Look! You do not have to use fancy equipment to measure and cut it! After figuring out the length of the links I was going to use, I simply had to measure with a ruler and snip it with wire cutters. Easy peasy.
Now, I have mentioned my battle with crimp tubes before and this time was no exception. I had two different sizes at home and neither of them worked for the type of beading wire I used! So once again, it was out to the craft store… and none of the major stores in my area had the size I needed. Luckily, I found this great little beading shop close by and they had what I needed.
The wire I used is a monofilament illusion cord, size 0.25 mm, so I used a 1×1 mm crimp tube. Imagine tiny silver flecks on a white surface. Lucky I didn’t lose any!
Also I thought my crimp pliers were of the micro variety, but apparently not. I had a heck of a time getting those tiny tubes crimped to the point the cord stayed put. I even made a tiny mistake later on in the design. Not that you can really tell, of course.
I did mention the whole newbie thing, right? Another lesson learned!
I knew I was going to enjoy beading, so I went ahead and invested in this design board. It was pretty cheap and I cannot even tell you how helpful it was to have it all laid out beforehand!
Once I had the cords attached to either side of my first chunk of chain (this piece of chain totaled 2 inches), I was almost ready to start beading. If using a pendant, like the sterling silver butterfly shell I used, and you are not using a jump ring to secure it, you will want to slip it onto the chain before beading.
These are not your run-of-the-mill beads. They are pearls! All my research pointed to pearls needing a thin strand, which is why I used the 0.25 mm cord. Bigger cords or wires will not necessarily fit through a pearl. Something to keep in mind.
Just like threading a needle… I’m guessing. I do not know how to sew!
Pictured above: mother of pearl, oval rice bead, 5×8 mm. Pictured below: freshwater pearls, side drill, gold, 8 mm.
Here is my pattern: three oval, one pearl, with ovals beginning and ending the pattern. I ended each side of the necklace with a 1 inch length of chain, a loop created to attach the cord to the chain with a 1×1 mm crimp tube.
I had originally planned on using the sterling silver butterfly clasp for the necklace, but with the amount of beads I had leftover, I figured I could make a matching bracelet, using the clasp as the tie-in.
So instead, I used this toggle clasp I had leftover from another project. They are so easy to use – you just slip the bar into the ring and lay it out. To attach it to the chains, I used a 4 mm jump ring.
Ta-da! Achievement Unlocked: Created Necklace.
In creating the matching bracelet, I used the same pattern and techniques as the necklace, but used the butterfly toggle instead.
I mentioned a mistake before and it was on the bracelet. When closing a crimp tube on one side of the clasp, I managed to squeeze the ring it was next to as well. It doesn’t affect the work as a whole, but I wanted to mention it.
Done and done. I hope you like it as much as I do…
…because I am giving away the set to one lucky winner!
Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada only.