This week, Mary’s project is to make a two-strand rose quartz collar with a pendant:
MAGNIFICENT TWO-STRAND ROSE QUARTZ COLLAR WITH PENDANT DROP:
12 large faceted rose quartz nugget beads, graduated in size from ¾” to 1¼ inch
1 extra-large faceted rose quartz nugget bead, preferably in a different shape than the 12 other beads
1 2-inch x ½-inch x 5/8ths-inch handcrafted silver dichroic glass 2-hole spacer bar bead
52 4x5mm pale pink pressed glass flower cone beads with AB finish
24 3mm silver flat flower beads
2 6mm faceted Czech fire-polished beads with AB finish
2 6x4mm glass rondelle beads with silver centers
4 3mm round silver spacer beads
2 4mm silver rondelles
2 silver crimp beads
1 inch of sterling silver French wire
6 inches of 16-gauge sterling silver wire
12 inches of 20-gauge sterling silver wire
1 3-inch silver headpin
E6000 silicon craft cement
1 pair of round-nose pliers
1 pair of chain-nose pliers
1 large beading board or steady flat surface
Finished size: 19 inches
Tip: How always to grab your necklace the right way so you don’t accidentally put it on reversed? Just a little thing, but it can really get annoying! If you’re right-handed, always put the shepherd’s hook on the right-side end, with the figure-8 eye on the left-side end. Your dominant hand will hook your necklace around the back of your neck without your even having to think about it. If you’re a southpaw, make sure the shepherd’s hook is on the left-side end.
1: Prepare a breath-taking center bead-pendant combo for this magnificent choker! Cut a 3-inch length of the 20-gauge silver wire. With the round-nose pliers, make a closed loop at one end. Then, with the chain-nose pliers, crimp the rest of the wire in a zig-zag pattern. Flatten the crimped wire with the chain-nose pliers, and then glue the crimped wire to the back of the 2-hole dichroic spacer bar bead. Set aside to dry.
2: Lay out your necklace. Choose which rose quartz beads go in what graduated order, from larger to smaller, choosing 12 beads per strand, and lay them out in two parallel rows. The lower row should contain beads that are slightly larger than those on the upper row, making the lower row about an inch longer. You’ll have six beads per strand on each side of the center dichroic glass bead.
3: Cut two lengths of beading wire, 24-inches in length each. Lay one out on your bead board or flat work surface. When the 2-hole dichroic spacer bar bead is dry, thread one length of beading wire through the upper hole of the dichro bead. Make sure the wire loop sticking out from behind the dichro bead is facing down.
4: Begin stringing the first strand of rose quartz nugget beads. String one flower cone bead, facing outward, on each side of the dichro bead. Choosing the large rose quartz beads you laid out the upper row in Step 2, start building each side of the upper strand. Separate each rose quartz bead with a “combination spacer” of two outward-facing flower cone beads with a silver flat flower in between. When you’ve assembled both sides of the upper strand, add one additional “combination spacer”, and 1 small round silver spacer bead at each end. Secure with tape.
5: Begin stringing the second strand of the slightly larger rose quartz nugget beads from the remaining 12 beads you laid out in Step 2. Repeat the same sequence with graduated nugget beads and “combination spacer” beads as in Step 4. When you’ve reached the end, add one more “combination spacer”, a 6mm faceted Czech fire-polished bead, and 1 small round silver spacer bead at each end. Secure with tape.
6: Now, create the clasp – the “eye”! With the wire cutters, cut two lengths of silver wire – 2 inches and 3 inches. With the round-nose pliers, bend the 2-inch wire into a securely closed figure-8. Start by looping the wire about midway down one jaw of the pliers to encourage a smooth rounded base loop. Work the rest of the wire around the bottom, or largest part, of one jaw of the pliers, to make a larger loop. Make sure each end of the wire closes tightly into a figure-8.
7: Make the shepherd’s hook with the 3-inch wire. Start by looping one end of wire midway down one jaw of the round-nose pliers to make a base loop. Then work the rest of the wire as though you’re starting another figure-8, but don’t close the end. At the open end of the wire, bend it into a small, tight closing loop.
8: Close off the necklace. Cut a ½-inch length of French wire. Working on one side, remove the tape and thread the two strands together through 1 6mm glass rondelle, a 4mm silver rondelle, a silver crimp bead, and the French wire. Then – through the eye of the shepherd’s hook, and back out into the crimp bead and the glass rondelle again. Firmly crimp the crimp bead closed, using the chain-nose pliers. Glue where crimped with jeweler’s glue. Trim off the excess beading wire that protrudes out from underneath the glass rondelle. Carefully repeat on the other side, connecting the two open ends of beading wire with the figure-8 clasp loop. NOTE: While you’re finishing the opposite side, keep the necklace laying flat on your work surface as you gently pull both wires taut.
9: At last, prepare the large pendant drop for the center dichro bead! Thread the remaining extra-large faceted rose quartz bead onto the 3-inch headpin. With the round-nose pliers, begin a loop with the wire at the top. Before closing the loop, connect it to the closed loop at the bottom of the large dichro center bead. Then close off the wire loop at the top of the rose quartz bead and trim off the excess wire.
For large faceted rose quartz chunks – Ritual Adornments – 2708 Main St. – Santa Monica, CA 90405. Phone: (310) 452-4044. www.ritualadornments.com
For tools, spacer beads, crimp beads, silver wire, bead-stringing components, glue and bead-stringing tray – San Gabriel Bead Company – 325 East Live Oak – Arcadia, CA 91006. Phone: (626) 447-7753. www.beadcompany.com