amber necklace 24 in. (61cm)

• cone-shapod lampwork bead (Patti Calvll bonds. D/ed n the riro Dooyns. 828-689-8934)

• 4 10mm Sair.pwortt beads

• Swu/ovski crystaJs 80-100 3mm bicones 15-25 4mm bicoros 20 bmm bfoonea

20 6mm rondulles

• 8 16 In. (41cm) Strands ol 2'tKM round amber beads

• 10 5mm fc.irid amber bends

• 8 12mm ore^ed cfass flcwws

• crimping pfters block necklace 18 in (46cm)

• cone-Shaped tamowotk bead

• 100-125 assorted Czech glass beads. size 4-ionm

• 44rfv(»ciebeacSrtg wire, size .012-.0I4

• 3 m. (7.6cm) 22-gauge wire, stertng saver. haï hard

cluster earrings

• 2 in. (5cm) 22-gauge wire, sterling silver, halt hare black necklace arid earrings - crimping pliers

• chainnose pliers

• roondnose pliers

seven links long.

[6] SirinjA •> -1mm bead on a head pin and make the first hall ol j wrapped loop (Basics).

[7] Slide the end link of chain on the loop (photo f) and finish the wraps.

[8] Connect I wo dangles to each of ihe remaining chain links (photo g) tor a cluster of Idangles.

[9] Cut i-in. (7.6cm) piece of 22«gauge wire. Make the first half of a small wrapped loop about an inch (2.5cm) from the eiul ol the wire. (.onnccr the loop lo the end link of chain between the two dangles and make rwo or three wraps (photo h). [10] String a cone shaped lampwork head and a 4111111 bead on the wire and against rhe loop. Make a wrapped loop above the 4mm bead. [111 Cut a 12-in. <30cm) length of thread and, working with it doubled, string enough X" seed bends to make a ring around both strands at the center of the necklace. [12] Pass the needle through the wrapped loop of the duster unit and tie the beads into a ring with a square knot i photo i and Basics). Sew through rhe ring of beads again, tie a tew half-hitch knots (Basics) between beads, and trim rhe threads.

[1] hollow steps 5 8 for the black necklace.

[2] (.ut a i-in. piece ol 22-gauge wire and make a plain loop t Basics) ar one end.

[3] String an 8 12mm bead and make a plain loop on the same plane as rhe first (photo j).

[4] Open one of the loops and connect it to the end link of chain between the dangles, as you did for the necklace.

[5] Connect the remaining loop to the ear wire.

[6] Make a second earring to match the first, o

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Finished jewelry should end with a bang. The person who wears your work will appreciate your going that extra step to finish your pieces with beautiful findings.

Stringing patterns

[1] Gather tin- strands and slide the following to the center: 5mm crystal. ■4mm spacer, an opal, a saucer head, an opal, ilie pendant, an opal, a saucer bead, an opal, 4mm spacer, and 5mm crystal (photo a). Starting from either 5mm crystal, string one side of the necklace at a time.

[2] On strand I, string ten blue I I's then the following pattern: 3mm spacer, 8", 3mm spacer, ten blue I Ts. 4mm spacer, cat's eye, silver saucer, cat's eye. 4mm spacer, and ten blue lis (photo b). Repeal three tunes then string a 3mm spacer, S", 5mm spacer, and fifteen blue I lvs.

[3] On strand 2 string the following pattern: 15 blue I I's, car's eye, 4mm spacer, an opal, 4mm spacer, cat's eye. 15 blue I l"s, 3mm spacer, S", 3nun spacer (photo c). Repeat three times, then string live blue I l"s.

[4] Strand 3 is identical to strand 2.

[5] On strand 4 string three 3-cut seeds, a >mm spacer, 4mm crystal, 3mm spacer, and 15 > cur seeds. I hen string the following pattern: 3mm spacer, Sv, 3mm spacer, 15 3-cut seeds, 3mm spacer, 4mm crystal. 3mm spacer. 15 3-cut seeds (photo d). Repeat twice, then string a 3mm spacer, N . 3mm spacer, and 25 3-cut seeds.

[6] Strand 5 is identical to strand 4.

Add or remove seed beads to make the strands even.

[7] String the other side of the necklace to mirror the first.


[1] Hold the necklace up and adjust as necessary so both sides are even. By playing with the bead counts at tin- ends, you can stagger the opals and other elements exiting the cone (photo e).

[2] (tarher the ends from one side of the necklace. String at least two strands through a crimp bead, the wrapped loop, and back through the crimp bead. I siring all five strands through one (photo f), but multiple crimp beads may lx- preferable ami won't be visible inside the cones. Because the strands tend to slip here, I like to hold the necklace up and pull each wire through with a pair of pliers before l crimp. Pull the strands tight, crimp the crimp bead(s), and trim the t.iiK.

[3] Slide a cone over each silver wire and pull the strands all the way in (photo g).

[4] Start a wrapped loop and attach one end of a toggle clasp (photo h). 1 inish the l<kip and trim the end of the wire.

[5] Repeat step 4 with the other end of the toggle clasp. o

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Setting it up

[1] (-lit two 3-in. (7.6cm) lengths of 22-gauge sterling silver wire. (Your wires should be 2 in./5ciu longer than your cones to leave sufficient room for wrapped loops.)

[2] Make a wrapped loop at one end of each wire (Basics, p. I0|.

[3] lliis necklace is 19 in. (48cm) long without the clasp, (ait five 22-in. (56cm) lengths of flexible beading wire. II you find it's easier to pull the wires through the crimps when you've got lots left over, allow for those extra inches now.


When stringing into cones, adjust your bead counts so you don't waste spacers or expensive beads by hiding them.

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