Free Beading Project Idea: Lemon-Limeade Necklace

Would you like a delicious necklace for the summer? Learn how to bead this beautiful necklace by  Jamie Hogsett. This refreshing lemon lime design is perfect for a hot summer day. The colored  beading wire we feature in this free beading project idea can be altered to fit any mood. This project may be a little daunting for the beginner, but it is a perfect fit for a beader that has designed jewelry before. If you are a beginner and would still like to give this necklace a shot, we suggest you brush up on your  crimping and learn the fundamentals of wire wrapping with Craft Wire. We love to help out beginners, if you have any questions, you can  email us, find us on Facebook, or even call us

Materials
Chrysoprase .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
Peridot .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
Yellow Lemon Quartz .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
Non-Tarnish Copper 22-Gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire
Non-Tarnish Copper 26-Gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire
12mm Copper Lobster Clasp - 1 set
3mm x 3mm Silver Filled Crimp Tubes - 14
2mm x 2mm Copper Crimp Tubes - 14
3mm Copper Crimp Covers - 14
8x12mm Javanese Lampwork Manik Manik Glass Rondelles - 21

Tools
Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Crimping Pliers
Bead Stoppers

Instructions
Finished Size:7 1/2"

Step 1: Use 2" of 22-gauge Craft Wire to form a wire-wrapped loop. String 1 rondelle and form a wire-wrapped loop.

Step 2: Use 2" of 22-gauge wire to form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to the previous loop. String 1 rondelle and form a wire-wrapped loop. Repeat entire step for a chain of three beads.

Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2 five times. Set aside.

Step 4: Repeat Step 1. Use 2" of 22-gauge wire to form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to the previous loop. String 1 rondelle and form a wire-wrapped loop with a double loop (this is the loop the lobster clasp will attach to). Set aside.

Step 5: Cut twenty-one 8" pieces of Chrysoprase wire. Cut fourteen 8" pieces and seven 12" pieces of Peridot wire. Cut twenty-one 8" pieces of Yellow Lemon Quartz wire.

Step 6: Use one 12" piece of wire to string 1 copper crimp tube and the wire-wrapped loop end of the chain of beads formed in Step 4. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the crimp tube with 1 crimp cover. Use the other end of the Peridot wire to string 1 mighty crimp tube. Place the very ends of three pieces of Chrysoprase wire, two 8" pieces of Peridot wire, and three pieces of Yellow Lemon Quartz wire into the crimp tube. Snug the crimp tube close to the previous crimp cover and use Mighty Crimpers to crimp.

Step 7: Divide the wires into three groups, with each group having one wire of every color. Braid each group together for 3", placing one Bead Stopper at the end of each braid. Carefully remove the Bead Stoppers and use all nine wires to string 1 mighty crimp tube. Adjust the crimp tube and wires as necessary, making sure there are 3" of braided wires between the mighty crimp tubes. Crimp the mighty crimp tube. Carefully trim all the 8" wire ends. Use the remaining Peridot wire end to string 1 copper crimp tube and one wire-wrapped loop of 1 chain of beads formed in Step 3. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the crimp tube with 1 crimp cover.

Step 8: Use one 12" piece of wire to string 1 copper crimp tube and the other end of the previous chain of beads. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the crimp tube with 1 crimp cover. Use the other end of the Peridot wire to string 1 mighty crimp tube. Place the very ends of three pieces of Chrysoprase wire, two 8" pieces of Peridot wire, and three pieces of Yellow Lemon Quartz wire into the crimp tube. Snug the crimp tube close to the previous crimp cover and use Mighty Crimpers to crimp.

Step 9: Divide the wires into three groups: one with three pieces of Chrysoprase wire, one with three pieces of Peridot wire, and one with three pieces of Yellow Lemon Quartz wire. Braid each wire group together for 3 1/2", placing one Bead Stopper at the end of each braid. Braid the three braids together for 3". Carefully remove the Bead Stoppers and use all nine wires to string 1 mighty crimp tube. Adjust the crimp tube and wires as necessary, making sure there are 3" of braided wires between the mighty crimp tubes. Crimp the mighty crimp tube. Carefully trim all the 8" wire ends. Use the remaining Peridot wire end to string 1 copper crimp tube and one wire-wrapped loop of 1 chain of beads formed in Step 3. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the crimp tube with 1 crimp cover.

Step 10: Repeat {Step 8, Step 7, Step 8 and Step 9} twice.

Step 11: Divide the wires into three groups, with each group having one wire of every color. Braid each group together for 3", placing one Bead Stopper at the end of each braid. Carefully remove the Bead Stoppers and use all nine wires to string 1 mighty crimp tube. Adjust the crimp tube and wires as necessary, making sure there are 3" of braided wires between the mighty crimp tubes. Crimp the mighty crimp tube. Carefully trim all the 8" wire ends. Use the remaining Peridot wire end to string 1 copper crimp tube and the lobster clasp. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the crimp tube with 1 crimp cover.

Step 12: Use 6" of 26-gauge Craft Wire to wrap around the previous mighty crimp tube, wrapping around and around the tube until it's covered with coils of copper wire. Tuck the wire ends into the wrap. Repeat entire step thirteen times, covering every mighty crimp tube.

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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Jamie Hogsett is a bead lover, jewelry designer, beading instructor, freelance editor, and the co-author of Show Your Colors. She is the author of Stringing Style and co-author of the Create Jewelry series: Pearls, Crystals, Stones, and Glass. Jamie's work has been published numerous times in Stringing and Beadwork magazines as well as in Beadwork Creates Beaded Rings, Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags, Beadwork Creates Beaded Earrings and other books and magazines from Interweave Press.