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Cactus Flower Necklace

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Cactus Flower Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

All year long, the cactus waits for rain so it can release a flower bud, anticipating the moment it can burst to life. Much like when we wait for fall to save us from long days and sweltering blacktops, the soothing autumn air moves in and blesses the cactus with just a kiss of precipitation so its flower can bloom. The warm copper accents in this necklace are cooled by small drops of turquoise-jade pearls, a refreshing combination perfect for fall fashion.

Step one:
To make the kumihimo braid, read our Handy Tip on kumihimo braiding with beads. We used super-lon bead cord in a fall mix and TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in dark copper to make the braid. Follow Steps one and two on How to finish a kumihimo braid, using Nymo D thread. You can add a drop of BeadFix adhesive before cutting the excess bead cord to stiffen up the ends. Once the adhesive is dry, cut the excess bead cord close to the Nymo D end wrap. Do not add a crimp to the end yet.

Step two:
Thread one #12 short beading needle with approximately 12 inches of Nymo D thread. Choose one bead in the center of the kumihimo braid and pass it through the bead once, leaving a 2 ½ inch tail of thread. Then, thread the needle through the center of one Kabela Design antique copper-plated brass dianthus flower embellishment.

Step three:
Bring the thread down the side of the flower, then pass it through the bead and once more through the center of the flower. Don't worry about the thread being visible in the center of the flower embellishment as this will be hidden under a flatback. Repeat this step several times to secure the flower. Be sure to use the initial 2 ½ inch tail of thread from Step two to tie knots as needed while securing the flower embellishment. End with a final knot and cut the excess thread.

Step four:
Perform Steps two and three for the remaining flowers, securing them on either side of the first flower.

Step five:
Glue one Swarovski SS34 XILION rose flatback in Crystal Copper to the center of each flower with 5-minute two-part epoxy and allow to dry.

Step six:
Cut one strand of jewelry wire approximately 9 inches long. Choose one TOHO bead at one end of the kumihimo braid, and loop the wire through it. Make sure to choose a bead that will be on the back side of the necklace design.

Step seven:
String one 4x4mm sterling silver crimp tube onto the open end of jewelry wire. Slide this crimp all the way down the jewelry wire and over the trimmed end of the kumihimo braid. Be sure to include the jewelry wire that loops through the TOHO bead from Step six in the crimp as well. Once the braid end and the jewelry wire are all in the crimp tube, flatten the crimp tube using chain nose pliers to hold it all in place.

Step eight:
String one 6mm antique copper-plated pewter leaves end cap onto the open end of the jewelry wire. Slide the end cap all the way down the wire until the cap rests over the end of the kumihimo braid and covers the crimped end.

Step nine:
String the following pattern onto the wire: one Swarovski 5mm round pearl in Jade, one TierraCast copper 4mm hex heishi spacer, three Swarovski 8mm round beads in Bordeaux and one more spacer. Repeat this four more times and then add one more Jade pearl and one more spacer.

Step ten:
Attach the wire end to the loop portion of the JBB antique brass flower and circles toggle clasp using one Tierracast antique copper 2x2mm crimp. Cover the crimp with one 4mm antique copper-plated crimp cover. Learn how to use a crimp tube and how to use a crimp cover by reading our Handy Tip in the Learning Center.

Step eleven:
Repeat Steps six through ten for the other side of the braid, replacing the loop portion of the clasp with the bar portion in Step ten.
Approximate size: 20 inches
Estimated time: Less than 3 hours
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Nymo Size D Mix Tube - 10 Bobbins (NYM-MX-TB5)
The BeadSmith Super-Lon Bead Cord Fall Mix - 12 Spools, 77 yards ea. (SLON-MIX11)
ZambaPro® Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
ZambaPro® Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)
Jewel Setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112)
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges (EPOXY-5)
The BeadSmith #12 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-11)
Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Plate with Instructions (TOOL-616)
The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole (SUP-0051)
BeadFix - super fast adhesive - 3 gram (TOOL-163)
List of Components:
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Bordeaux (5810-BXP8, qty 30)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Jade (5810-JAD5, qty 12)
6mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Leaves End Cap (FIND-0869, qty 2)
Kabela Design Antique Copper-Plated Brass Dianthus Flower Embellishment (EMBMT-0168, qty 3)
Swarovski 2028 SS34 XILION Rose Flatback Crystal Copper (2028-COP34, qty 3)
4x4mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tube (SS-CRM12, qty 2)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Dark Copper (TBRD8-222, qty 2)
TierraCast Copper 4mm Hex Heishi Spacer (CA-0411, qty 22)
JBB Antique Copper-Plated Pewter 3 Petal Leaf Toggle Clasp (PCA-TOG004, qty 1)
4mm Antique Copper-Plated Crimp Cover (FIND-0503, qty 2)
TierraCast Antique Copper 2x2mm Crimp (C-0033, qty 2)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Kabela Design Antique Brass Flower Embellishment (EMBMT-0169)
Kabela Antique Silver-Plated Brass Diathesis Flower Embellishment (EMBMT-0164)
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap (FIND-0897)
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Pewter Squiggle End Cap (FIND-0874)
JBB Antique Brass Flower and Circles Toggle Clasp (BBA-TOG08)
JBB Sterling Silver Leafy Toggle Clasp (ISCL-0068)
TierraCast 4mm Brass Oxide Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer 1.5-2x4mm (BRO-0440)
Bali Silver Thin Spacer of Twisted Wire (BSP0016)
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Night Blue (5810-NBLU8)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Swarovski Pearl Platinum (5810-PLP5)
TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Higher-Metallic Blue/Purple Iris (TBRD8-505)
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Capri Blue (2058-BLU34)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Bordeaux
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Bordeaux
Code: 5810-BXP8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.22 $0.17$0.20 $0.16$0.18 $0.14
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Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Jade
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Jade
Code: 5810-JAD5
Length 5mm, Diameter 5mm, Hole Size .644mm/22 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.11 $0.08$0.10 $0.08$0.09 $0.07
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6mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Leaves End Cap
6mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Leaves End Cap
Code: FIND-0869
Inside Diameter 5.5mm, Length 8.5-9mm, Hole Size 2mm 
1-910-1920+
$2.28 $1.82$2.06 $1.64$1.86 $1.48
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Kabela Design Antique Copper-Plated Brass Dianthus Flower Embellishment
Kabela Design Antique Copper-Plated Brass Dianthus Flower Embellishment
Code: EMBMT-0168
Diameter 30mm, Total Height 7mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-34-78+
$5.59 $4.47$4.99 $3.99$4.49 $3.59
Qty>
2028 SS34 XILION Rose Flatback Crystal Copper
2028 SS34 XILION Rose Flatback Crystal Copper
Code: 2028-COP34
Diameter 7.06-7.27mm, Total Height 2.5mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.34$0.30$0.27
Qty>
4x4mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tube
4x4mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM12
Length 4mm, Width 4mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.66 $0.52$0.60 $0.48$0.54 $0.43
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Dark Copper
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Dark Copper
Code: TBRD8-222
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.59 $2.07$2.39 $1.91$2.19 $1.75
Qty>
TierraCast Copper 4mm Hex Heishi Spacer
TierraCast Copper 4mm Hex Heishi Spacer
Code: CA-0411
Diameter 4mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.13 $0.10$0.11 $0.08$0.10 $0.08
Qty>
JBB Antique Copper-Plated Pewter 3 Petal Leaf Toggle Clasp
JBB Antique Copper-Plated Pewter 3 Petal Leaf Toggle Clasp
Code: PCA-TOG004
Loop 23x19mm, Bar 28.5mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.50 $2.00$2.26 $1.80$2.04 $1.63
Qty>
4mm Antique Copper-Plated Crimp Cover
4mm Antique Copper-Plated Crimp Cover
Code: FIND-0503
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 4mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.16$0.15$0.13
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Copper 2x2mm Crimp
TierraCast Antique Copper 2x2mm Crimp
Code: C-0030
2x2mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.08 $0.06$0.07 $0.05$0.06 $0.04
Qty>

Alternate Components

Kabela Design Antique Brass Flower Embellishment
Kabela Design Antique Brass Flower Embellishment
Code: EMBMT-0169
Diameter 26mm, Total Height 6mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
Price: $5.59
Qty>
Kabela Design Antique Silver-Plated Brass Dianthus Flower Embellishment
Kabela Design Antique Silver-Plated Brass Dianthus Flower Embellishment
Code: EMBMT-0164
Diameter 30mm, Total Height 7mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-34-78+
$6.69 $5.35$5.99 $4.79$5.39 $4.31
Qty>
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap
Code: FIND-0897
Inside Diameter 5.5mm, Length 8.5mm, Hole Size 2mm/12 gauge 
1-910-1920+
$2.28 $1.82$2.06 $1.64$1.86 $1.48
Qty>
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Pewter Squiggle End Cap
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Pewter Squiggle End Cap
Code: FIND-0874
Inside Diameter 5.5mm, Length 9mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-910-1920+
$2.28 $1.82$2.06 $1.64$1.86 $1.48
Qty>
JBB Antique Brass Flower and Circles Toggle Clasp
JBB Antique Brass Flower and Circles Toggle Clasp
Code: BBA-TOG08
Loop 23x18mm, Bar 30mm 
Price: $4.04
Qty>
JBB Sterling Silver Leafy Toggle Clasp
JBB Sterling Silver Leafy Toggle Clasp
Code: ISCL-0068
Loop 15.5mm, Bar 25.5mm 
1-34-78+
$7.79 $6.23$6.99 $5.59$6.39 $5.11
Qty>
TierraCast 4mm Brass Oxide Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer 1.5-2x4mm
TierraCast 4mm Brass Oxide Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer 1.5-2x4mm
Code: BRO-0440
Length 1.5-2mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-5960-119120+
$0.13 $0.10$0.11 $0.08$0.10 $0.08
Qty>
Bali Silver Thin Spacer of Twisted Wire
Bali Silver Thin Spacer of Twisted Wire
Code: BSP0016
Length 1mm, Diameter 5mm 
1-1920-3940+
$1.07 $0.85$0.97 $0.77$0.87 $0.69
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Night Blue
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Night Blue
Code: 5810-NBLU8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.22 $0.17$0.20 $0.16$0.18 $0.14
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 5mm Swarovski Pearl Platinum
Swarovski 5810 5mm Swarovski Pearl Platinum
Code: 5810-PLP5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.11 $0.08$0.10 $0.08$0.09 $0.07
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Higher-Metallic Blue/Purple Iris
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Higher-Metallic Blue/Purple Iris
Code: TBRD8-505
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.51$1.74 $1.39$1.59 $1.27
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Capri Blue
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Capri Blue
Code: 2058-BLU34
DIA 7.06-7.27mm, H 3mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.36 $0.28$0.32 $0.25$0.29 $0.23
Qty>

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Nymo Size D Mix Tube - 10 Bobbins
Nymo Size D Mix Tube - 10 Bobbins
Code: NYM-MX-TB5
Size D 
Sale Price: $10.39
Price: $12.99
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The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Fall Mix - 12 Spools, 77 yards ea.
The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Fall Mix - 12 Spools, 77 yards ea.
Code: SLON-MIX11
Approx. 77 yards 
Sale Price: $27.19
Price: $33.99
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Chain Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $5.67
Price: $7.09
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Bead Crimper Tool
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Sale Price: $11.19
Price: $13.99
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Nipper Tool
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Sale Price: $6.31
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Large Loop Scissors
Large Loop Scissors
Code: TOOL-123
Length 4-inches 
Sale Price: $3.93
Price: $4.92
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The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Sale Price: $1.98
Price: $2.48
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Knotting Tweezers
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Sale Price: $3.42
Price: $4.28
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5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges
Code: EPOXY-5
28ml 
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The BeadSmith 12 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack
The BeadSmith 12 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack
Code: NEED-11
Length 1 inch, Size 12 
1-910-1920+
$2.18 $1.74$1.98 $1.58$1.78 $1.42
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The Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk with Instructions
The Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk with Instructions
Code: TOOL-616
Diameter 6 Inches, Thickness 3/8 Inch 
1-56-1112+
$5.52 $4.41$4.97 $3.97$4.52 $3.61
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The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole
The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole
Code: SUP-0051
Diameter 46mm, Hole Size 10mm 
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Price: $0.52
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BeadFix - Super Fast Adhesive - 3 gram
BeadFix - Super Fast Adhesive - 3 gram
Code: TOOL-163
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