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The Moonlit Mermaid Jewelry Set

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The Moonlit Mermaid Jewelry Set Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Many legends tell of mysterious mermaids perching on rocks and singing in the middle of the night. The porcelain beads in this jewelry set bring those legends to life wonderfully. Ocean blue colors mingle with celestial golds, complementing the mermaid scene depicted on the porcelain beads. Everyone will be entranced by the harmonious mermaid style of this jewelry set!

Necklace:


Step one:
To make the beaded tassel of the necklace, cut a yard of FireLine. Make a knot around the loop of a sterling silver 22 gauge 2-inch eye pin. String 19 seed beads from the Seabreeze 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend onto the thread, followed by the Swarovski 16mm Indicolite starfish pendant. Add three more seed beads to the thread, then bring your needle back through the first 16 beads on the strand. Go back around the eye pin and back through the beads to strengthen the strand. Knot again at the eye pin to secure the strand.

Step two:
Use the same technique in step one for the rest of the strands, but follow these stringing patterns for the rest of the strands:
  • String 17-20 seed beads, followed by a bead from the Swarovski 4mm Round Southwest Flair Designer Blend and three more seed beads. Go back up through the Swarovski round and the first seed beads strung. Repeat to make three more strands.
  • String 16 seed beads, followed by the Nunn Design antique silver-plated pewter seahorse charm. Go back up through the seed beads.
String a 10mm antique brass-plated pewter filigree end cap onto the eye pin, followed by a 4mm Southwest Flair bead. Attach it to the bead cap end of the sterling silver 22 gauge 3-inch bead cap eye pin by creating a wrapped loop. Instead of trimming the wire, you can wrap the excess around the Swarovski bead. Then, string a seed bead onto the bead cap eye pin, followed by the 30x40mm oval mermaid porcelain bead and another seed bead. Make a wrapped loop at the top of the eye pin. Set your pendant with tassel aside for now.

Step three:
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 20 inches long. String a 14K/20 gold-filled 2x2mm crimp tube onto the wire, followed by the 6mm antique brass-plated open jump ring. Bring the wire back through the crimp tube and crimp in place. For help with crimping, see our Handy Tip. Then, add a 3mm gold-filled crimp cover to the crimp tube. Learn how to use a crimp cover here. Attach the TierraCast brass oxide pewter heirloom clasp set to the jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video.

Step four:
String the following pattern onto the wire:
  • One TierraCast antique gold 5mm coiled Heishi spacer
  • One Swarovski 6mm round from the Southwest Flair Designer Blend
  • One Swarovski 5mm round pearl in Petrol
  • One 6mm Southwest Flair Swarovski round
Repeat this pattern nine times, then add a 5mm heishi spacer and three seed beads. String your pendant onto the wire and make a mirror image of the bead pattern on the other side of the pendant. Don't be afraid to randomize the colors of the Southwest Flair beads in your pattern.

Step five:
String a crimp tube onto the end of the wire, followed by a jump ring. Bring the wire back through the crimp tube and crimp in place. Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Attach the other half of the clasp to the jump ring.

Earrings:


Step one:
String the 18x24mm oval mermaid porcelain bead onto a 2-inch sterling silver 22 gauge eye pin. Then, string on a heishi spacer, a Petrol pearl and another heishi spacer. Make a simple loop at the top of the beads. Attach the sterling silver French hook earwire with ball and coil to the earring by opening the simple loop and inserting the earwire. Close the loop to secure the earwire in place.

Step two:
String a 4mm Southwest Flair bead onto a 22 gauge sterling silver 1-inch head pin. Attach it to the loop at the bottom of the earring by making a simple loop. Repeat three times, mixing up the colors used as you go. Repeat steps one and two to make the other earring.
Approximate Size: 17 Inches
Estimated Time: 2 Hours
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
ZambaPro Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019)
The BeadSmith Crystal FireLine - 50 Yards (6LB Test) (FL06CR50)
Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
German Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-504)
German Ergonomic Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-506)
Beadalon Stainless Steel Big Eye Needles 2.25 Inch Length (4 Pack) (SUP-0057)
List of Components:
Necklace:
30x40mm Oval Mermaid Porcelain Bead (BEAD-3834, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Round Southwest Flair Designer Blend (ADB0167, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Southwest Flair Designer Blend (ADB0158, qty 1)
Seabreeze 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0001, qty 1)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Petrol (5810-PET5, qty 20)
TierraCast Antique Gold 5mm Coiled Heishi Spacer (GA-5583, qty 22)
10mm Antique Brass-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap (FIND-0892, qty 1)
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Heirloom Clasp Set (BRO-6070, qty 1)
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring (BBA-OJR06, qty 2)
14K/20 Gold-Filled 2x2mm Crimp Tube (GF-CRM2, qty 2)
3mm Gold-Filled Crimp Cover (GF-CCOV01, qty 2)
Swarovski 6721 16mm Starfish Pendant Indicolite (6721-IND16, qty 1)
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Seahorse Charm (CHARM-3687, qty 1)
Sterling Silver 22 Gauge 3-Inch Bead Cap Eye Pin (FIND-0548, qty 1)
2-inch Eye Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-EP22, qty 1)
Earrings:
18x24mm Oval Mermaid Porcelain Bead (BEAD-3835, qty 2)
Sterling Silver French Hook Earwire with Ball and Coil (SS-EAR09, qty 2)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Southwest Flair Designer Blend (ADB0158, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Gold 5mm Coiled Heishi Spacer (GA-5583, qty 4)
1-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-HP21, qty 8)
2-inch Eye Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-EP22, qty 2)
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl Petrol (5810-PET5, qty 2)



Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
30x40mm Oval Koi Fish Porcelain Bead (BEAD-3828)
18x24mm Oval Koi Fish Porcelain Bead (BEAD-3829)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Round Sandy Beaches Designer Blend (ADB0166)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Sandy Beaches Designer Blend (ADB0157)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

30 x 40mm Oval Mermaid Porcelain Bead
Code: BEAD-3834
Length 40mm, Width 30mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
Sale Price: $12.89
Price: $15.57
Qty>
18 x 24mm Oval Mermaid Porcelain Bead
Code: BEAD-3835
Length 24.5mm, Width 18mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
Sale Price: $5.70
Price: $6.85
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Round Southwest Flair Designer Blend
Code: ADB0167
Sale Price: $35.53
Price: $42.99
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Southwest Flair Designer Blend
Code: ADB0158
Sale Price: $33.18
Price: $38.99
Qty>
Artbeads Seabreeze Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads
Code: ADB0001
Sale Price: $4.19
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Crystal Pearl Petrol
Code: 5810-PET5
Length 5mm, Diameter 5mm, Hole Size .644mm/22 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.13 $0.11$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Gold-Plated Pewter 5mm Coiled Heishi Spacer
Code: GA-5583
Length 3mm, Width 5mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.42 $0.37$0.39 $0.34$0.37 $0.32
Qty>
B&B Benbassat 10mm Antique Brass-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap
Code: FIND-0892
Inside Diameter 9.5mm, Length 12mm, Hole Size 2mm/12 gauge 
1-34-78+
$4.72 $4.00$4.46 $3.78$4.22 $3.58
Qty>
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Heirloom Toggle Clasp Set
Code: BRO-6070
Loop 20mm x 15mm, Bar 24mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.48 $2.19$2.34 $2.07$2.20 $1.94
Qty>
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring
Code: BBA-OJR06
Length 6mm, Width 6mm, 18 gauge 
Sale Price: $0.04
Price: $0.05
Qty>
14K/20 Gold-Filled 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Code: GF-CRM2
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.19 $0.16$0.18 $0.16$0.16 $0.14
Qty>
3mm Gold-Filled Crimp Cover
Code: GF-CCOV01
3mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.34 $0.30$0.32 $0.28$0.30 $0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 6721 16mm Starfish Pendant Indicolite
Code: 6721-IND16
Height 16mm, Width 17mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.39 $2.12$2.25 $2.00$2.12 $1.88
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Seahorse Charm
Code: CHARM-3687
Length 23mm, Width 10mm, Hole Size 1.6mm/14 gauge 
1-78-1516+
$2.04 $1.68$1.92 $1.58$1.81 $1.49
Qty>
Sterling Silver 22 Gauge 3-Inch Bead Cap Eye Pin
Code: FIND-0548
Length 76mm, Stopper 3mm, Opening Diameter 1.3mm/16 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.01 $1.69$1.89 $1.59$1.78 $1.50
Qty>
Sterling Silver French Hook Earwire with Ball and Coil (Pair)
Code: SS-EAR09
Height 25mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.32 $2.04$2.18 $1.91$2.06 $1.81
Qty>
1-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-HP21
Length 1 inch, 22 Gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.25 $0.22$0.22 $0.19$0.19 $0.16
Qty>

Alternate Components

30 x 40mm Oval Koi Fish Porcelain Bead
Code: BEAD-3828
Length 40.5mm, Width 29.5mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
Sale Price: $9.34
Price: $15.57
Qty>
18 x 24mm Oval Koi Fish Porcelain Bead
Code: BEAD-3829
Length 24mm, Width 18mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
Sale Price: $4.11
Price: $6.85
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Round Sandy Beaches Designer Blend
Code: ADB0166
Sale Price: $36.94
Price: $42.99
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Round Sandy Beaches Designer Blend
Code: ADB0157
Sale Price: $33.18
Price: $38.99
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

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
Qty>
The Beadsmith Crystal FireLine - 50 Yards (6LB Test)
Code: FL06CR50
Diameter .008 inches, 50 yards 
Sale Price: $8.29
Price: $9.29
Qty>
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Sale Price: $12.34
Price: $13.99
Qty>
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Sale Price: $7.64
Price: $8.63
Qty>
German Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-504
4 3/4 inches 
Sale Price: $24.13
Price: $26.99
Qty>
German Ergonomic Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-506
4 3/4 inches 
Sale Price: $24.15
Price: $26.99
Qty>
Beadalon Stainless Steel Big Eye Needles 2.25 Inch Length (4pc Pack)
Code: SUP-0057
1-45-910+
$3.47 $3.05$3.27 $2.88$3.09 $2.72
Qty>



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