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Dragon Song Necklace

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Dragon Song Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Dragon scale beads create a magical look in this enchanting kumihimo necklace. Their pointed shapes add texture to a simple design and the color is truly wondrous. Learn how to make this mesmerizing necklace and add a Dragon Song to your style!

Step one:
Cut a three-foot length of FireLine. Tie a stopper bead to the end of the strand. Wrap all but one foot of the FireLine onto a bobbin, leaving the end without the stopper bead exposed. Thread a needle onto the end of the thread.

Step two:
Add 25 TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in matte raku teal/blue iris, 33 Czech glass 1.5x5mm crystal blue AB dragon scale beads and 25 more 11/0 seed beads to the strand. Repeat steps one and two seven more times.

Step three:
Gather the ends of all eight strands and tie them together in an overhand knot. Add the kumi weight to the knot. Place this knot inside the hole of your kumihimo disc. Then, follow the instructions for setting up and braiding the kumihimo pattern in this Handy Tip. Start the braid without beads at first. Do this until you have about one quarter of an inch of braid without beads.

Step four:
Start adding beads into the braid. For help braiding with beads see our Kumihimo Braiding with Beads Handy Tip. Once all the beads have been added, braid without beads for another quarter of an inch. Tie the ends off in an overhand knot and trim.

Step five:
Use E6000 to secure the end of the kumihimo braid into a JBB 5mm silver-plated brass leaves swivel end cap. Allow to dry.

Step six:
Cut a four-inch length of 4mm silver-plated rolo chain. Attach it to the end cap using a 925/10 silver-filled 5mm 18 gauge open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Attach half of the 6mm silver-plated round magnetic clasp to the end of the chain using a sterling silver 5.85mm open jump ring. Repeat step five and size on the other end of the necklace.
Approximate Size: 20 1/2 Inches
Estimated Time: 5 Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
The BeadSmith Smoke Gray FireLine - 50 Yards (8lb Test) (FL08SG50)
The BeadSmith Kumihimo Mini Thick Round Foam Disk (TOOL-0212)
The BeadSmith Kumi Weight Lite with Hook (SUP-0240)
The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole (SUP-0051, qty 8)
E6000 Glue 1oz Tube - Medium/Clear (E6000-01)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Beadalon Stainless Steel Rigid Beading Needles Size 10 (6 Pack) (SUP-0059)
List of Components:
Czech Glass 1.5x5mm Crystal Blue AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack) (BEADS-1301, qty 2)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Raku Teal/Blue Iris (TBRD11-706, qty 1)
JBB 5mm Silver-Plated Brass Leaves Swivel End Cap (FIND-0798, qty 2)
4mm Silver-Plated Rolo Chain By the Foot (BTF-0641, qty 1)
6mm Silver-Plated Round Magnetic Clasp (CLASP-0559, qty 1)
925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge (FIND-0685, qty 2)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .230 inches (0.75 x 5.85mm) (SS-OJR30-G, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Raku Teal/Blue Iris (TBRD11-706)
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Leaves End Cap (FIND-0870)
Czech Glass 1.5x5mm Crystal Golden AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack) (BEADS-1299)
Czech Glass 1.5x5mm Crystal Graphite AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack) (BEADS-1300)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Czech Glass 1.5 x 5mm Crystal Blue AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack)
Code: BEADS-1301
Length 5mm, Hole Size .64mm/22 gauge, Volume Approx. 10 gram 
1-34-78+
$7.85 $6.98$7.44 $6.62$7.05 $6.27
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Raku Teal/Blue Iris
Code: TBRD11-706
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.68 $2.19$2.52 $2.06$2.37 $1.94
Qty>
JBB 5mm Silver-Plated Brass Leaves Swivel End Cap
Code: FIND-0798
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 2.6mm/10 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.64 $3.05$3.44 $2.88$3.26 $2.73
Qty>
4mm Silver-Plated Rolo Chain By the Foot
Code: BTF-0641
Link 4mm, Wire Gauge 1.3mm/16 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.61 $2.27$2.46 $2.14$2.31 $2.00
Qty>
6mm Silver-Plated Round Magnetic Clasp
Code: CLASP-0559
Length 11mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 1.3mm/16 gauge 
Sale Price: $1.77
Price: $1.99
Qty>
925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge
Code: FIND-0685
DIA 5mm, OD 3mm, WG 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.20 $0.18$0.18 $0.16$0.17 $0.15
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .230 inches (0.75 x 5.85mm)
Code: SS-OJR30-G
Diameter 5.8mm, 21 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.32 $0.28$0.30 $0.26$0.28 $0.24
Qty>

Alternate Components

B&B Benbassat 6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Leaves End Cap
Code: FIND-0870
Inside Diameter 5.5mm, Length 8.5mm, Hole Size 2mm/12 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.41 $1.95$2.27 $1.83$2.14 $1.73
Qty>
Czech Glass 1.5 x 5mm Crystal Golden AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack)
Code: BEADS-1299
Length 5mm, Hole Size .64mm/22 gauge, Volume Approx. 10 gram 
1-34-78+
$7.85 $5.73$7.44 $5.43$7.05 $5.14
Qty>
Czech Glass 1.5 x 5mm Crystal Graphite AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack)
Code: BEADS-1300
Length 5mm, Hole Size .64mm/22 gauge, Volume Approx. 10 gram 
1-34-78+
$7.85 $6.04$7.44 $5.72$7.05 $5.42
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The Beadsmith Smoke Gray FireLine - 50 Yards (8lb Test)
Code: FL08SG50
Length Approx 50 yards, Wire Gauge .23mm/31 gauge 
Sale Price: $8.36
Price: $9.29
Qty>
The Beadsmith Kumihimo Mini Thick Round Foam Disk
Code: TOOL-0212
1-45-910+
$5.81 $4.76$5.49 $4.50$5.19 $4.25
Qty>
The Beadsmith Kumi Weight Lite with Hook
Code: SUP-0240
Sale Price: $7.11
Price: $7.99
Qty>
The Beadsmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole
Code: SUP-0051
Diameter 46mm, Hole Size 10mm 
Sale Price: $0.42
Price: $0.52
Qty>
E6000 Glue 1oz Tube - Medium/Clear
Code: E6000-01
1oz 
Sale Price: $3.98
Price: $4.69
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.82
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Beadalon Stainless Steel Rigid Beading Needles Size 10 (6 Pack)
Code: SUP-0059
1-56-1112+
$2.67 $2.21$2.52 $2.09$2.38 $1.97
Qty>



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