Russian Lullaby Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
When the nights get longer and the air gets colder, this Russian Lullaby necklace will bring warm colors into your looks when you need them the most. Imagine the painted bird featured on the large pendant singing a chirping refrain and your spirits will be lifted every time you wear it.
Creating the Pendant
Step one: Create a seed bead bezel around the 46mm red robin on black background découpage square pendant. For more instruction on how to do this, check out our Handy Tip on how to make a two-seed-bead backstitch. You can use felt from a craft store for the backing. We used a textured piece that ties in with the swirling patterns on the pendant. For the inner pattern of the bezel, you will start at the top center of the pendant and use about 77 of the TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in opaque shiny jet black. Finish the inner pattern with approximately 37 of the TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in matte sage/pewter. Finish the bezel with a with a beaded edge using the brick technique using the TOHO11/0 bead rounds in gilt-lined alabaster.
Step two: Put the sterling silver 22 gauge 3-inch bead cap eye pin through the hole of the pendant, making sure the bead cap part of the eye pin is at the bottom of the pendant. Create a wrapped loop at the other end of the eye pin.
Step three: Cut three lengths of the gunmetal-plated Rolo chain approximately 1 inch long each or 12 links long each. Attach a Swarovski 10mm XILION mini pear pendant in Jet to each chain using a 5mm gunmetal-plated 18 gauge open jump ring. For help using jump rings, see our jump ring Handy Tip video. Attach the three chains to a 5.5mm gunmetal-plated 21 gauge open jump ring. Use a 5mm gunmetal-plated jump ring to attach the dangle to the bead cap end of the eye pin.
Creating the Necklace
Step one: Attach the bar component of the gunmetal-plated 21mm dotted toggle clasp to an 8mm gunmetal-plated 18 gauge open jump ring. Cut the gunmetal-plated double ball link chain approximately 9 inches long and use a 4.5mm gunmetal-plated 21 gauge open jump ring to attach it to the 8mm jump ring. You can adjust the length of the chain to suit your needs and this will determine the length of the rest of your jewelry strands. Add a 5.5mm jump ring to the other end of the chain.
Step two: Cut two lengths of jewelry wire approximately 12 inches long each. Crimp each strand to the 8mm jump ring using sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tubes. See our Handy Tip video for more information on how to use a crimp tube. On one strand, string on TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in salmon lined rose and intersperse these beads with TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in jet Picasso in groups of three and one. Attach the end to the 5.5mm jump ring from step one using a crimp tube. On the other strand, string on the salmon lined rose TOHOs and intersperse four jet Picasso TOHOs throughout the pattern. Attach the end of this strand to the same 5.5mm jump ring.
Step three: Attach the loop component of the toggle clasp to an 8mm jump ring as you did in step one. Cut three lengths of jewelry wire approximately 12 inches long each and attach each to the 8mm jump ring using crimp tubes. String a solid pattern of the salmon lined rose TOHOs onto two of the strands and attach each of them to a 5.5mm jump ring using crimp tubes. On the last strand, string on a pattern of three jet Picasso TOHOs followed by one Swarovski 5mm XILION bicone in Rose Peach. Repeat this pattern 18 times and finish the strand with three jet Picasso TOHOs. Attach the end of this strand to the 5.5mm jump ring using a crimp tube.
Step four: Use two 5mm jump rings to attach the necklace strands to the Jill MacKay stainless steel Marie Claire chandelier. Use the sterling silver open jump ring to attach the bottom open hole of the chandelier to the wrapped loop on the pendant.
Approximate size: 18 ¼ inches Estimated time: Less than 3 hours (plus dry time) Difficulty level: Intermediate
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) Nymo D Bobbin Black (NYD-BLK) Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Inch Single Sheet (LSS-001) Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive (GEMTAC) The BeadSmith #12 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-11) ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019)
List of Components: Gunmetal-Plated 21mm Dotted Toggle Clasp (BGM-TOG02, qty 1) TOHO™ Bead Round Hybrid 8/0 Jet Picasso (TBRD8-Y302, qty 1) TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Salmon Lined Rose (TBRD11-2201, qty 1) Gunmetal-Plated Double Ball Link Chain (BTF-0117, qty 1) Jill MacKay Stainless Steel Marie Claire Chandelier (EAR-0029, qty 1) Swarovski 5328 5mm XILION Bicone Rose Peach (5328-ROP5, qty 18) Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM2, qty 10) 8mm Gunmetal-Plated 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BGM-OJR08, qty 2) 5.5mm Gunmetal-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BGM-OJR06-A, qty 3) 4.5mm Gunmetal-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BGM-OJR04-A, qty 1) 46mm Red Robin on Black Background Découpage Square Pendant (PEND-0294, qty 1) TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Gilt-Lined Alabaster (TBRD11-2100, qty 1) TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Opaque Shiny Jet Black (TBRD11-49, qty 1) TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Matte Sage/Pewter (TBRD11-512F, qty 1) Sterling Silver 22 Gauge 3-Inch Bead Cap Eye Pin (FIND-0548, qty 1) Gunmetal-Plated Rolo Chain (BGMCH24, qty 1) Swarovski 6128 10mm XILION Mini Pear Pendant Jet (6128-JET10, qty 3) Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .180 inches (0.90 x 4.60mm) (SS-OJR35-C, qty 1) 5mm Gunmetal-Plated 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BGM-OJR04, qty 6)
Alternate Components: These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Gunmetal-Plated Brass Filigree Oval Lightweight Toggle Clasp (CLASP-0305) Gunmetal-Plated Twist Link Chain (BGMCH04) JBB Antique Sterling Silver Curly Triangle Chandelier (SSA-CHAN006) 46mm Blue Bird on Black Background Découpage Square Pendant (PEND-0293) TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Marbled Opaque Turquoise/Blue (TBRD8-1207) TOHO™ Bead Round 11/0 Light Jonquil Lined Aqua (TBRD11-954) Swarovski 6128 10mm XILION Pear Pendant Denim Blue (6128-DEB10) Gunmetal-Plated Medium Rolo Chain (BGMCH09)