Chains don’t necessarily need
to be made of metal! Use a variety of crystal bead links to make this
dramatic beaded necklace.
From Darice: The MacKay Collection
1 - #JMC0104S Celestial Toggle Clasp
6 - #JMC0303S Sun Ray Bead Frames
46” Beadalon® Stringing wire, bright
From Shipwreck Beads:
#3FC257 – DL Czech Fire Polish Smoke Topaz
6 - #8FC257-3 Czech facetted round dark smoke topaz beads
100 - #6GP358T Brown Glass Pearls 6mm
40 - #74CC557 Smoke Topaz AB Czech cut crystal rondell
#10SB458 Root beer 10/0 seed beads
11 - #PW1999-S Bead Spacer –Silver 6mm
#10SC5592 seed beads
4 crimp tubes
1 Beadalon® crimper tool
1 Beadalon® wire cutter
Beadalon® bead board
Tip: When laying this out on the bead board lay out
your 6 bead frames as your mail elements. The beads board is at zero at
the center bottom and counts out both left and right in one inch increments.
Place three of the six bead frames in the 0-4 section (both sides) and
place the other three frames between the 4-9 areas (both sides).
1. Cut 2 lengths of stringing wire. One 26” and one 28”
2. Attach one end of the longer strand to the female end of the toggle
clasp. To do this string on a crimp tube then a 3mm Czech fire polished
bead (FPB), then thread through the small loop on the clasp, then back
down through the FPB and crimp tube. Snug the stringing wire tight so
the glass bead is right up to the clasp and only the string wrapping around
the silver loop of the clasp is showing. Crimp and trim off extra stringing
wire with wire cutters.
Note – When attaching the stringing wire to the clasps, put a small
glass bead between the clasp and the crimp bead because it gives it a
more finished look with minimal effort and no extra special crimp covers.
3. String on an inch and a half of a random mix of smaller beads: seed
beads, 3mm FPB and include a silver spacer.
4. Begin to string with all materials (except for bead frames and 8mm
Dark Topaz Czech faceted round beads that fill the frames) now. String
randomly for about 4.5 inches.
- Always separate pearls with a single seed bead.
- Always separate silver spacers with a single seed bead.
- Do not separate the faceted 6mm Rondells with seed beads or other beads
when stringing more than one in a row.
- String a 3mm Fire Polished Bead before and after every Sun Ray Bead Frame.
5. String the first bead frame at this point (about 4.5 inches).
How to string a bead frame
String on a 3mm Fire Polished Bead
String through one end of a MacKay Collection Sun Ray Bead Frame through
the 8mm Czech faceted, round dark smoked topaz bead, out the other end
of the bead frame and through another 3mm Fire Polished Bead.
6. Continue to string with the various materials: the glass pearls, seed
beads, and crystal faceted rondells between the bead frames. Use the silver
spacers and the 6mm faceted rondells as accents. Do not space any of the
bead frames evenly.
7. Continue stringing until you have strung all six beads frames and then
finish stringing until you have strung a 22” strand. String on a
crimp tube, a 3mm Fire Polished Bead, and then loop the male end of the
clasp in the appropriate opening on the clasp and then back down through
the bead and crimp tube. Crimp and trim.
Note: To determine the length of the necklace, string down the first
side of the first strand and hold the necklace up to you in front of a
mirror to gauge the length desired and adjust accordingly.
Attach the second strand of stringing wire to the female end of the clasp
in the same manner as you did the first strand. On this second strand
you will only be stringing seed beads, pearls and Smoke Topaz AB Czech
cut crystal rondells.
8. For flexibility string on three or four seed beads before your first
pearl. Then begin your random patterning and combinations of the pearls,
seed beads and crystal bicone spacers.
9. String until you have filled 21” of length. String a crimp tube,
a 3mm Fire Polished glass bead and string it through the appropriate loop
on the male end of the clasp. Snug, crimp and trim.
Debba Haupert and Katina Forte'