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Pink ribbon necklace

Give the power of Pink with a necklace that reminds us of life’s lessons and loops while raising awareness about breast cancer.

The pink ribbon is worn to raise awareness about breast cancer. Make a pink-ribbon necklace with a custom-made cameo as a special tribute to the cause. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, this necklace would make a wonderful gift to honor a survivor or as a remembrance of someone lost to the disease. Whether or not you stick with pink, this necklace is a great way to think through your plain loops.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 24 in. (61 cm)

  • 40 mm cameo
  • 40 mm bezel setting
  • 6 16-in. (41 cm) strands 4–10 mm beads, assorted shapes
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 3–4 ft. (.9–1.2 m) ribbon
  • 91–101 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • 2 9 mm jump rings
  • 90–100 4 mm jump rings
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • sewing needle and thread
  • Super New Glue

Check your local bead store for supplies. Cameo and bezel from Jewels n Findings, 831.635.0194, jewelsnfindings.com. Glue from Rings & Things, 800.366.2156, rings-things.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
On an eye pin, string two bicone crystals and make a plain loop.
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Step 2
Glue a cameo to a bezel setting. Open a 4 mm jump ring and attach the bezel and the bicone unit. Close the jump ring.
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Step 3
On an eye pin, string a bead and make a plain loop. Make 90 to 100 bead units.
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Step 4
Use 4 mm jump rings to connect a bead unit to each loop of the bicone unit. On each end, use jump rings to attach bead units until the strand is 12–16 in. (30–41 cm) long.
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Step 5
Use jump rings to connect bead units to make three more 10–14-in. (25–36 cm) strands.
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Step 6
Attach one end of each strand to a 9 mm jump ring. Repeat on the other end. If necessary, use additional 4 mm jump rings to adjust the length of each strand. If desired, twist the three short strands together before attaching.
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Step 7
Cut two 18–24-in. (46–61 cm) pieces of ribbon. String one end of a ribbon through a 9 mm jump ring. Using a needle and thread, sew the end of the ribbon to the back of the ribbon, forming a loop. Repeat on the other end.
Pink ribbon alternate
Design alternative
• Select a combination of beads in colors to match a fancy ribbon. 
• Try substituting decorative bead frames for 9 mm jump rings.
• Instead of making numerous bead units, opt for beaded chain. The shortest strand has segments of beaded chain with orange rondelles.
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