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Celtic Spring Necklace

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Celtic Spring Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

This lovely multi-strand necklace boasts gleaming seed beads and sparkling Swarovski rounds in fresh spring colors paired with rich layers of leather and beautiful swirling designs in tube beads and TierraCast spacers. A Seed Bead Blend and Swarovski Blend from the Artbeads Designer Series help make this spring dream come true.

Step one:
Cut three lengths of 1.5mm natural red brown round leather about 17 3/4 inches long each. Slide the ends of the leather into a JBB 3mm antique sterling silver crimp end cap with loop and crimp the middle of the cap closed around the strands of leather. For help with end caps, see our tutorial.

Step two:
Slide a TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter spiral EuroBead onto all three strands of leather, followed by three TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter medium love knot spacers, an antique silver-plated pewter star and swirl design curved tube bead, three love knot spacers, and a spiral EuroBead. Finish the other ends of the leather strands with another JBB end cap.

Step three:
Attach each end of the leather strands to half of the Hill Tribe silver teardrop toggle clasp using a 6mm antique silver-plated 18 gauge open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our video tutorial.

Step four:
Cut five lengths of jewelry wire approximately 15 inches long each. Slide a sterling silver 3x3mm crimp tube onto the ends of all five strands, then loop the ends around the eye of a 1 1/2-inch 22 gauge sterling silver eye pin and back through the crimp tube. Flatten and pinch the crimp tube shut using chain nose pliers.

Step five:
Add a random pattern of seed beads from the Artbeads Green Pastel Designer Blend, faceted rounds from the Swarovski 4mm Round Verdant Sunshine Designer Blend, and Miyuki 11/0 round seed beads in opaque metallic bronze. Cynthia followed this general pattern for each strand:
  • 6-14 Green Pastel seed beads
  • a Miyuki round, a faceted round, and another Miyuki round
  • 12-18 Green Pastel seed beads
  • a Miyuki round, a faceted round, and a Miyuki round
  • 13-21 Green Pastel seed beads
  • A Miyuki round, a faceted round, and another Miyuki round


Step six:
Slide a few Miyuki rounds onto some of the strands. These will be hidden by the Swarovski 14mm BeCharmed Pearl in Crystal Iridescent Green, so play with this number until you get the right fit with the BeCharmed bead.

Step seven:
Add Miyuki rounds onto all of the strands. These will fit inside the antique silver-plated pewter arch shaped scroll design tube bead, so add enough to match the length of the tube bead. If it's helpful, slide the tube bead on first, then string the Miyuki rounds onto the strands and into the tube bead. Make a mirror image of the bead pattern on the other side of the tube bead.

Step eight:
Slide a 3mm crimp tube onto the ends of the jewelry wire strands, loop the strands around an eye pin and back through the crimp tube and flatten the crimp tube with chain nose pliers.

Step nine:
Slide a JBB antique silver-plated brass basket weave cone onto the eye pin at one end of your beaded strands, followed by a Miyuki round, a faceted round, and a Miyuki round. Make a wrapped loop at the top of the beads. Repeat on the other end of the beaded strands.

Step ten:
Cut a six-inch piece of 6.8mm antique silver-plated brass double-link cable chain and attach it to one end of the beaded strands using a 6mm jump ring. Attach the other end of the chain to the clasp attached to one end of the leather strands. Repeat this step on the other side of the beaded strands.
Approximate Size: 24 Inches
Estimated Time: 3 Hours
Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019)
Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-125)
List of Components:
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Star and Swirl Design Curved Tube Bead (BEAD-4202, qty 1)
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Arch Shaped Scroll Design Tube Bead (BEAD-4187, qty 1)
Swarovski 5890 14mm BeCharmed Pearl Crystal Iridescent Green (5890-CIG14, qty 2)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Verdant Sunshine Designer Blend (ADB0350, qty 1)
Artbeads Green Pastel Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0258, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Spiral EuroBead (SA-5757, qty 2)
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Medium Love Knot Spacer (SA-5769, qty 6)
JBB Antique Silver-Plated Brass Basket Weave Cone (FIND-0581, qty 2)
Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Opaque Metallic Bronze 22g Vial (MR11-0457, qty 1)
6.8mm Antique Silver-Plated Brass Double-Link Cable Chain (BTF-0304, qty 2)
1.5mm Natural Red Brown Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0232, qty 5)
Hill Tribe Silver Teardrop Toggle Clasp (HTS102, qty 1)
JBB 3mm Antique Sterling Silver Crimp End Cap with Loop (SSA-ENDCAP04, qty 2)
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge (FIND-0468, qty 6)
1 1/2-inch Eye Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-EP23, qty 2)
Sterling Silver 3 x 3mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM5, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5890 14mm BeCharmed Crystal Pearlescent White Pearl Steel (5890-PWH14)
Swarovski 4mm Crystal Mix Icicle Designer Blend (ADB0447)
Artbeads Monet's Garden Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0093)
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Free-Form Design Curved Tube Bead (BEAD-4203)
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Interlocking Design Curved Tube Bead (BEAD-4204)
1.5mm Natural Black Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0231)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Star and Swirl Design Curved Tube Bead
Code: BEAD-4202
Length 39.5mm, Width 7.5mm, Hole Size 5.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.44 $1.29$1.35 $1.21$1.26 $1.13
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Arch Shaped Scroll Design Tube Bead
Code: BEAD-4187
Length 51.5mm, Width 8.5mm, Hole Size 5.5mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.67 $1.33$1.57 $1.25$1.47 $1.17
Qty>
Swarovski 5890 14mm BeCharmed Pearl Crystal Iridescent Green
Code: 5890-CIG14
Length 9mm, Width 14mm, Hole Size 4.5mm 
1-23-56+
$8.23 $6.74$7.82 $6.41$7.42 $6.08
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Verdant Sunshine Designer Blend
Code: ADB0350
Sale Price: $33.14
Price: $38.99
Qty>
Artbeads Green Pastel Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0258
Sale Price: $4.14
Price: $4.99
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Spiral EuroBead
Code: SA-5757
Length 6.5mm, Diameter 11mm, Hole Size 4mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.66 $1.42$1.56 $1.34$1.47 $1.26
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Medium Love Knot Spacer EuroBead
Code: SA-5769
Length 2.5mm, Diameter 10mm, Hole Size 4.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.00 $0.88$0.94 $0.82$0.88 $0.77
Qty>
JBB Antique Silver-Plated Brass Basket Weave Cone
Code: FIND-0581
Length 12mm, Diameter 10-10.5mm, Hole Size 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-78-1516+
$2.00 $1.60$1.88 $1.50$1.77 $1.41
Qty>
Miyuki 11/0 Round Seed Beads - Opaque Metallic Bronze 22g Vial
Code: MR11-0457
Volume Approx. 22 gram 
Sale Price: $6.22
Price: $6.92
Qty>
6.8mm Antique Silver-Plated Brass Double-Link Cable Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0304
Link 7mm, Hole Size 5mm 
1-34-78+
$5.52 $4.41$5.22 $4.17$4.94 $3.95
Qty>
Leather Cord USA 1.5mm Natural Red Brown Round Leather - By the Foot
Code: BTF-0232
Diameter 1.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$0.37 $0.32$0.34 $0.30$0.32 $0.28
Qty>
Hill Tribe Silver Teardrop Toggle Clasp
Code: HTS102
Approx. Loop 18x13mm, Bar 23mm 
Sale Price: $7.21
Price: $8.69
Qty>
JBB 3mm Antique Sterling Silver Crimp End Cap with Loop
Code: SSA-ENDCAP04
Length 10mm, Width 5mm 
1-78-1516+
$2.10 $1.65$1.98 $1.56$1.86 $1.46
Qty>
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge
Code: FIND-0468
Diameter 6mm, Opening Diameter 4mm, Wire Gauge 1mm/18 gauge 
Sale Price: $0.04
Price: $0.05
Qty>
1 1/2-inch Eye Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-EP23
Length 1.5 inches, 22 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.39 $0.33$0.34 $0.28$0.29 $0.24
Qty>
Sterling Silver 3 x 3mm Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM5
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.38 $0.31$0.35 $0.28$0.33 $0.27
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5890 14mm BeCharmed Crystal Pearlescent White Pearl Steel
Code: 5890-PWH14
Length 9mm, Width 14mm, Hole Size 4.5mm 
1-23-56+
$7.72 $6.48$7.33 $6.15$6.96 $5.84
Qty>
Swarovski 4mm Crystal Mix Icicle Designer Blend
Code: ADB0447
Sale Price: $10.34
Price: $14.99
Qty>
Artbeads Monet's Garden Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0093
Sale Price: $3.99
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Free-Form Design Curved Tube Bead
Code: BEAD-4203
Length 41mm, Width 9mm, Hole Size 6.5mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.90 $1.69$1.78 $1.58$1.67 $1.48
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Interlocking Design Curved Tube Bead
Code: BEAD-4204
Length 50mm, Width 9mm, Hole Size 6.5mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.90 $1.69$1.78 $1.58$1.67 $1.48
Qty>
Leather Cord USA 1.5mm Natural Black Round Leather - By the Foot
Code: BTF-0231
Diameter 1.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$0.37 $0.33$0.34 $0.30$0.32 $0.28
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
Code: ZP49-30F-019
Diameter .019 inches, Length 30 feet 
Sale Price: $11.69
Price: $12.99
Qty>
Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-125
6 inches 
Sale Price: $7.19
Price: $7.99
Qty>



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