Magical Medley Necklace Instructions Designed by Kristal Wick
Dakota Stones gemstone beads are colorful options for your designs. Kristal created this necklace design to show you how easy it is to play with colors when creating jewelry around a gemstone focal. She chose beads from the Artbeads Designer Series in neutral colors that make the gemstone colors really pop. This necklace is featured in this segment of the popular television program Beads, Baubles and Jewels. You can see even more of it in our Artbeads Cafe episode. Discover more color palettes for this design in the Magical Medley Variations.
Step one: Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 22 inches long. String a 14K/20 gold-filled 2x2mm crimp tube to the strand. Bring the end of the strand back through the crimp tube so it forms a small loop. Crimp in place. Add seed beads from the Artbeads Under the Boardwalk Designer Blend to approximately 18 inches of the strand. String on a crimp tube, bring the wire back through the tube and a few beads and crimp in place. Trim any excess wire.
Step two: Cut a length of jewelry wire the same length as the first piece. Add a crimp tube, form a small loop and crimp in place. Add about eight seed beads to the strand, followed by a pearl from the Swarovski 4mm Crystal Pearl Metallic Magic Designer Blend. Then, add a TierraCast brass oxide pewter 3mm faceted heishi spacer bead and three pearls. Repeat this pattern until your strand is nearly as long as the first strand. Then add a pearl and eight seed beads to the strand. Add a crimp tube, form a small loop and crimp in place. Trim any excess wire.
Step three: Cut a length of jewelry wire the same length as the first two pieces. Add a crimp tube, form a small loop and crimp in place. Add about eight seed beads to the strand. Then, add five bicones from the Swarovski 4mm Bicone Hot Cocoa Designer Blend and a TierraCast brass oxide pewter medium cube spacer EuroBead. Repeat this pattern until your strand is nearly as long as the first two. Then add about eight seed beads to the strand. Add a crimp tube, form a small loop and crimp in place. Trim any excess wire.
Step four: Add the ends of all three strands to the loop of a 2-inch antique brass-plated 20 gauge eye pin. Use chain nose pliers to close the loop. Add a TierraCast brass oxide pewter tall radiant cone to the eye pin, followed by a cube EuroBead and a bicone. Make a wrapped loop at the top of the bead. Add a TierraCast brass oxide pewter twisted hook clasp to the wrapped loop using a TierraCast medium oval brass oxide pewter open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Repeat this step on the other end of the strands.
Step five: String a Dakota Stones 30x40mm mixed impression jasper rectangle bead onto a 2-inch antique brass-plated 2mm 20 gauge ball end head pin. Make a simple loop at the top of the bead. Place the TierraCast brass oxide pewter spiral pinch bail over the three strands of your necklace. Pinch the ends of the bail closed around the simple loop on your focal. If you need to, use chain nose pliers to pinch the bail closed.