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After Midnight Necklace

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After Midnight Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Create a spooky piece as your Halloween treat with this necklace! The intricate pendant features a stoneware square pendant with a haunting owl and stitched seed bead borders for added effect. The yellow and dark blue color theme goes well with the moon and star designs in the lovely focal piece.

To Create the Pendant:

Step one:
Fill the stringing hole of the dark blue with owl/moon stoneware Halloween square pendant with five minute two-part epoxy and let dry. Make sure your glue has left a smooth surface over the hole and has not recessed down into the hole. If this happens, fill the hole with more glue and let dry. Glue one Swarovski 5mm rivoli star flatback in Jet to the pendant to cover the hole. Attach another flatback star to the bottom left corner of the pendant. Use a jewel setter to help place your flatbacks in the right spot.

Step two:
Glue the pendant to a piece of Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Leave yourself about one inch of extra Stiff Stuff along the edge. Allow glue to dry.

Step three
Cut your white Nymo D bobbin to thread one short beading needle. Stitch a border around your stoneware pendant using Miyuki transparent silver-lined sapphire blue square cut beads. Thread the needle up through the Stiff Stuff, getting as close to the pendant as you can, string two beads on, and then back stitch your thread down through the Stiff Stuff. Continue this process until you make a complete border around the pendant. Repeat this same process using Miyuki transparent luster pale amber hex cut seed beads to create a border around your blue seed bead border. Trim any excess Stiff Stuff.

Step four:
Glue the Nunn Design antique gold-plated pewter fern link to the Stiff Stuff so it rests just above the pendant. Cut a second piece of Stiff Stuff to match the size of your beaded pendant and adhere to your first piece so the fern link is held in place between the two. Stitch along the edge to secure your two pieces together.

To Create the Rest of the Necklace:

Step one:
Cut three pieces of jewelry wire approximately 11 1/2 inches long. Attach one end of all three strands to a 5.5mm gold-plated 21 gauge open jump ring using 14K/20 gold-filled 2x2mm crimp tubes. For help with crimp tubes, visit our Handy Tip in the Learning Center on how to use a crimp tool. Attach your jump ring to the left side of the fern link. See our Handy Tip Video for help with jump rings. String each wire with the following beads, sticking close to this pattern but making each strand slightly different:
  • One to three Miyuki silver-lined sapphire square cut beads
  • One Miyuki pale amber hex cut seed bead
  • One or two square cut beads
  • One hex cut bead
  • One square cut bead
  • One Swarovski 4mm XILION bicone in Dark Sapphire
  • One square cut bead

Repeat until each strand is filled. Use a bead stopper to keep your strands tight.

Step two:
Loosely braid your three strands together and then connect the loose ends to one jump ring using crimp tubes. Attach this jump ring to the loop portion of the JBB gold-plated pewter textured oval toggle.

Step three
Repeat steps one and two on the right side of the fern link, substituting the bar portion of the toggle for the loop portion.
Approximate size: 23 inches
Estimated time: Less than 2 hours(plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
ZambaPro™ Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
ZambaPro™ Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Nymo D Bobbin White (NYD-WHT)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
Bead Stopper - 6-Piece Pack (BEADSTPR)
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges (EPOXY-5)
Jewel Setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
ZambaPro™ 49 .019 30FT Jewelry Wire (ZP49-30F-019)
Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Inch Single Sheet (LSS-001)
The BeadSmith #10 Short Beading Needles 20-Pack (NEED-09)
List of Components:
Stoneware Halloween Square Pendant - Dark Blue with Owl/Moon (SW-PEND111, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 8/0 Transparent Luster Pale Amber Hex Cut Seed Beads (DBLH0099, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 1.8mm Transparent Silver-Lined Sapphire Blue Square Cut Beads (SB18-0019, qty 1)
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Fern Link (PGA-LX010, qty 1)
5.5mm Gold-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring (GP-OJR06-A, qty 4)
14K/20 Gold-Filled 2x2mm Crimp Tube (GF-CRM2, qty 12)
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter Textured Oval Toggle (PG-TOG002, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Dark Sapphire (5328-SAPDK4, qty 79)
Swarovski 2816 5mm Rivoli Star Flatback Jet (2816-JET5, qty 2)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Stoneware Halloween Square Pendant - Light Blue with Owl (SW-PEND110)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Khaki (5328-KHAK4)
TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Medium Orange (TBRD11-30BF)
Gold-Filled Large Twist Toggle with Ball End (ISCL-0093)
TierraCast® Gold-Plated Pewter Oval Quatrefoil Link 18-18.5x13.5mm (G-3142)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Miyuki 8g 1.8mm Transparent Silver-Lined Sapphire Blue Square Cut Beads
Code: SB18-0019
Size 1.8mm, 8 g bag 
$1.75 $1.51$1.65 $1.43$1.55 $1.34
5.5mm Gold-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: GP-OJR06-A
Diameter 5.5mm, 21 gauge 
Sale Price: $0.04
Price: $0.05
14K/20 Gold-Filled 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Code: GF-CRM2
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
$0.19 $0.16$0.18 $0.16$0.16 $0.14
Swarovski 2816 5mm Rivoli Star Flatback Jet
Code: 2816-JET5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm, Total Height 1.75mm 

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Khaki
Code: 5328-KHAK4
Length 4mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
$0.15 $0.13$0.14 $0.12$0.13 $0.11
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Medium Orange
Code: TBRD11-30BF
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
$1.53 $1.26$1.44 $1.18$1.35 $1.11
B&B Benbassat Gold-Filled Large Twist Toggle Clasp with Ball End
Code: ISCL-0093
Loop 21x17mm, Bar 33mm 
$18.57 $16.47$17.67 $15.67$16.81 $14.91

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.78
Price: $7.67
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Sale Price: $12.34
Price: $13.99
Nymo D Bobbin White
Size D (64 yards) 
Sale Price: $1.67
Price: $1.89
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Sale Price: $7.64
Price: $8.63
Bead Stopper - 6-Piece Pack
$4.46 $3.88$4.22 $3.67$3.99 $3.47
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 30ml Dual Cartridges
Code: EPOXY-5
Sale Price: $6.10
Price: $6.99
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Sale Price: $2.21
Price: $2.48
Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
Code: ZP49-30F-019
Diameter .019 inches, Length 30 feet 
Sale Price: $11.60
Price: $12.99
Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Inch Single Sheet
Code: LSS-001
Length 4.25 Inches, Width 5.5 Inches 
$2.74 $2.42$2.58 $2.28$2.44 $2.16
The Beadsmith 10 Short Beading Needles 20-Pack
Code: NEED-09
Length 1 inch, Size 10 
$2.52 $2.23$2.37 $2.10$2.24 $1.98

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