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Chloe's Clamshell Necklace

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Chloe's Clamshell Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

This fun and inspiring necklace was made to be worn by Maggie's bridesmaid Chloe for her wedding. We loved it so much we thought it would make a great every day summertime design. For the complementary bracelet, click here. For earrings, click here.

Step one: Cut four lengths of sterling silver 040 round link chain to approximately 3½ inches each. Attach a jump ring to one end of each chain, loop it through two hammered silver rings and close the jump ring. Do this with two chains for each set of rings then set them aside.

Step two: String the Hill Tribe silver medium clam shell bead onto a sterling silver head pin. The holes on these beads can vary, if the hole is too large, string a small bead on the headpin before adding the clamshell bead. Finish with a wrapped loop. For instructions on how to make a wrapped loop, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center. Attach the loop to an open jump ring.

Step three: Cut two lengths of five inches and one of seven of the .019 Soft Flex jewelry wire. Crimp one of the five inch lengths to one side of the sterling silver question mark toggle. For instructions on how to crimp, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center. String six 10mm pink shell flat diamonds followed by one Hill Tribe small brushed disc. Crimp the end of the wire to one of the hammered rings that you have attached the chain to.

Step four: Pull the rings so that they are opposite one another and crimp the seven inch length of Soft Flex to the other ring. String a Hill Tribe silver brushed disc, followed by three 10mm pink shell flat diamonds, a faceted oval 8mm cherry quartz bead, a 6mm Swarovski faceted bicone in sun and another cherry quartz. At this point you will add the pendant and reverse the pattern. Crimp the other end of the wire to another of the hammered silver rings.

Step five: On the other side of the rings, crimp the remaining five inch piece of wire and string a brushed silver disc followed by six 10mm pink shell flat diamond beads. Crimp the end of the wire to the other end of your clasp.
Approximate size: 20 inches
Difficulty level: Beginner
Estimated time: Less than two hours

Tools Used:
Nipper tool (TOOL-101)
Crimper tool (TOOL-100)
Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters, semi-flush (TOOL-131)
Soft Flex .019 medium 30ft clear (silver satin) (SF19-30CL)
List of Components:
Hill Tribe medium clam shell bead (HTS155, qty 1)
Hill Tribe small brushed disc (HTS086, qty 4)
6mm Swarovski faceted bicone sun (5301-SUN6, qty 2)
10mm pink shell flat diamonds (SHLSTR003, qty 1 strand)
8x10mm Faceted Cherry Quartz Flat Ovals (R-CQZ-OV8, qty 1 strand) Discontinued
21mm hammered silver ring (SS-RING01, qty 4)
Sterling question mark toggle (ISCL-0052, qty 1)
040 round link sterling silver chain (925CH39, qty 2 ft)
Sterling silver head pin (SS-HP2Y, qty 1)
2x2mm sterling silver crimp tube (SS-CRM2, qty 6)
Sterling silver open jump ring (SS-OJR30-C, qty 1) Note: Our 8x10mm Faceted Cherry Quartz Flat Ovals (R-CQZ-OV8) has been discontinued. To check out our other great gemstones click here.

Purchase Idea Kit Components

040 Round Link Sterling Silver Chain by the Foot
Code: 925CH39
Link 3.5x3.5mm, 24 gauge 
$6.73 $5.81$6.37 $5.50$6.04 $5.21
2 1/2-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-HP2Y
Length 2 1/2-inches, 22 Gauge 
$0.49 $0.43$0.44 $0.38$0.39 $0.34
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM2
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
$0.16 $0.14$0.15 $0.13$0.14 $0.12
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .160 inches (0.75 x 4.05mm)
Code: SS-OJR30-C
Diameter 4mm, 21 gauge 
$0.22 $0.19$0.20 $0.17$0.19 $0.16

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Sale Price: $7.64
Price: $8.63
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Sale Price: $12.34
Price: $13.99
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.79
Price: $7.67
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.78
Price: $7.67
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $10.24
Price: $11.56
Soft Flex .019 Medium 30FT Clear (Silver Satin)
Code: SF19-30CL
Diameter .019 inches, Length 30 feet 
Sale Price: $14.96
Price: $16.75

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