Glass Beads And Silver Chain

fHESE STUNNING necklaces COMBINE HAND-WORKED GLASS BEADS, STERLING SILVER ||RE. AND LENGTHS of PURCHASED CHAIN. EARRINGS COMPLETE THE SET.

Kimberley Adams

Making a wire loop, page 45; making a wire spiral, page 46.

YOU WILL NEED

Large focal beads

Smaller accent beads

Wire cutters

20gauge sterling silver wire

Round-nose pliers

Chain-nose pliers

Purchased sterling silver chain

Pair of ear wires

1 The basic unil of the necklace is a large focal bead with one or two small accent beads on each side of it—ail threaded on a piece of wire, with loops on each end holding the beads in place. These basic bead units are joined in groups of three. In turn, the groups are connected with chain.

2 Lay out your beads until you're pleased with the order. To avoid reopening and closing a lot of loops, work from one end of the necklace to the other.

3 Cut a piece of wire to a convenient working length—say. 8 inches (20.5 cm). (You'll soon discover what length works for you; you want It long enough to handle easily but not so long that you waste a lot of sterling wire.)

4 Form a loop in one end of the wire. Thread on one or two small accent beads, a large focal bead, and one or two more accent beads. Form a loop in the other end of the wire and clip the excess.

5 Tnread a second piece of wire through a loop of the first completed segment: form the new wire into a loop. Thread on the beads of your second unit and form a loop in the other end.

6 Repeat Step 5 with your third group of beads, but don't make the last loop. See Figure 1. You should now have three wired units of beads.

7 With the wire cutters, cut a piece of chain about 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) long. Make sure you have com-

FIGURE 2

plete links. Thread the chain onto the wired and form the wire into a loop. See Figure 2.

8 At the other end of the chain, attach a length of wire and form a loop. Thread on thmf beads.

9 Continue around the necklace until it is c ed. connecting the last two loops to each otnei

10 Check carefully for burrs, squeezing the en| into the coils as necessary.

11 For the red earrings, cut a 6-inch (15.5 err; piece of wire and form a loop in one end. Add accent beads and a focal bead, form a loop in wire's other end. and attach it to the earwim| Repeat for other earring.

12 For the lavender earrings, cut a 6-inch wire and form a spiral In one end. String on* then form a wire loop at the other end. Wire1 larger bead and attach it to the smaller one. the ear wire. Repeat with other earring.

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