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Dragonfly Island Necklace

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Dragonfly Island Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Dragonflies are magical and mysterious creatures that flit through the air with shining beauty. This bold necklace captures that enigmatic style perfectly. Coppery elements mingle with dark and dazzling colors to create an unforgettable design. Dragonfly Island is sure to have you buzzing about jewelry-making!

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Make a small hole in a bead backing material to allow for the button loop of the Czech glass copper and green round dragonfly button. Glue the button onto the bead backing. Make a ring of Swarovski 4mm Fern Green faceted rounds around the button using the two-seed-bead backstitch. For help with this stitch, please see our Handy Tip. Cut 12 inches each of The BeadSmith soutache ornamental rayon braid in merlot, metallic copper and black. Add a dab of glue to the ends to prevent fraying. Place the ends of the soutache at the bottom center of the button, just below the dragonfly's tail. Bring your needle in front of the soutache. Bring the needle through the three soutache braids and down through the bead backing.
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Go back up through the bead backing after the next green bead in your backstitch. Bring your needle through the center groove of the soutache braids and through the bead backing. Repeat this step all the way around your focal until the soutache ends join. For more help with soutache techniques, see our Soutache and Cabochons Handy Tip.Glue each soutache end to prevent fraying once more and then sew the ends together under the center of the focal.Bring your needle up above the soutache ends. Add a 3.8x1mm Czech glass crystal Capri gold O bead to your thread, followed by a TOHO 11/0 bead round in metallic dark copper. Bring your needle back down through the O bead and sew in place over the soutache ends to hide them. Repeat this step two more times to completely conceal the ends.
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Sew the Swarovski 5mm Mystic Black round pearls around the soutache using the two-seed-bead backstitch.Make a beaded edge with matte black beads from the Midnight Magic Designer Seed Bead Blend using the brick stitch technique. Find the center of the focal at the top of the pendant. Bring your needle through the bead backing and through the second edge bead from the center.
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Make a bail with five loops. For each loop, string on a random mix of ten matte black and jet Picasso beads from the Midnight Magic Blend, followed by three O beads and ten more matte black and jet Picasso beads. For more help creating a beaded bail, please see our Beaded Bail Handy Tip. Now you are going to embellish the edge of your focal with O beads. Bring your needle out through the second bead from the last loop in your beaded bail. Thread on an O bead, followed by a dark copper TOHO. Go back through the O bead and then back through the edge bead. Repeat the last step until you reach the top of your focal.
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Now you are going to create the strands of your necklace. Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 25 inches long. Add 29 Midnight Magic seed beads to the center of the wire. On one end, add three O beads, followed by a Swarovski 10mm Bordeaux coin pearl, three more O beads and 20 Midnight Magic seed beads. Repeat this pattern two times and then add 20 more Midnight Magic seed beads to the end of the wire. Make a mirror image of this pattern on the other end of the strand. Cut two more strands of wire and add a random pattern of Midnight Magic seed beads to each one. These strands should be the same length as your first strand. Slide a sterling silver 3x3mm crimp tube over the ends of all three beaded strands and crimp them shut around the loop of a 2-inch antique copper-plated 20 gauge eye pin. See our Crimp Tool Handy Tip for help with crimping. Slide a Patricia Healey copper small end cap over the end of the eye pin. Slide a Midnight Magic seed bead onto the eye pin, followed by a coin pearl and another Midnight magic seed bead. Make a wrapped loop at the end of the eye pin. For help creating wrapped loops, please see our Handy Tip. Attach one half of the TierraCast 3/4-inch antique copper-plated pewter Anna's toggle clasp to the wrapped loop using two 8mm copper 18 gauge open jump rings. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Slide the focal over the three bead strands and repeat steps fourteen and fifteen for the other side of the necklace.
Approximate Size: 23 Inches
Estimated Time:4-5 Hours
Difficulty Level:Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Merlot (EMB-0042)
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Metallic Copper (EMB-0045)
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Black (EMB-0047)
Black Suede Oval Inserts (Pack of 2) (EMBMT-0303
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown (STRNG-0112)
E6000 Glue 3.7 Fluid Ounces (E6000)
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)
German Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-500)
German Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-502)
German Side Cutter (TOOL-503)
List of Components:
Czech Glass Copper and Green Round Dragonfly Button (BTN-362, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Fern Green (5000-FGN4, qty 35)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Mystic Black (5810-MBLACK5, qty 35)
Midnight Magic Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0007, qty 2)
3.8x1mm Czech Glass Crystal Capri Gold O Bead 8 gram Pack (BEADS-0425, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Metallic Dark Copper (TBRD11-222, qty 1)
Swarovski 5860 10mm Coin Pearl Bordeaux (5860-BXP10, qty 8)
TierraCast 3/4-Inch Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Anna's Toggle and Clasp (CA-6160, qty 1)
Patricia Healey Copper Small End Cap (FIND-0756, qty 2)
8mm Copper 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring (FIND-1052, qty 4)
2-inch Antique Copper-Plated 20 Gauge Eyepin (BCA-EP20-22, qty 2)
Sterling Silver 3 x 3mm Crimp Tube (ss-crm5, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Pearl Bordeaux (5810-BXP10)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Black (5810-BLK5)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Dark Moss Green (5000-DMG4)
3.8x1mm Czech Glass Magic Apple Green O Bead 8 gram Pack (BEADS-0432)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Dark Raspberry (DB0012)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Czech Glass Copper and Green Round Dragonfly Button
Code: BTN-362
Diameter 41mm, Total Height 12.5mm, Hole Size 2mm/12 gauge 
1-23-56+
$14.03 $12.62$13.07 $11.76$12.18 $10.96
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Fern Green
Code: 5000-FGN4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.33 $0.29$0.30 $0.27$0.27 $0.24
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Crystal Pearl Mystic Black
Code: 5810-MBLACK5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09$0.10 $0.09
Qty>
Midnight Magic Designer Seed Bead Blend
Code: ADB0007
Sale Price: $4.49
Price: $4.99
Qty>
3.8x1mm Czech Glass Crystal Capri Gold O Bead 8 gram Pack
Code: BEADS-0425
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.26 $4.73$4.88 $4.39$4.53 $4.07
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Metallic Dark Copper
Code: TBRD11-222
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.62 $2.14$2.43 $1.99$2.25 $1.84
Qty>
Swarovski 5860 10mm Coin Crystal Pearl Bordeaux
Code: 5860-BXP10
Diameter 10mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.74 $0.62$0.68 $0.57$0.63 $0.53
Qty>
TierraCast 3/4-Inch Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Anna's Toggle and Clasp
Code: CA-6160
Loop Length 26mm, Loop Width 19mm, Bar Length 32mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.56 $1.79$2.37 $1.65$2.19 $1.53
Qty>
Patricia Healey Copper Small End Cap
Code: FIND-0756
Length 14mm, Diameter 11mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-34-78+
$7.14 $5.71$6.64 $5.31$6.18 $4.94
Qty>
8mm Copper 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: FIND-1052
Diameter 8mm, Opening Diameter 6.5mm, Wire Gauge 8 
1-7475-149150+
$0.11 $0.09$0.10 $0.09$0.09 $0.08
Qty>
2-inch Antique Copper-Plated 20 Gauge Eyepin
Code: BCA-EP20-22
Length 2 inches, Gauge 20 
1-5960-119120+
$0.15 $0.13$0.13 $0.11$0.12 $0.10
Qty>
Sterling Silver 3 x 3mm Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM5
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.36 $0.32$0.33 $0.29$0.30 $0.27
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Crystal Pearl Bordeaux
Code: 5810-BXP10
Length 10mm, Width 10mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.39 $0.31$0.36 $0.28$0.33 $0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Crystal Pearl Black
Code: 5810-BLK5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09$0.10 $0.09
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Dark Moss Green
Code: 5000-DMG4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.33 $0.28$0.30 $0.25$0.27 $0.23
Qty>
3.8x1mm Czech Glass Magic Apple Green O Bead 8 gram Pack
Code: BEADS-0432
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-34-78+
$5.45 $4.90$5.07 $4.56$4.72 $4.24
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Dark Raspberry
Code: DB0012
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$6.04 $5.19$5.62 $4.83$5.23 $4.49
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Merlot
Code: EMB-0042
Length Approx. 3 yds 
1-56-1112+
$2.63 $2.10$2.43 $1.94$2.25 $1.80
Qty>
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Metallic Copper
Code: EMB-0045
Length Approx. 3 yds 
1-56-1112+
$2.63 $2.10$2.43 $1.94$2.25 $1.80
Qty>
The BeadSmith Soutache Ornamental Rayon Braid 3 yd - Black
Code: EMB-0047
Length Approx. 3 yds 
1-56-1112+
$2.63 $2.23$2.43 $2.06$2.25 $1.91
Qty>
Black Suede Oval Embellishment (Pack of 2)
Code: EMBMT-0303
Length 3.5 Inch, Width 2.5 Inch 
1-34-78+
$4.03 $2.90$3.74 $2.69$3.47 $2.49
Qty>
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown
Code: STRNG-0112
Length Approx. 55 yds 
1-34-78+
$4.49 $3.59$4.17 $3.33$3.79 $3.03
Qty>
E6000 Glue 3.7 Fluid Ounces
Code: E6000
Sale Price: $4.66
Price: $5.49
Qty>
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-04
Length 2 inches, Size 10 
1-56-1112+
$2.41 $1.92$2.23 $1.78$2.06 $1.64
Qty>
Large Loop Scissors
Code: TOOL-123
Length 4-inches 
Sale Price: $3.90
Price: $5.14
Qty>
German Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-500
4.5 Inches 
Sale Price: $16.39
Price: $20.49
Qty>
German Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-502
4.5 Inches 
Sale Price: $18.44
Price: $20.49
Qty>
German Side Cutter
Code: TOOL-503
4.5 Inches 
Sale Price: $20.70
Price: $25.88
Qty>



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