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Color Spectrum Necklace

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Color Spectrum Necklace
Designed by Artbeads

Just like a rainbow, the possibilities of buttons are endless! With nothing more than a scattering of seed beads and gorgeous copper-colored components you too can create a colorful statement piece.

Step one:
For our necklace design we chose to use fifteen TOHO bead strands. You may choose to do less than but we do not recommend more than fifteen. Cut the Fireline into fifteen 27-inch strands. Cut the copper-plated twisted oval link chain into one 13-inch strand and set aside. Be sure to cut the chain so that one side ends with a smaller link.

Step two:
Separate the TOHO seed beads into five different color groups (i.e. keep the greens with the other greens and the reds with the other reds, etc.) Interject the metallic seed beads throughout each color grouping to break up patterns. We also added turquoise chip beads with our blue, green and purple color groups.

Step three:
Separate the Fireline strands into groups of five. Thread five strands of Fireline through a large-eye beading needle. Thread on one size 8/0 TOHO seed bead, leaving a 2-inch tail. Bring the needle back through the TOHO bead and finish by tying an overhand knot with the tail ends of the Fireline. Apply a dab of GS Hypo Cement to the knots and to the inside of a 4mm antique copper-plated clam shell bead tip. Insert the TOHO bead end into the bead tip. Gently close the bead tip using chain nose pliers. Make sure that all five strands of Fireline are exiting the hole of the bead tip. Read our Handy Tip on how to use a closed loop bead tip if you need more help. Repeat this step two more times.

Step four:
Attach each bead tip from step three to its own 6mm copper-plated 18 gauge open jump ring. Then, attach these jump rings to the bottom loops of the Patricia Healey copper 3-1 link. Attach a 6mm open jump ring to the top of the link. Watch our Handy Tip video on how to use jump rings if you need help.

Step five:
Attach one end of the chain to the Patricia Healey copper large round domed 5 petal flower button. Simply slide the last small oval link over the loop on the back of the button. Connect one 8mm antique copper-plated open jump ring to the loop on the back of the button.

Step six:
Attach one 6mm jump ring to the other end of the chain and connect it to the loop portion of the Patricia Healey small copper bowed rope toggle clasp.

Step seven:
Attach the 6mm jump ring on the 3-1 link to the bar portion of the toggle clasp.

Step eight:
To complete the TOHO strands, thread one strand with the first color grouping, a second strand with the second color grouping, and so on until all strands are full. Use bead stoppers or tape at the ends of each strand to hold your beads on while you work.

Step nine:
This step is easier if you have a bust or necklace display to hang your design on while you work! Working on a set of strands from one bead tip at a time, determine the length of the TOHO strands based on how you would like them to cascade across. You may add or remove beads as needed. Finish the other ends of the TOHO strands with bead tips as executed in step three. Attach the bead tips to the 8mm open jump ring on the back of the button. Experimenting with the order that the bead tips are placed on the jump ring can totally change the look of your design.
Approximate size: inside is 27 inches
Estimated time: Less than 4 hours
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
The BeadSmith Crystal Fireline - 125 Yards (6LB Test) (STRNG-0003)
ZambaPro® Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
ZambaPro® Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
Bead Stopper - 6-Piece Pack (BEADSTPR)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)
Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112)
GS Hypo Cement (GS-HYPO)
The BeadSmith Assorted Sizes Big Eye Beading Needles 6-Pack (NEED-15)
List of Components:
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Transparent Teal (TBRD11-7BDF, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Trans-Rainbow-Frosted Dark Peridot (TBRD8-164BF, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Cube 1.5mm Transparent Teal AB (TBCB1-167BD, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Ocean Green Lined Crystal (TBRD8-264, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 6/0 Higher-Metallic Teal Green Iris 8g Bag (TBRD6-507, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Transparent Aqua Blue (TBRD8-163, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 6/0 Transparent Emerald 8g Bag (TBRD6-7B, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Transparent Lemon Lime (TBRD8-4F, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Opaque-Lustered Mint Green (TBRD11-130, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Silver-Lined Lime AB (TBRD8-2024, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round Hybrid 8/0 Apollo (TBRD8-Y851, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Transparent Orchid (TBRD11-19, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Cube 1.5mm Gold-Lustered Raspberry (TBCB1-332, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Trans-Rainbow Garnet (TBRD11-165CF, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Triangle 8/0 Purple Lined Blue 8g Bag (TBTR8-252, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Rusty Orange Gold Luster (TBRD8-329, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 6/0 Transparent Dark Topaz (TBRD6-2C, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Triangle 11/0 Yellow-Lined Crystal (TBTR11-192, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Medium Orange (TBRD11-30BF, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Triangle 11/0 Silver-Lined Tangerine (TBTR11-30, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Transparent Lemon (TBRD11-12F, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Siam Ruby (TBRD11-25B, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 6/0 Frosted Transparent Siam Ruby 8g Bag (TBRD6-5BF, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Matte Opaque Cherry (TBRD11-45AF, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Trans-Rainbow Siam Ruby (TBRD8-165B, qty 1)
TOHO™ Bead Triangle 8/0 Silver-Lined Medium Gold 8g Bag (TBTR8-22B, qty 1)
Turquoise Chips Bead Strand (LTD-3679, qty 1)
4mm Antique Copper-Plated Clam Shell Bead Tip with 2 Rings (BCA-BDTIP001, qty 6)
TOHO™ Bead Round Hybrid 8/0 Metallic Copper Penny (TBRD8-Y750, qty 1)
Copper-Plated Twist Link Oval Chain (BCCH20, qty 1)
8mm Antique Copper-Plated Open Jump Ring (BCA-OJR08, qty 1)
6mm Copper-Plated 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BC-OJR06, qty 5)
Patricia Healey Small Copper Bowed Rope Toggle Clasp (BC-TOG11, qty 1)
Patricia Healey Copper Large Round Domed 5 Petal Flower Button (BTN-210, qty 1)
Patricia Healey Copper 3-1 Link (BC-LX006, qty 1)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Transparent Teal
Code: TBRD11-7BDF
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.19$1.09$1.00
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Trans-Rainbow-Frosted Dark Peridot
Code: TBRD8-164BF
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.31$1.20$1.10
Qty>
TOHO Bead Cube 1.5mm Transparent Teal AB
Code: TBCB1-167BD
Length 1.5mm, 8g bag 
1-78-1516+
$2.10$1.94$1.79
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Ocean Green Lined Crystal
Code: TBRD8-264
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.28$1.18$1.09
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Higher-Metallic Teal Green Iris 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-507
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-78-1516+
$1.93$1.78$1.64
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Transparent Aqua Blue
Code: TBRD8-163
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.14$1.05$0.97
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Transparent Emerald 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-7B
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.07$0.98$0.90
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Transparent Lemon Lime
Code: TBRD8-4F
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.14$1.05$0.97
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Opaque-Lustered Mint Green
Code: TBRD11-130
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.23$1.13$1.04
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Silver-Lined Lime AB
Code: TBRD8-2024
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.57$1.45$1.34
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 8/0 Apollo
Code: TBRD8-Y851
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$3.42$3.16$2.93
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Transparent Orchid
Code: TBRD11-19
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.33$1.22$1.12
Qty>
TOHO Bead Cube 1.5mm Gold-Lustered Raspberry
Code: TBCB1-332
Length 1.5mm, 8g bag 
1-45-910+
$3.46$3.20$2.97
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Trans-Rainbow Garnet
Code: TBRD11-165CF
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.49$1.37$1.26
Qty>
TOHO Bead Triangle 8/0 Purple Lined Blue 8g Bag
Code: TBTR8-252
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.48$1.36$1.26
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Rusty Orange Gold Luster
Code: TBRD8-329
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-78-1516+
$2.17$2.01$1.86
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Transparent Dark Topaz
Code: TBRD6-2C
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.07$0.98$0.90
Qty>
TOHO Bead Triangle 11/0 Yellow-Lined Crystal
Code: TBTR11-192
Size 11/0, 8 gram bag 
Price: $1.49
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Medium Orange
Code: TBRD11-30BF
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.47$1.35$1.25
Qty>
TOHO Bead Triangle 11/0 Silver-Lined Tangerine
Code: TBTR11-30
Size 11/0, 8 gram bag 
1-1415-2930+
$1.59$1.44$1.29
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Transparent Lemon
Code: TBRD11-12F
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
Price: $1.29
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Siam Ruby
Code: TBRD11-25B
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.37$1.26$1.16
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Frosted Transparent Siam Ruby 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-5BF
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-1415-2930+
$1.29$1.19$1.09
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Opaque Cherry
Code: TBRD11-45AF
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.44$1.32$1.22
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Trans-Rainbow Siam Ruby
Code: TBRD8-165B
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.28$1.18$1.09
Qty>
TOHO Bead Triangle 8/0 Silver-Lined Medium Gold 8g Bag
Code: TBTR8-22B
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1415-2930+
$1.29$1.19$1.09
Qty>
Turquoise Chips Bead Strand
Code: LTD-3679
Strand Length 16 Inch, Length 2.5-5mm, Width 1.4mm 
1-56-1112+
$7.42$6.67$6.02
Qty>
4mm Antique Copper-Plated Clam Shell Bead Tip with 2 Rings
Code: BCA-BDTIP001
Length 6mm 
1-7475-149150+
$0.10$0.09$0.08
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 8/0 Metallic Copper Penny
Code: TBRD8-Y750
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-23-56+
$8.81$8.19$7.62
Qty>
Copper-Plated Twist Link Oval Chain
Code: BCCH20
Links 16x16mm, 27x5x13mm - 12 gauge, 9x6mm, 24 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$4.04$3.64$3.29
Qty>
8mm Antique Copper-Plated Open Jump Ring
Code: BCA-OJR08
Length 8mm, Width 8mm, 18 gauge 
1-99100-199200+
$0.06$0.05$0.04
Qty>
6mm Copper-Plated 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: BC-OJR06
Length 6mm, Width 6mm, 18 gauge 
1-7475-149150+
$0.04$0.03$0.02
Qty>
Patricia Healey Small Copper Bowed Rope Toggle Clasp
Code: BC-TOG11
Loop 19.5x14mm, Bar 26-28mm 
1-23-56+
$9.53$8.88$8.27
Qty>
Patricia Healey Copper Large Round Domed 5 Petal Flower Button
Code: BTN-210
Diameter 24.5-25mm, Height 11mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-23-56+
$10.89$10.15$9.46
Qty>
Patricia Healey Copper 3-1 Link
Code: BC-LX006
Length 14.5mm, Width 24mm 
1-34-78+
$4.49$4.17$3.87
Qty>

Alternate Components

JBB Copper-Plated Pewter 3 to 1 Link
Code: PC-MSEND014
Length 12mm, Width 15.5mm 
Price: $0.81
Qty>
Patricia Healey Medium Copper Hammered Toggle Clasp
Code: BC-TOG09
Loop 20-21x16mm, Bar 31-33mm 
1-34-78+
$7.14$6.64$6.18
Qty>
Patricia Healey Copper Large Round Domed Heart Button
Code: BTN-209
Diameter 24.5-25mm, Height 8.5mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-23-56+
$10.89$10.15$9.46
Qty>
Patricia Healey Copper Large Round Domed Leaf Button
Code: BTN-211
Diameter 24.5-25mm, Height 9mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-23-56+
$10.89$10.15$9.46
Qty>
Czech Glass Aqua 10/0 Seed Bead Mix - 22 Gram Tube
Code: BP-0079
Volume Aprox. 22g 
1-56-1112+
$2.91$2.69$2.49
Qty>
Czech Glass Green 10/0 Seed Bead Mix - 22 Gram Tube
Code: BP-0081
Volume Aprox. 22g 
1-56-1112+
$2.88$2.67$2.47
Qty>
Czech Glass Purple 10/0 Seed Bead Mix - 22 Gram Tube
Code: BP-0082
Volume Aprox. 22g 
1-56-1112+
$2.88$2.67$2.47
Qty>
Czech Glass Blue 10/0 Seed Bead Mix - 22 Gram Tube
Code: BP-0083
Volume Aprox. 22g 
1-56-1112+
$2.88$2.67$2.47
Qty>
Czech Glass Yellow 10/0 Seed Bead Mix - 22 Gram Tube
Code: BP-0084
Volume Aprox. 22g 
1-56-1112+
$2.88$2.67$2.47
Qty>
TOHO Bead Mix Reds N Mattes 8g Bag
Code: TBMX-3218
1-78-1516+
$1.57$1.44$1.33
Qty>
TOHO Bead Mix Ambers 8g Bag
Code: TBMX-3219
1-910-1920+
$1.19$1.09$1.01
Qty>
TOHO Bead Mix Mint/Forest and Gold 8g Bag
Code: TBMX-3222
1-910-1920+
$1.22$1.12$1.03
Qty>
TOHO Bead Mix Neon Frost 8g Bag
Code: TBMX-3228
1-910-1920+
$1.22$1.12$1.03
Qty>
TOHO Bead Mix Earth Tone 8g Bag
Code: TBMX-3227
1-78-1516+
$1.81$1.67$1.54
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The BeadSmith Crystal Fireline - 125 Yards (6LB Test)
Code: STRNG-0003
Diameter .008 Inches, 125 Yards 
Price: $22.99
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $10.74
Qty>
Bead Stopper - 6-Piece Pack
Code: BEADSTPR
1-34-78+
$4.32$4.01$3.72
Qty>
Large Loop Scissors
Code: TOOL-123
Length 4-inches 
Price: $5.14
Qty>
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Price: $4.28
Qty>
GS Hypo Cement
Code: GS-HYPO
1/3 fl oz 
Price: $4.99
Qty>
The BeadSmith Assorted Sizes Big Eye Beading Needles 6-Pack
Code: NEED-15
Length 2-5 inches 
1-45-910+
$3.48$3.23$2.99
Qty>



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