Project 103-3
Sterling Silver Link Necklace




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Sterling silver and onyx are often thought of when dressing up casual wear or when accompanying a Southwest look. Think high elegance when sterling silver links set with these semi-precious stones combine to create a stylish look suitable for the most formal occasion. Press that little black dress, dust of that strapless gown and get ready to go to town a surprisingly glamorous project.


  • 2” Sterling silver head pins F14-8440FN
  • 5mm sterling silver jumprings (22) F14-1996FD
  • Jeweled turquoise drop with double loops on one side (2) F14-1600FD
  • Round black onyx cabochon links set in sterling silver (5) F14-8997FN
  • Oval turquoise links set in sterling silver (4) F14-5806FN
  • Sterling silver flower drops (6) F14-8670FN
  • Sterling silver pointed oval links (4) F14-4875FN
  • Sterling silver oval twists with 2 loops (6) F14-4872FN
  • Sterling silver oval twists with 1 loop (2) F14-4882FN
  • Large sterling silver fancy scrollwork clasp (1) F14-4790FN
  • #6 black seed beads F14-5221SB
  • Safety Glasses or Goggles (to protect eyes from cut head pins)
  • EUROTOOL® flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire nippers.

Note: SS denotes Sterling Silver

  1. 1. Attach two jump rings to the same end of a round SS Round Onyx cabochon. This first cabochon will be the centerpiece of the necklace.

    (Tip: Always open eye pins and jump rings using two pliers. These can be flat nose, round nose or a combination of both. To open jump rings/loops without distorting them, hold one end of the loop stationary with a pair of pliers. With the other pair of pliers, twisting the end outward to the side, rather than pulling the ends away from each in a parallel position. Close the loop by swinging it back into place with the pliers).
  2. 2. Make two link strands using the following components. Assemble in the order listed. Attach these components together with jump rings.

    Turquoise drop with double loops on one side (attach the single loop side to the onyx cab) and a single loop and the other.

    • SS Pointed Oval link (attached to the topmost loop on the turquoise drop)
    • SS Round Onyx cabochon
    • SS Oval Turquoise Link
    • SS Pointed Oval link
    • SS Round Onyx cabochon
    • SS Twisted Oval twist with 2 loops
    • SS Twisted Oval twist with 2 loops
  3. Attach each strand to the jump rings on the center onyx cabochon completed in Step 1. The ends with the turquoise drop (component #1) should be attached facing the center onyx cabochon.
  4. Attach the fancy SS clasp to the ends of the necklace using jump rings (the ends should be the twisted oval links (components #8).
  5. To make the center dangle, add three black seed beads to an eye pin. Bend the end of the pin at a 90° angle, 3/8” from the end.
  6. Bend the angled wire into a loop using round nose pliers.
  7. Turn the head pin with the loop facing downward so that the seed beads rest against the eye formed in the loop. Bend the remaining length of wire at a 90° angle. Make sure the wire is bent in the same direction as the first loop.
  8. Trim the bent wire end to 3/8” in length with the wire nippers. Form a loop out of the trimmed length as in Step 6.
  9. Open one end of the eye/bead component you’ve just made. Attach it to the bottom loop of the center SS Onyx cabochon link on the necklace.
  10. Open the bottom loop of the dangle and add the SS Flower link.
  11. Create four more black seed bead dangles (two with 3 beads and two with 2 beads) as described in Steps 5-8.
  12. Attach the 2-bead dangles to one end of two SS oval twists (with 2 loops). Attach this combination dangle (bead end down) to the open-bottom link of the turquoise components on either side center onyx cabochon.
  13. Attach a 3-bead dangle to the open-bottom loop (facing outward) in the pointed oval links, with a jump ring (component #3).
  14. Attach a twisted oval link (with one loop) to the open-top loop (facing outward) of the pointed oval links with a jump ring (component #3).

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