Like a siren's seductive song this alluring necklace will draw others into your style. Its ocean reef colors expressed through elegant kumihimo-style braids and intricate seed bead embellishments are sure to catch everyone's eye.
Step one: Use precious metal liquid jewelry cleaner and a polishing cloth to buff the Hill Tribe Silver large starfish pendant and the Hill Tribe Silver starfish S clasp to give them a richer shine. Set both aside.
Step two: Cut the 6x8mm silver-plated shell chain into two 6-inch strands. Attach each end of both strands to one 1.27x5.0mm sterling silver open jump ring. Note that the shells on this chain are all facing one direction. Be sure to keep both lengths of chain facing the same way. Watch our Handy Tip video to learn how to open and close a jump ring if you need help. Connect one jump ring from each chain to the S clasp.
Step three: Create a kumihimo braid. We chose to create an 8 warp basic round braid using 6 strands of super-lon bead cord strung with 8/0 TOHO bead rounds in yellow-lined aqua and one hand-dyed silk ribbon that we cut in half for the last two strands. Read our kumihimo Handy Tip if you need help. The beaded kumihimo section on our necklace is approximately 5 3/8 inches long, with approximately 1/4-inch of plain kumihimo on either end (which will fit inside the bead caps later). You will want to cut your Super-Lon bead cord the same length as your silk ribbon, approximately 16 inches long. The kumihimo braid has approximately 44 beads per inch. Therefore, each strand of S-Lon should have approximately 40 beads.
Step four: To make the coral embellishments, read our seed bead coraling handy tip in the Learning Center. We made twenty different pieces using an assortment of 8/0 TOHO bead rounds in yellow-lined aqua, trans-rainbow teal, transparent light plum, frosted transparent orchid and trans-rainbow emerald. Make as many as you like. Make each one approximately 3 ½ inches long.
Step five: Sew each coral branch to the kumihimo braid using crystal fireline thread and a #11 short beading needle. Use fireline to attach the starfish pendant to the center of the kumihimo braid as well. Use a thread burner to remove any excess thread.
Step six: Glue each end of the kumihimo braid to one JBB silver-plated brass leaves swivel end cap using 1-hour two-part epoxy. Read our Handy Tip on how to use an end cap if you need more help. Allow the glue to dry.
Step seven: Attach each end cap to the remaining jump rings from Step two.