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Mardi Gras Bead Necklace

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Mardi Gras Bead Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Mardi Gras is all about the parties. This necklace keeps with the festive theme and is as much fun to make as it is to wear.

Step one: Cut three lengths of ZambaPro™ 49 .019 jewelry wire to approximately 24 inches. Put one end of each strand in a Bead Stopper® Each strand will have one size of beads, 4mm on one strand, 6mm on the next and 8mm on the final, however each strand with start with four 4mm beads each so they can fit in the cones. Mix the beads as you strand them so that you have a nice random color pattern as you go. Leave approximately 3 inches on each end with no beads.

Step two: After all the beads are strung, crimp the three strands together with one crimp tube. Trim two of the strands leaving one long strand to pull through the cone. Pull the string through the cone and add a 6mm druk bead, then string five more 4mm beads. Add a crimp tube, but do not crimp it yet. String a 4mm sterling stardust crimp bead. Run the wire through the loop of the clasp and back through the beads and crimp all the way back through the cone. Pull the wire tight and crimp the crimp tube. If you have excess wire, trim it at this point.

Step three: Add a charm by adding a link in the last segment of the necklace after the cone, attach an open jump ring to that and then to the charm. Wear this necklace with the clasp in the back, front or on the side to show your workmanship.
Approximate size: 20 inches

Tools Used:
Crimping pliers (TOOL-100)
Side cutters, semi-flush (TOOL-131)
Nipper tool (TOOL-101)
Bent chain nose pliers (for jump ring TOOL-133)
ZambaPro™ 49 .019 30ft jewelry wire (ZP49-30F-019)
List of Components:
8mm Czech glass druk jet AB (DRUK-JETAB8, qty 1 pack)
8mm Czech glass druk emerald AB (DRUK-EMAB8, qty 1 pack)
8mm Czech glass druk ruby AB (DRUK-RUBYAB8, qty 1 pack)
6mm Czech glass druk jet AB (DRUK-JETAB6, qty 1 pack)
6mm Czech glass druk emerald AB (DRUK-EMAB6, qty 1 pack)
6mm Czech glass druk ruby AB (DRUK-RUBYAB6, qty 1 pack)
4mm Czech glass druk jet AB (DRUK-JETAB4, qty 1 pack)
4mm Czech glass druk emerald AB (DRUK-EMAB4, qty 1 pack)
4mm Czech glass druk ruby AB (DRUK-RUBYAB4, qty 1 pack)
8mm sterling silver round stardust twist bead (SS-RND8-BTS, qty 14)
6mm sterling silver round stardust twist bead (SS-RND6-BTS, qty 19)
4mm sterling silver round stardust twist bead (SS-RND4-BTS, qty 38)
2x2mm sterling silver crimp tube (SS-CRM2, qty 4)
Sterling silver toggle clasp (SS-TOG22, qty 1)
Mardi Gras mask charm (CHARM363, qty 1)
Bali open cone (BOC0001, qty 2)
Israel link (ISLX-0004, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (SS-OJR40-E, qty 1)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

6mm Sterling Stardust Twist Bead
Length 6mm 
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 18mm Round Toggle Clasp
Code: SS-TOG22
Loop 18mm, Bar 23mm 
$12.16 $7.41$11.35 $6.92$10.59 $6.45
Sterling Silver Mardi Gras Mask Charm
Code: CHARM363
Height 19.5mm, Width 15mm 
$8.77 $5.61$8.19 $5.24$7.65 $4.89
Bali Silver Large Open Cone
Code: BOC0001
Length 15mm 
$13.03 $10.03$12.16 $9.36$11.35 $8.73
JBB Sterling Silver Infinity Twisted Link
Code: ISLX-0004
Length 7.5mm 
$0.71 $0.44$0.65 $0.40$0.60 $0.37
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.040 x .240 inches (1.00 x 6.10mm)
Code: SS-OJR40-E
Diameter 6.1mm, 18 gauge 
$0.57 $0.50$0.52 $0.46$0.48 $0.42

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Sale Price: $11.33
Price: $13.99
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $9.12
Price: $11.26
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Sale Price: $6.79
Price: $8.49
Bent Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-133
Sale Price: $7.63
Price: $9.54
Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
Code: ZP49-30F-019
Diameter .019 inches, Length 30 feet 
Sale Price: $10.52
Price: $12.99

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