Lucky Turquoise Necklace
Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Intermediate
Extreme Beading Wire, 925 Sterling Silver Plated, .014 diameter - 69"
25x9mm Sterling Silver Hook and Eye Clasp
1x1mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 34 pcs
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 9 pcs
3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Covers - 9 pcs
20mm Sterling Silver Four Leaf Clover Beads/Pendants - 3 pcs
3x2mm Turquoise Rondelles - 52 pcs
10mm Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Faceted Cushions - 21 pcs
Micro Crimping Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Finished Size: 20 3/4"
Note: There are two holes in the four leaf closer beads/pendants: one through the center of the bead from one leaf point to the opposite leaf point (the bead hole) and one through the point of one leaf (the pendant hole).
Step 1: Use 3" of wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and the pendant hole of 1 four leaf clover bead/pendant; pass back through the tube. Use the other end of the wire to string 3 turquoise cushions; pass back through the tube. Snug both ends of the wire and crimp the tube. Click here for crimping instructions. Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Repeat entire step twice.
Step 2: Place a bead stopper on one end of 24" of beading wire. Use the other end of the wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and 1 turquoise rondelle. *String 1 turquoise cushion and 1 turquoise rondelle three times. String the bead hole of 1 four leaf clover and 1 turquoise rondelle. Repeat from * three times, omitting the final four leaf clover and rondelle. String one 2x2mm crimp tube.
Step 3: Center all the beads in the wire. Pass the very ends of two 18" pieces of beading wire through the first crimp tube strung. Crimp the tube, but do not cut any wires. Repeat for the other half of the necklace.
Step 4: Use 1 wire end to string 1 turquoise rondelle and one 1mm crimp tube five times. String 1 turquoise rondelle. Place a bead stopper on the end of the wire.
Step 5: Use 1 wire to string one 1x1mm crimp tube and 1 turquoise rondelle six times. Place a bead stopper on the end of the wire. Repeat entire step for using the third wire.
Step 6: Remove bead stoppers. Use all three wires to string one 2x2mm crimp tube. Place the tube 6 3/4" from the previous 2x2mm crimp tube, and crimp. Cut two of the wires. Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Use the remaining wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and one half of the clasp; pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the tube with a crimp cover.
Step 7: Place the necklace on a flat work surface. Arrange the beads so that they're all in different spots along the wire. Use chain-nose pliers to flatten the 1x1mm crimp tubes to keep the turquoise rondelles in place. You can also use Micro Crimping Pliers to crimp the 1x1mm crimp tubes. Click here for crimping instructions.
Step 8: Repeat Steps 4-7 for the other half of the necklace.
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.