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Seed bead beauty necklace

Multiple strands of seed beads take shape in an elegant necklace
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Six seed bead strands drape between sterling silver cones in this dramatic necklace. Because the availability of large bicone crystals may be limited, choose your crystals first, then opt for matching hex-cut seed beads. A Bali-silver tube and oversized bead caps complement this dynamic piece, giving it silver shimmer.

SUPPLIES

  • 50 x 10mm or larger Bali-silver curved tube
  • 4 12mm bicone crystals
  • hank of 11/0 seed beads
  • 14 9mm large-hole bead caps
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 9 mighty-crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or mighty crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Determine the finished length of your necklace. (My necklaces are 19 1⁄2 in./49.5cm.) Add 6 in. (15cm) and cut six pieces of beading wire to that length. Center a crimp bead on all six wires. Crimp the crimp bead. Center the Bali-silver tube over the crimp. On each side, over all six wires, string a bicone crystal and a crimp bead. Crimp the crimp beads.
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2. On each side, over all six wires, string two bead caps so the narrow ends meet.
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3. On each side, on each wire, string approximately 3 in. (7.6cm) of 11/0 seed beads.
Tip!
Rather than stringing tiny seed beads individually, transfer them directly from the hank onto your beading wire. String your beading wire through the seed beads while they are still strung on the hank. Then pull the hank string out.
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4. On each side, over all six wires, string a crimp bead and crimp it. Repeat steps 2 and 3. Check the fit, allowing 3 in. (7.6cm) for finishing. Add or remove beads if necessary. String a crimp bead, crimp it, and repeat step 2 again.
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5. On each side, over all six wires, string a bicone, a crimp bead, a bead cap, and half of the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads, and trim the excess wire.
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