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Glass chimes necklace

Wire makes glass disks appear to float around your neck

SUPPLIES

Necklace 19 1⁄2 in. (49.5 cm)

  • Art glass disk beads
    • 5 large (38–50 mm) 
    • 2 medium (29–32 mm) 
    • 2 small (25 mm) 
  • 9 4–6 mm fire-polished beads or crystals
  • 9 6 mm diameter flat round beads
  • 6–9 g 6/0 seed beads
  • 1–3 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 20- or 22-gauge wire
  • 4 4-in. (10 cm) 22-gauge head pins
  • 2-in. (5 cm) 22-gauge head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • flexible beading wire, .012–.014
  • tape or Bead Stopper
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

The art glass beads shown here are from Rush Creek Glass, but you could adapt any flat bead or component to create your own unique design!

INSTRUCTIONS

Tip!
Editor’s note: Make this necklace with as many or as few disk beads as you prefer — just arrange them to your liking. You can also change the beads used in the neck chain — try alternating flat 6 mm fire-polished beads with 6/0 seed beads, using hex-cut or triangle beads instead of seed beads, or mixing a bead soup.
Glass chimes necklace Photo A
Photo A
Glass chimes necklace Photo B
Photo B
Glass chimes necklace Photo C
Photo C
Glass chimes necklace Photo D
Photo D
Glass chimes necklace Photo E
Photo E
Glass chimes necklace Photo F
Photo F
Glass chimes necklace Photo G
Photo G
Glass chimes necklace Photo H
Photo H
Glass chimes necklace Photo I
Photo I

Glass disk components

1. On a 2-in. (5 cm) head pin, string a 4–6 mm fire-polished bead or crystal, a small glass disk bead, an 11/0 seed bead to fit inside the small disk if needed, and a 6 mm flat round bead. Make a wrapped loop at the tip of your roundnose pliers. Bend the loop parallel to the disk (PHOTO A). Set aside this one-disk unit.

2. On a 4-in. (10 cm) head pin, string a 4–6 mm, a medium glass disk bead, a 6/0 or 11/0 to fit inside the disk if needed, and a flat 6 mm. Make a wrapped loop, but do not trim. With the tail parallel to the disk, make another wrapped loop just inside the edge of the disk’s rim, and trim (PHOTO B). If necessary, bend the wire so it is close to the back of the disk.

3. Repeat Step 2 three times using a large glass disk bead for each one-disk unit, and vary the length of the wire between the first and second wrapped loop for each.

4. Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of 20- or 22-gauge wire. Place one end of it in the jaws of your roundnose pliers, and wrap the wire around the tip of the pliers two or three times to form a loose coil (PHOTO C). String a 4–6 mm, a medium disk, a 6/0 or 11/0 to fit inside the disk if needed, and a flat 6 mm. Make a wrapped loop, but do not trim (PHOTO D). With the wire close to the back of the disk, position the jaw of your pliers about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) from the wrapped loop, and make a small loop at the tip of the pliers (PHOTO E). About 1⁄2–3⁄4 in. (1.3–1.9 cm), make another wrapped loop, but do not trim. String a flat 6 mm, a large disk, a 6/0 or 11/0 to fit inside the disk if needed, and a 4–6 mm, and make a loose coil at the end, trimming the wire if needed (PHOTO F). If necessary, bend the wire so it is close to the back of the disks and both disks face in the same direction. Set aside this two-disk unit.

5. Repeat step 4, using a small disk and a large disk.

Assembly

1. Cut a 22-in. (56 cm) piece of beading wire, and temporarily secure one end with tape or a Bead Stopper, leaving a 2–2 1⁄2-in. (5–6.4 cm) tail. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 seed bead for about 7 in. (18 cm), a large one-disk unit, and an 11/0. If the wrapped loop is too big and slips over the 6/0s on either side of the 11/0s, squeeze the loop with chainnose pliers to flatten it slightly, so it will stay between the 6/0s. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 for about 1 in. (2.5 cm), a medium and large two-disk unit, and an 11/0, and flatten the loop if necessary. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 for about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm), a small and large two-disk unit and an 11/0, and flatten the loop if necessary. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 for about 1 in. (2.5 cm), a large one-disk unit, and an 11/0, and flatten the loop if necessary. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 for about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm), a medium one-disk unit, and an 11/0, and flatten the loop if necessary. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 for about 1 in. (2.5 cm), a large one-disk unit, and an 11/0, and flatten the loop if necessary. String an alternating pattern of a 6/0 and an 11/0 (PHOTO G) for about 7 in. (18 cm). 

2. String a 6/0, a crimp bead, a 6/0, and the small one-disk unit made in Step 1 of “Glass disk components.” Go back through the 6/0, crimp bead, and the next few 6/0s and 11/0s.

3. On the other end, remove the tape or Bead Stopper, and string a crimp bead, a 6/0, and enough 11/0s to form a loop that will fit around the small disk added in Step 2. Skipping the 11/0s, go back through the 6/0, crimp bead, and the next few 6/0s and 11/0s. 

4. Test the fit of the necklace, and add or remove beads as needed. Crimp the crimp beads, and trim the excess wire. Close a crimp cover over each crimp (PHOTOS H AND I).

Tip!
Designer’s notes: 
• I like to cut a generous length of beading wire to allow for adjustments — usually the desired length of the necklace plus 6 in. (15 cm).
• Arrange the disk beads on your work surface in a manner that pleases you. Change them around before you determine their final position. 
• When making a two-bead unit, keep the larger bead on the bottom. 
• The smallest bead should be used as the clasp.
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