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Charmed by the sea necklace

Combine a pastel palette of crystals and pearls with chain and charms for the perfect summer accessory.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • Pewter shell charms (TierraCast)
  • 2 24 mm spindle shells 
  • 1 18 mm starfish
  • Swarovski crystals
  • 12 8 mm rounds (crystal)
  • 3 8 mm rondelles in each of 2 colors: H (golden shadow), K (chrysolite opal)
  • 3 6 mm bicones in each of 6 colors:  F (tanzanite), G (white opal), H (golden shadow), I (light amethyst), J (white opal Titan), K (chrysolite opal)
  • Swarovski crystal pearls
  • 6 6 mm, color A (white)
  • 3 6 mm in each of 2 colors: B (bronze), E (gold) 
  • 3 4 mm in each of 4 colors: A (white), B (bronze), C (powder rose), D (light blue)
  • 60 1.5 mm silver-plated beads
  • 10 mm lobster claw clasp
  • 60 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) 24-gauge head pins
  • 8 6 mm outside-diameter jump rings
  • chain (matte gold finish)
  • 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm) shell-fringe chain
  • 11 in. (28 cm) oval-link chain, 5 x 9 mm links 
  • 6 in. (15 cm) curb chain, 4 mm links 
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Charmed by the sea necklace Photo 1
Charmed by the sea necklace Photo 2

Dangles

Make dangles: On a head pin, string a 1.5 mm bead and a 4, 6, or 8 mm crystal or pearl. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Repeat with the remaining crystals and pearls. Select three color A 6 mm pearls and six 8 mm round crystals. Complete the wraps on the pearls but not the crystals, and set these nine dangles aside to use in “Assembly.”  

Chain clusters

With the remaining dangles, make three identical chain clusters as follows:

• Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of curb chain. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach it to an end link. Attach a color A 4 mm pearl dangle to the other end, and complete the wraps.
• Attach dangles to the 2-in. (5 cm) chain as follows, completing the wraps as you go. Work from the top of the chain to the bottom of the chain:
2nd link: Attach a color F 6 mm crystal to one side of the link  and a color E 6 mm pearl to the other side.
3rd link: Attach a color K 8 mm rondelle to one side of the link and a color G 6 mm crystal to the other side.
4th link: Attach a color B 6 mm pearl and an 8 mm round to one side of the link and a color B 4 mm pearl and a color H 6 mm crystal to the other side.
5th link: Attach a color I 6 mm crystal to one side of the link.
6th link: Attach a color C 4 mm pearl and a color D 4 mm pearl to one side of the link and an 8 mm round to the other side.
7th link: Attach a color A 6 mm pearl to one side of the link and a color J 6 mm crystal to the other side.
8th link: Attach a color K 6 mm crystal to one side of the link and a color H 8 mm rondelle to the other side.
• The lower 1 in. (2.5 cm) of chain should be free of dangles, except for the 4 mm pearl attached to the bottom link.

Assembly

Open the jump ring at the top of a chain cluster, and string a color A pearl dangle that you set aside in “Dangles” on one side of the chain cluster and the starfish charm on the other side. Attach the jump ring to the center link of the shell chain. Attach an 8 mm crystal dangle to the next link on each side of the chain cluster. Working away from the center link, attach the following to each side of the shell chain:

5th link: Attach a chain cluster.
6th link: Attach an 8 mm crystal dangle.
7th link: Using a jump ring, attach a shell charm and a color A 6 mm pearl dangle.
8th link: Attach an 8 mm crystal dangle.
• Cut two 5-in. (13 cm) pieces of oval chain, making sure there is a large link at each end. Use a jump ring to attach an oval chain to each end of the shell chain. Use a jump ring to attach the lobster claw clasp to one end of the necklace.

Editor's Notes
  • Use a Chain Sta during “Assembly” to make it easier to attach the clusters and dangles to the shell chain.
  • If desired, finish each end of the necklace with strung beads instead of the oval chain.
  • If the chain you use for your chain clusters has links smaller than 4 mm, consider leaving an empty link between dangles.
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