This creepy-crawly necklace was inspired by the classic television show Dark Shadows, soon to be released as a major movie, as a representation of the mansion inhabited by the mysterious, cursed Collins family. Full of multi-stranded tricks and fun glow-in-the-dark treats, this design is perfect for your next elegant Halloween party.
Step One: The first thing you will need to do is create three small jump rings out of head pins. These will be used to attach the capsules to your necklace later. Take one TierraCast® 2-inch 20 gauge black finish pewter head pin and snip off the top of the head using a nipper tool. Use round nose pliers to curve the pin into a circle until both ends touch and cut off any excess wire. Repeat twice and set these aside.
Step two: Cut the following chains into these appropriate-sized pieces:
Gunmetal-plated curb chain: six 8 1/2-inch long pieces and six 3-inch long pieces
Gunmetal-plated cable chain: two 6-inch long pieces, one 9-inch long piece and one 3-inch long piece
Gunmetal-plated split ring cable chain: one 9-inch long piece and one 6-inch long piece
Gunmetal-plated 5+1 round and twisted rectangle link chain: one 9-inch long piece
Gunmetal-plated textured oval link chain: one 18-inch long piece, one 11-inch long piece, two 3-inch long pieces, two 2 1/2-inch long pieces and seven 2 1/4-inch long pieces
Set these aside for now.
Creating the Capsules
Step one: Find some clear plastic tubing to use. We used the casings our seed beads were packaged in. Cut one piece about 1 inch long and another piece 1 1/2 inches long.
Step two: Brush the Gilders Paste baroque art in Patina onto the Kabela antique brass lil scarab link and the TierraCast® antique copper 14mm granulated bead caps with 2.5mm holes. Read our Handy Tip on working with Gilders Paste if you need help. Allow the Gilders Paste to dry and then rub each of the pieces with a cloth to create a weathered look.
Step three: Thread one bead cap onto the TierraCast® antique copper 1 1/4-inch bead bar link so it faces outward. Then, place the 1-inch long plastic tube over the bead bar link so it rests on the bead cap. Glue the bottom to the bead cap and allow it to dry. Drop the scarab into the tube. Thread a second bead cap onto the bar link and glue it to the top of the plastic tube.
Step four: Repeat Step three using the larger plastic tube and replacing the scarab link with a thin feather to place inside. Use the TierraCast® antique copper 2-inch bead bar to substitute for the 1 1/4-inch bead bar link.
Step five: Attach the jump rings made from head pins to each capsule. Do this by gently twisting the ends away from each other with chain nose pliers, threading one end through the stringing holes on the bead bar and bead bar link and then closing again with pliers. Set the capsules aside. You can watch our Handy Tip video for more help with jump rings.
Creating the Spiders
Step one: Cut approximately 3 feet of BeadSmith Fireline in Smoke Gray and thread it onto one #10 short beading needle. Thread the needle through one TOHO™ opaque shiny black bead round, then through one Swarovski 8mm faceted round in Jet. Run the thread two more times through the beads. Lay one Swarovski 4mm faceted Jet round underneath the 8mm round, making sure the stringing holes run horizontally. Thread the needle through the 4mm bead, pass through the 8mm bead then through the seed bead to hold the 4mm bead in place just below the 8mm bead. Repeat once more for a good hold.
Step two: With the needle dangling next to the 4mm bead, string approximately twelve TOHO™ beads onto the Fireline. Skipping the last bead, bring the needle back up the strand, then once through the 4mm bead. Repeat stringing twelve seed beads on the opposite side, skipping the last bead to pass the needle up the ?é?Ç£leg?é?Ç¥ and back through the body and seed bead ?é?Çÿtail?é?ÇÖ to anchor the thread. Make the remaining legs in the same manor, criss-crossing to opposite sides while anchoring the thread in the stitches between the 8mm and 4mm beads.
Repeat steps one and two twice; however, one of the spiders will be smaller than the other two. Do this by replacing one of the 8mm beads with a 4mm bead for the body and replacing one 4mm bead with a 3mm bead for the head. Set all three spiders aside. Do not cut off any excess Fireline because you will need it to tie the spiders to the necklace.
Creating the Tassel
Step one: Take the six 3-inch long pieces of curb chain and fold them in half. Connect all of the open ends together by attaching them to one TierraCast® medium oval black finish pewter open jump ring. Attach the jump ring to one 2-inch gunmetal-plated 20 gauge eye pin.
Step two: Thread the following onto the eye pin in this order: one JBB gunmetal-plated pewter cylinder cone, one 8mm alexandrite glow in the dark Druk bead and the TierraCast® black finish pewter paloma bead. Finish the end with a wrapped loop and attach it to an oval jump ring.
Putting Together the Necklace
Step one: Take the 18-inch long piece of textured oval link chain and attach the larger capsule to its center. Do this by connecting its jump ring to one 8mm gunmetal-plated 18 gauge open jump ring, and attaching the 8mm jump ring to the chain. Tie two of the spiders to the chain on either side of the capsule, allowing them to hang anywhere from 1 to 4 inches.
Step two: Connect each end of the textured oval link chain to one 12mm gunmetal-plated 13 gauge open jump ring. Attach each 12mm jump ring to one TierraCast® black finish pewter large hammertone ring link.
Step three: Thread a TierraCast® 7mm black finish pewter crown bead cap with a 2.5mm hole, one glow in the dark Druk bead and another bead cap onto a head pin. Repeat this six times. Attach each head pin along the center of the 11-inch long piece of textured oval link chain using a wrapped loop technique.
Step four: Attach each end of the oval link chain to one 6-inch long piece of cable chain using an oval jump ring. Attach a 12mm open jump ring to each free end of the cable chain and connect them to each hammertone ring link from Step two.
Step five: Take two of the 8 1/2-inch long pieces of curb chain and attach one end from each together with one oval jump ring. Repeat two more times, giving you three strands comprised of two chains each. Attach one jump ring to each open hole at the bottom of the TierraCast® black finish pewter lock link. Gather the open ends of all of the chains and connect them to one oval jump ring.
Step six: Take the 9-inch long piece of split ring chain and attach one end to two oval jump rings. Connect these two jump rings to the one jump ring from Step five. Attach the other end to one 12mm jump ring and connect it to the right hammertone ring link from Step two. Attach two oval jump rings to one end of the 9-inch long piece of cable chain, then connect them to the top hole of the lock link. Connect the other end of the cable chain to one 12mm open jump ring and attach this to the left hammertone ring link from Step two.
Step seven: Attach a 12mm jump ring to one end of the 6-inch long piece of split ring chain and connect it to the left hammertone ring link from Step two. Connect the other end of the split ring chain to the top jump ring on the smaller capsule. Attach the 9-inch long piece of 5+1 twisted rectangle link chain to the bottom jump ring on the capsule.
Step eight: Create a new chain by connecting the TierraCast® black finish pewter bone links together with oval jump rings. Create a chain with six bones, add the TierraCast® black finish pewter escutcheon link next, then six more bone links. Tie the last spider to the bone link chain near the escutcheon link. Connect one end to the 5+1 chain and the other end to the 3-inch long piece of cable chain. Attach a 12mm jump ring to the other end of the cable chain and connect it to the right hammertone ring link from Step two.
Step nine: Thread one glow in the dark Druk bead onto an eye pin and create a simple loop. Repeat this nine more times. Take the remaining pieces of textured oval link chains and the Druk links you just created to make a new chain by stringing the pieces in the following order:
3-inch oval link chain
2 1/2-inch oval link chain
2 1/4-inch oval link chain
Repeat six times
2 1/2-inch oval link chain
3-inch oval link chain
Attach each end to a 12mm jump ring and connect the jump rings to the hammertone ring links from Step two.
Step ten: Attach the tassel to the center of this chain using its jump ring.
Step eleven: Connect one portion of the gunmetal-plated antiquity clasp to one of the hammertone ring links using an 8mm jump ring. Repeat this process with the remaining portion of the clasp and the other hammertone ring link.
Approximate size: shortest strand 23 ¼ inches, longest strand 38 inches, not including tassel Estimated time: Three hours plus drying time Difficulty level: Beginner
Tools and Supplies Used: ZambaPro™ Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
ZambaPro™ Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
ZambaPro™ Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
Gilders Paste Baroque-Art 30ml/1.5oz - Patina (SUP-0001)
E6000/Quick Hold Craft Four .18oz Tubes (GLUE-003)
The BeadSmith Smoke Gray Fireline - 50 Yards (6LB Test) (FL06SG50)
List of Components:
TOHO™ Bead Round 15/0 Opaque Shiny Jet Black (TBRD15-49, qty 1)
Druk Bead 8mm Alexandrite Glow in the Dark (25pc Pack) (DRUKS-GDALX8, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Jet (5000-JET3, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Jet (5000-JET4, qty 3)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Jet (5000-JET8, qty 2)
Gunmetal-Plated Curb Chain (BGMCH03, qty 12)
Gunmetal-Plated Cable Chain (BGMCH29, qty 2)
Gunmetal-Plated Split Ring Cable Chain (BGMCH36, qty 2)
Gunmetal-Plated 5+1 Round and Twisted Rectangle Link Chain (BGMCH35, qty 2)
Gunmetal-Plated Textured Oval Link Chain (BGMCH21, qty 4)
JBB Gunmetal-Plated Pewter Cylinder Cone (PGM-BD004, qty 1)
TierraCast® Black Finish Pewter Lock Link (BKO-3144, qty 1)
TierraCast® Black Finish Pewter Escutcheon Link (BKO-3143, qty 1)
TierraCast® Black Finish Pewter Bone Link (BKO-3130, qty 12)
TierraCast® Antique Copper 14mm Granulated Bead Cap with 2.5mm Hole
(CA-5740, qty 4)
TierraCast® 7mm Black Finish Pewter Crown Beadcap 4x7mm (BKO-5761, qty 14)
TierraCast® Antique Copper 2 Inch Bead Bar (CA-2310, qty 1)
TierraCast® Antique Copper 1.25 Inch Bead Bar Link (CA-3107, qty 1)
TierraCast® Black Finish Pewter Paloma Bead (BKO-5617, qty 1)
TierraCast® 2-Inch 20 Gauge Black Finish Pewter Head Pin (BKO-0028, qty 9)
2-inch Gunmetal-Plated 20 Gauge Eye Pin (BGM-EP20-22, qty 11)
TierraCast® Medium Oval Black Finish Pewter Open Jump Ring (BKO-0018, qty 27)
Kabela Antique Brass Lil Scarab Link (FIND-0045, qty 1)
12mm Gunmetal-Plated 13 Gauge Open Jump Ring (FIND-0221, qty 10)
8mm Gunmetal-Plated 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BGM-OJR08, qty 3)
TierraCast® Black Finish Pewter Large Hammertone Ring Link (BKO-3095, qty 2)
Gunmetal-Plated Pewter Antiquity Clasp (PGM-CL007, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
TierraCast® 7mm Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Crown Beadcap (GA-5761)
TierraCast® Brass Oxide Pewter Escutcheon Link 19x14mm (BRO-3143)
TierraCast® Brass Oxide Pewter Oval Quatrefoil Link 18x13.5mm (BRO-3142)
TierraCast® Brass Oxide Pewter Lock and Key Toggle and Clasp 25x19-19.5mm
Antique Brass-Plated Split Ring Cable Chain (BBACH31)
Antique Brass-Plated 5+1 Round and Twisted Rectangle Link Chain (BBACH30)
Antique Brass-Plated Cable Chain (BBACH24)
Antique Brass-Plated Textured Oval Link Chain (BBACH14)