Hbmiorite Symphony

Judi Mullins

Materials

35 bicone 4mm green vitral Swarovski crystals 5 bicone 6mm green vitral Swarovski crystals 4 labradorite 4mm round beads 90 labradorite 5mm rondelles 7 labradorite 12mm tear drops 4 labradorite 12mm cylinder beads

1 labradorite 52mm bezelled pendant with ball 86 green/gray 7mm freshwater pearls

42 round 3mm silver beads 4 round 4mm silver beads 62 Bali silver 3mm heshi

2 Bali silver studded 5mm beads 2 Ball silver 5mm rings

2 Ball silver 6mm rondelles 4 bicone Ball silver wireworked 6mm beads 2 bicone 9mm Ball silver beads 2 two-holed spacer bars

7 silver 4mm split rings 4 silver bead caps

8 silver crimp beads 2 silver lobster clasps

3' of 20-gauge silver wire

33" of Soft Flex .019" beading wire

Notions Wire cutter Round-nose pliers Hemostats or clamps Crimping pliers

Oohs and aahs are what you'll get when this pair of necklaces hangs around your neck.

Step 1: Make the dangles by first stringing the beads on the silver wire, creating a hangman's noose loop, snugging the beads close to the loop, and making a hangman's noose loop on the other side of the beads. Attach a split ring to the top loop. Follow below for stringing instructions.

Teardrop, 3mm silver.

Teardrop, heishi, 3mm crystal.

Bead cap, teardrop, heishi, 3mm silver, heishi, 3mm crystal.

Bead cap, teardrop, bead cap, 3mm silver, 6mm crystal, 3mm silver, 3mm crystal, 3mm silver.

Step 2; Cut 15" of Soft Flex. Cut another length 18". String the beads as listed beginning with the shorter length of wire. Use hemostats or clamps to hold the wire at one end so the beads don't slide off. When finished stringing, adjust the fit by adding or removing beads at each end. The necklace should lay flat and follow the curve of your neck nicely. The smaller strand should be choker-length on your neck.

Double necklace, short strand: One 3mm crystal, *1 pearl, 1 lab rondelle, 1 heishi, 1 lab rodelie. Repeat from * twice. One pearl, one side of the spacer bar, *one 3mm crystal, 1 pearl, 1 lab rondelle, 1 heishi, 1 lab rondelle, 1 pearl, 1 lab rondelle, 1 heishi, 1 lab rondelle, 1 pearl, 1 lab rondelle, 1 heishi, 1 lab rondelle, 1 pearl. Repeat from * four times. One 3mm crystal, one side of the spacer bar, *1 pearl, 1 lab rondelle, 1 heishi, 1 lab rondelle. Repeat from * twice. One pearl, one 3mm crystal.

Double necklace, long strand: 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm silver, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, 2 lab rondelles, the other side of the spacer bar, *one 3mm silver, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver round, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, and 2 lab rondelles. Repeat from * once. String one 3mm silver, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #1, one 3mm silver. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #2, one 3mm silver. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #3, one 3mm silver. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #4, one 3mm silver. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #5, one 3mm silver. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #6, one 3mm silver. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, Dangle #7, one 3mm silver. *1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver,

2 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm silver. Repeat from * one time. 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, the other side of the spacer bar, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm silver, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm silver, 2 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, and 2 lab rondelles.

Single necklace: One 3mm crystal, 1 lab round, 4 lab rondelles, one 3mm silver, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm crystal, 1 lab round, one 3mm silver, 1 Bali studded, one 3mm round, one 3mm crystal, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 4mm silver, 1 silver ring, one 4mm silver, one 3mm crystal, 1 lab cylinder, one 3mm crystal, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 3mm crystal, 1 silver ron-delle, one 3mm crystal, 3 lab rondelles, one 3mm crystal, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, 1 silver wireworked, 1 lab cylinder, 1 silver wireworked, one 6mm crystal, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, 1 heishi, 1 pearl, one 6mm crystal, 1 silver bicone, and one 3mm silver. String the pendant and work the other side of the necklace in reverse order.

Step 3: Adjust for fit by adding or subtracting beads at the beginning of each necklace. Take the short and long wire ends at one side of the necklace and string two crimp beads. Pass through one side of the clasp and back through the crimp beads leaving a 1 Vi tail. Snug the crimp beads close to the clasp, but not so close as to make the necklace stiff. Squeeze the beads tight with the crimping pliers.

Judi Mullins has been doing beadwork off and on for most of her adult life. She has been published in several magazines and has taught around the Northwest area. She is now teaching classes and doing beadwork designs out of her home in Tigard, Oregon. You can contact her at [email protected].

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