Layer on the style with this beautiful necklace idea as seen in Beadstyle's November 2012 issue! Full of texture and shine, you will love this necklace's metallic silver tones and dramatic black accents. The shiny metal materials mixed with the delicate silk ribbons make for a bold style statement people won't soon forget. Learn how to make this necklace in ten easy steps.
Step one: Cut the 3 foot hand-dyed silk in ash grey with metallic silver edges and the 3 foot hand-dyed silk in jet black with metallic silver edges approximately 9 inches each.
Step two: Attach a 5.5mm gunmetal-plated 21 gauge open jump ring to each ribbons' ends using the 4x4mm sterling silver crimp tubes. For more information on how to use a crimp tube, check out our Handy Tip on how to properly place a crimp tube.
Step three: Connect the two jump rings you attached to the ribbons with one jump ring. For more information on how to attach jump rings, see our Handy Tip video. Attach either the bar or loop component of the antique silver-plated pewter round floral design toggle clasp to that jump ring.
Step four: After twisting the ribbons together, it's time to close off the other end of the ribbons with an end cap. Using another 4x4mm crimp tube, crimp both of the ribbons together with the 2-inch gunmetal plated 20 gauge eye pin, making sure the top of the eye pin is in the crimp tube. Now that the ribbon ends are crimped to the eye pin, push all of this into the 6mm antique silver-plated pewter filigree end cap so that the end of the eye pin is sticking out of the stringing hole of the end cap.
Step five: Create a wrapped loop with the end of the eye pin. For more information on how to do this, see our Handy Tip instructions. Repeat steps one through five to make the other half of the top part of this necklace.
Step six: Now it's time to start adding multiple strands. Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 18 inches long. Attach a jump ring to the end of the jewelry wire using a 2x2 mm crimp tube. String on a pattern of the Swarovski 5mm round pearl in Light Grey, a sterling silver 3.25mm spacer disc, a Swarovski 9mm asymmetrical pearl in Dark Grey and another spacer disc. Repeat this pattern ten times and end it with another round pearl. Next, string on an alternating pattern of the Swarovski 28mm wave in jet and the Cande Pavé 8mm silver-plated black diamond crystal round bead. Make a mirror image of the first pattern of round and asymmetrical pearls on the other side of this pattern. Attach a jump ring with a 2x2mm crimp tube. Attach the jump rings to the two wrapped loops you made in step five.
Step seven: Cut the silver-plated oval link chain so that it is 21 links in length, or approximately 15 inches. Attach to the wrapped loops using jump rings. It is important to make sure each new strand is attached to the wrapped loop by working your way up. The jump rings you add will be attached above the last jump ring you added to the wrapped loop.
Step eight: Cut the antique silver-plated circle and oval link chain so that it is 13 links in length or approximately 13 inches. Attach to each wrapped loop using jump rings.
Step nine: Cut the 5mm gunmetal-plated textured circular cable chain so that it is approximately 11 inches in length. Attach to each wrapped loop using jump rings.
Step ten: For the last strand, cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 9 inches long. Attach a jump ring to one end using a 2x2mm crimp tube. String on one Swarovski 4mm faceted round in Crystal AB followed by a Swarovski 9mm briolette pendant in Jet. Repeat this about 26 times to create an alternating pattern and finish the strand with a Crystal AB faceted round. Attach a jump ring to the other end using a 2x2mm crimp tube. Attach these jump rings to each of the wrapped loops. Your beautiful Biarritz necklace is now complete!
Approximate size: 23 inches Estimated time: Less than 2 hours Difficulty level: Beginner
Tools and Supplies Used:
ZambaPro® Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
ZambaPro® Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
ZambaPro® Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5525 28mm Wave Denim Blue (5525-DEB28)
Hand-Dyed Silk Pastels and Grey with Blue Edges (STRNG-0052)
Hand-Dyed Silk Midnight Blue and Light Blue with Copper Metallic Edges (STRNG-0044)
Swarovski 5826 9mm Asymmetrical Pearls Light Grey (5826-LTGRY9)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Petrol (5810-PET5)
Swarovski 6007 7mm Briolette Pendant Crystal (6007-CRYS7)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Denim Blue (5000-DEB4)
Gunmetal-Plated 3+1 Small Round and Oval Link Chain (BGMCH26)
070 Diamond Cut Rollo Chain (925CH60)