With warm topaz and tangerine touches fused with opalescent blues, this bright necklace design pops off the pages of fashion magazines and straight into your summer wardrobe! This idea is great inspiration for what to do with our fun YoYo beads.
Cut the antique copper-plated large circle link chain into one strand approximately 16.5 inches long.
Thread one 1.5-inch antique copper-plated 23 gauge head pin with the following pattern:
one TOHO 11/0 bead round in trans-lustered light tangerine
one Swarovski 3mm XILION bicone in Light Smoke Topaz
one Swarovski 4mm XILION bicone in Chrysolite Opal
one 3mm Light Smoked Topaz bicone
Attach it to one end of the chain by finishing it with a wrapped loop technique. Repeat this step for the other end of the chain, substituting the 3mm Light Smoke Topaz bicones for Swarovski 3mm XILION bicones in Chrysolite Opal and the 4mm Chrysolite Opal bicone for one Swarovski 4mm XILION bicone in Light Smoke Topaz.
Cut approximately three feet of Fireline thread. Thread it onto one short beading needle. String enough TOHOs onto the thread to fit snugly around the Unicorne Beads brown boro glass YoYo bead (inside the groove). We used approximately 24 beads, but the number will change due to the varying size of the YoYos. This will be referred to as the "base row" of beads. Tie the two ends together to secure the beads, leaving a tail approximately 3 inches long.
Next, we will make the "rays" for the sun burst. With the needle attached to the longer thread end, add one TOHO, one 4mm bicone in Chrysolite Opal and three more TOHOs onto the thread. Bring the needle back down through the bicone and first TOHO, and then through the two nearest base row beads. Repeat this step for the next "ray", replacing the 4mm Chrysolite Opal bicone with one Swarovski 3mm XILION bicone in Light Smoked Topaz. Create five more Chrysolite Opal "rays" and four more Light Smoked Topaz "rays" around the YoYo bead in an alternating pattern. After the last ray, pass the needle through the nearest single base row bead instead of the nearest two. There will be an open space remaining between the first ray and the last ray, where the bail will fit.
To create the bail on the sun burst in this space between the first and last ray, string ten TOHOs onto the needle. Loop the needle through the center link on the chain and then back down through the next closest base row bead. Add ten more TOHOs, go back though the center chain link and back down through the next closest base row bead. Tie the needle end thread in a double knot to the tail to hold the loop bails in place and burn off the thread ends.
Repeat Steps three through five, alternating between bicone sizes and colors to make a sun burst with 4mm Light Smoked Topaz bicones and 3mm Chrysolite opal bicones. Attach this to the right of the first sun burst. Repeat this process to create the same sun burst for the left of the first sun burst. Then, make one sun burst with 4mm Chrysolite Opal bicones and 3mm Light Smoke Topaz bicones. Attach this to the left of the newest sun burst and create a second similar sun burst to attach to the other side of the chain, to the right of the previous sun burst. This should leave the chain with five sun bursts that alternate color patterns.
Because this necklace is meant to be adjustable, add the JBB 27mm antique copper-plated brass swivel S hook clasp to one link near the end of the chain. Connect the other end of the clasp to the opposite end of the chain to leave symmetrical dangles on the ends.
Approximate size: Adjustable 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)
The BeadSmith #11 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-10)
The BeadSmith Crystal Fireline - 50 Yards (6LB Test) (FL06CR50)
Chain Stä (CHNSTAY)
Perfect End Thread Burner (BURN)