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Abacus Plume Necklace

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Abacus Plume Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

We made this necklace as a birthday gift for Rebecca, one of our designers. It was inspired by one of Rebecca's favorites, the porcelain peacock feather, with its vivid blues, greens and purples. We added crystals, cubic zirconia and Czech glass and framed it with a beaded wire structure. The necklace is confident, feminine and vibrant just like Rebecca.

Note: The assembly starts at the bottom left hand corner of the pendant.

For the frame of the pendant we used a random mix of the following Toho beads: 8/0 deep plum-lined aqua, 8/0 matte Ceylon dark blue AB and 8/0 marbled lavender rose. To simplify the instructions, we refer to them as "mixed Tohos"

Step one: Cut five 2½ inch pieces of sterling silver 20 gauge half hard round wire and make a small simple loop on one end of each of them. Set them aside.

Step two: Cut five 1½ inch pieces or sterling silver wire and make a small simple loop on one end of each of them. Set them aside.

Step three: On a sterling silver 3-inch head pin (1) thread an 11/0 marbled hematite AB Toho, an olivine with white core roundelle and another hematite AB Toho. Thread on a wire from step one (A), twenty-five more mixed Tohos, another wire from step one (B) and three more mixed Tohos. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step four: On wire A thread two mixed Tohos, a wire from step one (C), two mixed Tohos, another wire from step one (D), seven mixed Tohos, another wire from step one (E) and seven mixed Tohos. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step five: On wire C thread two 11/0 white lined peridot lustered Tohos, a SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 4mm dark sapphire bicone, peridot Toho, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 4mm lime bicone, the 6x8mm dark purple cz round column, two 11/0 marbled hematite AB Tohos, an olivine roundelle, hematite AB Toho, a 5x3.5mm blue ocean mix roundelle, peridot Toho, lime bicone, peridot Toho, the 6mm dark sapphire bicone and two peridot Tohos. Add two mixed Tohos to wire B and then make a small simple loop on the end of wire C and wrap it around wire B.

Step six: On wire D thread 23 mixed Tohos. To wire B add a wire from step 2 (F) and two mixed Tohos. Make a small simple loop on the end of wire D and wrap it around wire B.

Step seven: On wire E thread an 11/0 hematite AB Toho, lime bicone, olivine roundelle, the porcelain blue peacock feather disc, hematite AB Toho, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5.5mm violet simplicity and the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 4mm faceted olivine bicone. To wire B add a wire from step 2 (G), three mixed Tohos, another wire from step 2 (H), three more mixed Tohos, and another wire from step 2 (I). Make a small simple loop on the end of wire E and wrap it around wire B.

Step eight: On wire B add three mixed Tohos, a wire from step 2 (J) and three more mixed Tohos. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step nine: On the other head pin (2) thread an 11/0 hematite AB Toho, ocean roundelle, and an 11/0 peridot Toho. Thread the head pin through the loop on wire A. Add 22 mixed Tohos. Thread the head pin through the loop on wire B. Add 7 mixed Tohos. Make sure the beaded length of this head pin is the same as the first head pin, adjust number of beads if necessary. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step ten: On wire F thread an ocean roundelle and an 11/0 peridot Toho. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step eleven: On wire G thread an 11/0 hematite Toho, olivine roundelle and a hematite Toho. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step twelve: On wire H thread an 11/0 peridot Toho, 4mm dark sapphire bicone and the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 4mm peridot roundelle. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step thirteen: On wire I thread an 11/0 hematite AB Toho, ocean roundelle and lime bicone. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step fourteen: On wire J thread an 11/0 peridot Toho, the 7mm dark purple cz coin, and two more peridot Tohos. Finish with a small simple loop.

Step fifteen: Cut a three inch piece of wire and make a medium sized simple loop on one end. Bend the loop at a 90 degree angle. Thread the wire through the loop on the first head pin. Add two mixed Tohos, thread through wire F, three more Tohos, wire G, three Tohos, wire H, three Tohos, wire I, three Tohos, wire J, three Tohos and finally through the second head pin. Finish with a loop and bend it at a 90 degree angle to match the first loop.

Step sixteen: Cut a 3-inch piece of sterling silver rolo chain. Cut a 3 inch piece of wire. Attach it to the chain with a wrapped loop. Thread an 8/0 marbled lavender rose Toho bead, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5.5mm khaki simplicity, 7x9mm dark purple cz oval, lime bicone and matte Ceylon Toho onto the wire. Finish the wire by attaching it to the 6-inch piece of chain with a wrapped loop. Use a sterling silver open jump ring to attach one half of the sterling silver small diamond toggle clasp to the 6-inch section of chain.

Step seventeen: Repeat step 16, this time use an 8/0 matte Ceylon Toho, violet simplicity, 8mm olivine cz square cushion, ocean roundelle and another matte Ceylon Toho on the wire.

Step eighteen: Attach the chains to the loops on the pendant.
Approximate size: 22 inches, pendent measures 1¾ x 2¾ inches
Estimated time: An afternoon
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Tools Used:
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
Sterling silver 20 gauge half-hard wire (SSWR20HH1)
List of Components:
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5040 4mm faceted roundelle peridot (5040-PER4, qty 1)
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 4mm faceted bicone lime (5328-LIME4, qty 5)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Olivine (5328-OL4, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Dark Sapphire (5328-SAPDK4, qty 2)
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 6mm faceted bicone dark indigo (5328-DKI6, qty 1)
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5310 5.5mm simplicity khaki (5310-KHAK5, qty 1)
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5310 5.5mm simplicity violet (5310-VIOLT5, qty 2)
110 Sterling silver rollo chain (925CH19, qty 2)
5x4mm olivine/white core roundelle strand (CR-RL153, qty 1)
5x3.5mm blue ocean mix roundelle strand (CR-RL178, qty 1)
7mm dark purple cz coin (CZ-DKP-CN7, qty 1)
7x9mm dark purple cz oval (CZ-DKP-OV9, qty 1)
6x8mm dark purple cz round column (CZ-DKP-TB8, qty 1)
8mm olivine cz square cushion (CZ-OLV-SQ8, qty 1)
Sterling silver small diamond toggle loop (ISCL-0067, qty 1)
24mm porcelain disk blue peacock feather (PB-24DK58, qty 1)
3-inch head pin 20 gauge (sterling silver) (SS-HP03, qty 2)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.90 x 4.60mm) (SS-OJR35-C, qty 2)
Toho bead round 11/0 white lined peridot lustered (TBRD11-1046, qty 1)
Toho bead round 8/0 marbled lavender rose (TBRD8-1204, qty 1)
Toho bead round 8/0 matte Ceylon dark blue AB (TBRD8-2015, qty 1)
Toho bead round 8/0 deep plum-lined aqua (TBRD8-294, qty 1)
Toho bead round 11/0 marbled hematite AB (TBRD11-Y541, qty 1)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5040 4mm Briolette Bead Peridot
Swarovski 5040 4mm Briolette Bead Peridot
Code: 5040-PER4
Length 2.5-3mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.22$0.20$0.18
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Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Lime
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Lime
Code: 5328-LIME4
Length 4mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.09$0.08$0.07
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Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Olivine
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Olivine
Code: 5328-OL4
Length 4mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14 $0.12$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
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5328 4mm XILION Bicone Dark Sapphire
5328 4mm XILION Bicone Dark Sapphire
Code: 5328-SAPDK4
Length 4mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.09$0.08$0.07
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Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Dark Indigo
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Dark Indigo
Code: 5328-DKI6
Diameter 6mm, Length 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.27 $0.24$0.24 $0.21$0.22 $0.19
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Swarovski 5310 5.5mm Simplicity Khaki
Swarovski 5310 5.5mm Simplicity Khaki
Code: 5310-KHAK5
Length 5mm, Diameter 5.5mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.26$0.23$0.21
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Swarovski 5310 5.5mm Simplicity Violet
Swarovski 5310 5.5mm Simplicity Violet
Code: 5310-VIOLT5
Length 5mm, Diameter 5.5mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.26$0.23$0.21
Qty>
110 Rollo Chain
110 Rollo Chain
Code: 925CH19
Link 3.5mm, 17 gauge 
1-23-56+
$24.99 $22.49$22.99 $20.69$20.99 $18.89
Qty>
5x4mm Olivine/White Core Roundel Bead Strand
5x4mm Olivine/White Core Roundel Bead Strand
Code: CR-RL153
4.5 inch strand, Length 4mm, Width 5mm 
1-56-1112+
$3.50 $2.55$3.20 $2.33$2.90 $2.11
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5x4mm Blue Ocean Mix Roundel Bead Strand
5x4mm Blue Ocean Mix Roundel Bead Strand
Code: CR-RL178
4 inch strand, Length 3mm, Width 5mm 
1-56-1112+
$3.50 $2.55$3.20 $2.33$2.90 $2.11
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7mm Dark Purple CZ Coin
7mm Dark Purple CZ Coin
Code: CZ-DKP-CN7
Length 7mm, Width 7mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.51 $1.19$1.37 $1.08$1.23 $0.97
Qty>
7x9mm Dark Purple CZ Oval
7x9mm Dark Purple CZ Oval
Code: CZ-DKP-OV9
Length 9mm, Width 7mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.98$0.88$0.78
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6x8mm Dark Purple CZ Round Column
6x8mm Dark Purple CZ Round Column
Code: CZ-DKP-TB8
Length 8mm, Width 6mm 
1-1920-3940+
$1.14$1.04$0.92
Qty>
8mm Olivine CZ Square Cushion
8mm Olivine CZ Square Cushion
Code: CZ-OLV-SQ8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.98$0.88$0.80
Qty>
JBB Sterling Silver Small Diamond Toggle Clasp
JBB Sterling Silver Small Diamond Toggle Clasp
Code: ISCL-0067
Loop 9.5mm, Bar 16.5mm 
1-56-1112+
$3.14 $2.82$2.78 $2.50$2.48 $2.23
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24mm Porcelain Disk Blue Peacock Feather
24mm Porcelain Disk Blue Peacock Feather
Code: PB-24DK58
Length 24mm, Width 24mm 
Sale Price: $7.20
Price: $8.79
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3-inch Head Pin, 20 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
3-inch Head Pin, 20 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-HP03
Length 3 inches, 20 Gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$1.07 $0.96$0.97 $0.87$0.87 $0.78
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Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .180 inches (0.90 x 4.60mm)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .180 inches (0.90 x 4.60mm)
Code: SS-OJR35-C
Diameter 4.6mm, 19 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.32 $0.28$0.29 $0.26$0.26 $0.23
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Color-Lined Peridot Lustered
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Color-Lined Peridot Lustered
Code: TBRD11-1046
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-1415-2930+
$1.29 $0.87$1.19 $0.80$1.09 $0.74
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TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Marbled Lavender Rose
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Marbled Lavender Rose
Code: TBRD8-1204
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.59 $2.14$2.39 $1.98$2.19 $1.81
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TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Deep Plum-Lined Aqua
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Deep Plum-Lined Aqua
Code: TBRD8-294
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1415-2930+
$1.29 $0.96$1.19 $0.89$1.09 $0.81
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TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Marbled Hematite AB
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Marbled Hematite AB
Code: TBRD11-Y541
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$3.79$3.49$3.19
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Purchase Tools & Supplies

Chain Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.38
Price: $7.09
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Round Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.38
Price: $7.09
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Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $9.89
Price: $10.99
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Sterling Silver Wire Round 20 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (19ft)
Sterling Silver Wire Round 20 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (19ft)
Code: SSWR20HH1
20 Gauge, 19 Feet (Approx) 
Sale Price: $34.91
Price: $38.80
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