to fit around the button (FIGURE 4, a–b). Sew back through the 4mm (b–c), and pick up three cylinders and a B (c–d). Sew through the last two As, and tie a half-hitch knot. Retrace the thread path a few times to reinforce the stitching. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim

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