Free Beading Project Idea: Brilliant Choker

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Brilliant Choker

Brilliant Choker by Sara Oehler


Designer Sara Oehler
Skill Level Intermediate

Materials
Soft Flex Beading Wire, .019 diameter - 24"
Soft Touch Beading Wire, .010 diameter - 45"
22 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire - 1 spool
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 2 pcs
Clasp - 1 set
4mm Fire Polished Beads - 116 pcs

Tools
Magical Crimping Pliers
Cutters
Split Ring Pliers
Bead Stoppers

Instructions

Step 1: Choose a bead, Soft Flex Beading Wire, and Soft Flex Craft Wire that compliment each other.

Step 2: Use flush cutters to cut 2 inches of Soft Flex Craft Wire from the spool. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the clasp. String 1 Fire Polished bead and form a wire wrapped loop. Click here for instructions to make a wire wrapped loop.

Step 3: Use 2 inches of Soft Flex Craft Wire to form a wire wrapped loop that attaches to the previous wire wrapped loop. String 1 Fire Polished bead and form a wire wrapped loop.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 twice.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 2-4, using the other half of the clasp.

Step 6: Use flush cutters to cut 2 inches of Soft Flex Craft Wire from the spool. Form a wire wrapped loop on one end of the wire. String 1 Fire Polished bead and wrap the wire up and around the bead. Coil the wire once around the wire above the bead. Trim excess wire. Repeat entire step to create 10 dangles.

Step 7: Use flush cutters to cut two 12 inch strands of Soft Flex .019/Medium Beading Wire from the spool. Please note: this will not be the length of the entire necklace, the '4-bead chains' on instructions #10 will add the needed length to fit around your neck.

Step 8: Use one wire to string 20 Fire Polished beads. String 1 dangle and 1 Fire Polished Bead ten times. String 19 Fire Polished beads. Attach one Bead Stopper to each end of wire.

Step 9: Use the second wire to string 49 Fire Polished beads.

Step 10: Use the Bead Stoppers to clip the ends of both strands together, allowing the beads to slide back and forth on the excess wire.

Step 11: Use flush cutters to cut 45 inches of Soft Touch .010/Very Fine Beading Wire. Use one end of wire to pass through the first bead strung in Step 8. Use the other end of wire to pass through the first bead strung in Step 9. Pull the wires all the way through the beads, pulling them together.

Step 12: Cross the wires and pass through the next beads on the opposite wires. Push the beads down and pull the .010/Very fine weave tight. Repeat for the entire length of the necklace, weaving the wires back and forth through each bead.

Step 13: After weaving through the last beads, cross the wires and pass back through the bead in the opposite strand. Tie the .010/Very fine in a square knot, right over left and left over right. Cut off excess wire.

Step 14: Remove 1 Bead Stopper and use both wires to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and the last wire wrapped loop on one half of the clasp. Pass back through the tube and secure the wires using Magical Crimping Pliers. Click here for Magical Crimping Pliers instructions. Use flush cutters to trim the excess wire.

Step 15: Repeat Step 14 for the other half of the necklace.

Brilliant Choker by Sara Oehler


Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.

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Sara Oehler (pronounced Ay-ler) is a well-known jewelry designer living in the Bay Area. Sara is the author of several beading books, including her latest title, written with Kristen Fagan, Seed Bead Revolution. She has designed and written for numerous publications including: BeadStyle, Bead&Button, Bead Trends, Stringing, Jewelry in Fashion Trends, Simply Beads, The Flow and Today's Creative Home Arts. Currently, Sara is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company.Ask Sara Bead Expert
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