Long Ago and Far Far Away Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Crocheting with beads can add amazing style to your jewelry designs. Cynthia featured a beaded crochet rope in her elegant necklace. She chose an Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend and an Artbeads Swarovski Designer Blend in complementary colors, so the perfect color palette was already picked out for her. Choose your favorite blends to use in this design and start making fabulous jewelry, just like this necklace!
Step one: String the beads from the Far Far Away 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend onto your spool of bead cord in an 8-bead sequence following this pattern: teal green, black, amethyst, metallic olive green, teal green, black, amethyst, metallic olive green. This bead sequence equals one row in the rope. For a 24-inch long rope, string about 264 rows, ending with a complete 8-bead pattern. If you lose count of rows, this amounts to about 14 feet and 10 inches of strung beads. You can also think of it this way: every 6 to 8 inches of strung beads amounts to about one inch of crocheted rope, depending on size variations from bead to bead and how loose or tight you crochet. It is better to string too many beads onto your thread, rather than having too few and running out of beads once you start crocheting.
Step two: Start creating your crochet rope. For help with creating a beaded crochet rope, please see Our Handy Tip. You may find crocheting with dark thread and dark beads difficult, especially if you are a beginner. You can always practice with lighter thread and beads beforehand to get the technique just right. When your crochet rope is the desired length, finish the ends as detailed in the Handy Tip above.
Step three: Glue a TierraCast 10mm antique copper-plated brass pagoda cord end cap over the end of the rope using the 5-minute two-part epoxy and allow to dry. Repeat for the other end of the necklace.
Step four: Cut a length of antique copper-plated round links on round cable chain approximately 2 1/2 inches long. Attach it to one end of the crochet rope using an 8mm antique copper-plated open jump ring. Repeat this step on the other end of the necklace.
Step five: String a 6mm Crystal Luminous Green bicone onto a 2-inch antique copper-plated 20 gauge eye pin, followed by a purple pearl from the Longa Ago Blend and another 6mm Crystal Luminous Green bicone. Make a simple loop at the end. Open the loop and attach it to one end of the necklace. Close the loop to secure it in place.
Step six: String a purple pearl from the Long Ago Blend onto an eye pin, followed by the Venetian glass amethyst and silver lentil bead and another purple pearl. Make a simple loop at the end of the eye pin. Open the loop and attach it to the other end of the necklace. Close the loop to secure it in place.
Step seven: Add the bar component of the TierraCast antique copper large beaded clasp set to the simple loops on both ends of the necklace using a TierraCast medium oval copper open jump ring. This will close the necklace.
Step eight: String the Venetian glass amethyst and silver teardrop bead onto an eye pin and make a simple loop at the top of the bead. String a purple pearl onto a head pin and add it to the bottom of the eye pin by creating a simple loop at the top of the pearl. Attach the top of the eye pin to the loop component of the toggle clasp using an oval jump ring. You can now dangle this focal from your necklace by hanging it from the toggle bar.
Step nine: Using the Long Ago Designer Blend, and the remaining Swarovski crystal bicones, faceted rounds, globe beads, cabochettes and the mini drop bead, create 35 dangles with the 1-inch antique copper-plated 21 gauge head pins. Make a simple loop at the top of each dangle you create. Switch up the length and bead patterns of each dangle to create variety. Then, use the simple loops to add these dangles to both of the chain sections of your necklace to your liking. If the Venetian teardrop dangle gets in your way, you can always unclasp it from the bar component of the toggle set.
Tools & Supplies: Beadalon Stainless Steel Big Eye Needles 4.5 Inch (Length 4 Pack) (SUP-0058)
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges (EPOXY-5)
German Ergonomic Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-506)
German Ergonomic Side cutters (TOOL-507)
List of Components: Far Far Away 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0232, qty 4)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Crystal Pearl Long Ago Designer Blend (ADB0367, qty 1)
Venetian Glass Amethyst and Silver Lentil Bead (BEAD-3809, qty 1)
Venetian Glass Amethyst and Silver Teardrop Bead (BEAD-3810, qty 1)
Antique Copper-Plated Round Links on Round Cable Chain (BCACH41, qty 1)
TierraCast 10mm Antique Copper-Plated Brass Pagoda Cord End Cap (CA-0203, qty 2)
8mm Antique Copper-Plated Open Jump Ring (BCA-OJR08, qty 2)
Swarovski 5328 4mm Bicone Crystal Paradise Shine 2X (5328-CPS2X4, qty 21)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Luminous Green (5000-CLU6, qty 3)
Swarovski 5028 6mm Crystal Globe Bead Crystal Luminous Green (5028-CLU6, qty 5)
Swarovski 5026 6mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Lilac Shadow (5026-CLS6, qty 7)
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Crystal Luminous Green (5328-CLU6, qty 10)
Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Crystal Golden Shadow (5328-CGS6, qty 7)
Swarovski 5056 12x8mm Mini Drop Bead Crystal Golden Shadow (5056-CGS12, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Copper Large Beaded Clasp Set (CA-6058, qty 1)
TierraCast Medium Oval Copper Open Jump Ring (C-0018, qty 2)
2-inch Antique Copper-Plated 20 Gauge Eyepin (BCA-EP20-22, qty 3)
1-Inch Antique Copper-Plated 21 Gauge Head Pin (100pc Pack) (FIND-1181, qty 1)
The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Black 77 yard Spool (SLON0001, qty )
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Blueberry Pie 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0003)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Crystal Pearl Gemstone Designer Blend (ADB0188)
Venetian Glass Blue and Silver Small Teardrop Bead (BEAD-2426)
Venetian Glass Blue and Silver Lentil (BEAD-2427)