Thursday, October 30, 2008

{DIY: N is for Necklace}


This delicate necklace is the perfect thing for a bride who wants a classic design with a modern twist. Modify it with your bridal colors for the bridesmaids to wear!

  • 24x12mm Swarovski faceted teardrop pendant crystal AB (6100-CAB24, qty 1)
  • 9x6mm Swarovski indicolite teardrop (5500-IND9X6, qty 4)
  • 11x10mm Swarovski flat briolette crystal AB (6012-CRYSAB11, qty 2)
  • 4mm sterling round multi V-cut bead (SS-RND4-MVC, qty 20)
  • Toho bead round 8/0 frosted trans-rainbow soft gray (TBRD8-176AF, qty 1 pack)
  • Sterling granulated diamond curb chain (925CH104, qty 2 feet)
  • Sterling silver elegant hook and eye clasp (ISCL-0041, qty 1)
  • 1 1/2-inch sterling silver head pin 24 gauge (SS-HP4X, qty 4)
  • Sterling silver open jump ring (SS-OJR30-H, qty 1)
  • Sterling silver open jump ring (SS-OJR30-D, qty 4)
  • Sterling wire round 22 gauge half hard (SSWR22HH1)
  • Beadalon 19 strand .018 jewelry wire (B19-30F-018)
{Supplies can be purchased at}
Tools used:
  • Nipper tool (TOOL-101)
  • Crimper tool (TOOL-100)
  • Side cutter, semi-flush (TOOL-131)
  • Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
  • Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Step one: Cut approximately 19 inches of Beadalon .018 jewelry wire. Using a 2x2mm crimp tube, crimp it to an open jump ring and cover with a crimp cover. For instructions on how to use crimp tubes and covers, please visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.

Step two: String approximately 5 ¼ inches of Toho round 8/0 transparent rainbow light grey beads. Add a sterling silver multi-V cut bead, and then alternate between one Toho and one V-cut bead until you have 20 V-cut beads. Follow with 5 ¼ more inches of the Tohos, and crimp the remainder of the wire to another open jump ring. Cover the tube with a crimp cover then attach one jump ring to each side of the clasp.

Step three: Cut a length of sterling silver granulated diamond curb chain to approximately 20 inches. Center the chain in a Chain Sta. Find the center of the chain and using a large open jump ring, attach the Swarovski faceted teardrop pendant to the center link. Move past the first diamonds in the chain and skip the next segment of links, in the center of the second segment on each side attach a Swarovski indicolite teardrop bead on a head pin and finish with a simple loop. For instructions on how to make a simple loop, please visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.

Step four: Move out two more segments on each side, and add Swarovski flat briolette pendants using wrapped loop bails. There are also instructions for this technique in the Learning Center. Move out two segments again and center two more indicolite teardrops.

Step five: Attach the chain to the clasp alongside the beaded strand using sterling silver open jump rings.

Approximate length: Short strand: 16 ½ inches, Long strand: 21 inches
Approximate cost: Under $55.00
Estimated time: Under two hours

Don't want to DIY?  Check out these great custom jewelry sites:
Kai Creations {Glamour This! Blog}

Article found on - supplies can be purchased there as well


Dave Robertson said...
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Patrick Anderson said...

These pieces of handmade jewelry are great for my wife while men’s tungsten wedding bands are good for me!

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