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Old Rugged Cross Necklace

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Old Rugged Cross Necklace Instructions
Designed by Teri McCamish

Like the layers of work on display, this necklace reveals layers of meaning. The rusted iron cross stands out as a symbol everyone can recognize, but the matte brown seed beads and sweet beaded blooms more subtly represent the dogwood, a tree with deep biblical connotations. Wear this necklace for the meaning behind it and to show the devotion and care that went into making it.

Step one:
Refer to our Tubular Herringbone PDF Diagram to create the rope for your necklace using the TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in matte opaque brown. Our rope is approximately 26 inches long and one 8 gram package of 8/0 TOHOs yields approximately six inches of herringbone rope. Sew the end rows of your rope together using the brick stitch.

Step two:
Attach the Lipstick Ranch rusted iron fancy cross with cut-out heart pendant to the center of your rope by creating a beaded bail with the Miyuki 11/0 opaque matte espresso bean Delicas. We made three loops for our beaded bail, with approximately 41 Delicas on each loop.

Step three:
Cut a foot-long piece of wire and fold it in half. Add six Miyuki transparent rainbow light gold matte 3.4mm drop fringe seed beads to the wire. Pull the wire ends tight to make a loop of drop fringe beads. Twist the wire two times and add six drop fringe beads to each end of the wire. Loop these beads around the loop you already created and twist both ends together in the back of the center of the beaded bud. Position the ends of the wire to point in opposite directions. Add a Dakota Stones cherry quartz 12mm coin bead to each end of the wire. Push the bead down toward the drop fringe beads and fold the rest of the wire over the back half of the bead. Do this for both ends of the wir and twist the ends together in the center of the flower. Position the ends in opposite directions perpendicular to the cherry quartz beads. Add a cherry quartz bead to each end, fold the wire over the back half of the bead and twist the wire together again. Repeat this step six times for a total of seven flowers.

Step four:
Attach the flowers in random places of your rope by working the wire ends into the herringbone tube. Add Miyuki transparent lime green silver-lined 3.4mm drop fringe seed beads in random places around the flowers by weaving them into the herringbone rope.
Approximate Size: 28 Inches
Estimated Time: Five Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 10 Yard Spool (AWR24SVR10)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown (STRNG-0112)
The BeadSmith 10 Short Beading Needles 20-Pack (NEED-09)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
Large Loop Scissors (TOOL-123)
List of Components:
The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Fancy Cross with Cut-Out Heart Pendant (PEND-0405, qty 1)
Dakota Stones Cherry Quartz 12mm Coin Bead Strand (R0479, qty 2)
Miyuki Transparent Rainbow Light Gold Matte 3.4mm Drop Fringe Seed Bead 8g Bag (DP0132FR, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Espresso Bean Delicas (DB1584, qty 1)
Miyuki Transparent Lime Green Silver-Lined 3.4mm Drop Fringe Seed Bead 8g Bag (DP0014, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Brown (TBRD8-46F, qty 5)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Fancy Cross Pendant (PEND-0412)
Czech Glass Bead Small Bell Flower Opaline Custard (CR-FL048)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Fancy Cross with Cut-Out Heart  Pendant
The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Fancy Cross with Cut-Out Heart Pendant
Code: PEND-0405
Length 63mm, Width 50mm, Hole Size 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-45-910+
$5.29$4.89$4.39
Qty>
Dakota Stones Cherry Quartz 12mm Coin Bead Strand
Dakota Stones Cherry Quartz 12mm Coin Bead Strand
Code: R0479
Strand Approx. 8 Inch, Length 11.5-12mm, Diameter 11.5-12mm 
1-23-56+
$9.27$8.27$7.47
Qty>
Miyuki Transparent Rainbow Light Gold Matte 3.4mm Drop Fringe Seed Bead 8g Bag
Miyuki Transparent Rainbow Light Gold Matte 3.4mm Drop Fringe Seed Bead 8g Bag
Code: DP0132FR
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-910-1920+
$1.88 $1.41$1.73 $1.29$1.58 $1.18
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Espresso Bean Delicas
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Espresso Bean Delicas
Code: DB1584
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$3.99 $2.99$3.69 $2.76$3.39 $2.54
Qty>
Miyuki Transparent Lime Green Silver-Lined 3.4mm Drop Fringe Seed Bead 8g Bag
Miyuki Transparent Lime Green Silver-Lined 3.4mm Drop Fringe Seed Bead 8g Bag
Code: DP0014
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-910-1920+
$1.77 $1.32$1.67 $1.25$1.53 $1.14
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Brown
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Brown
Code: TBRD8-46F
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1415-2930+
$1.39$1.29$1.19
Qty>

Alternate Components

The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Fancy Cross Pendant
The Lipstick Ranch Rusted Iron Fancy Cross Pendant
Code: PEND-0412
Length 37.5mm, Width 30mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-45-910+
$5.29$4.89$4.39
Qty>
Czech Glass Bead Small Bell Flower Opaline Custard
Czech Glass Bead Small Bell Flower Opaline Custard
Code: CR-FL048
Approx. Length 5.5mm, Width 9mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.26$0.23$0.20
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 10 Yard Spool
24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 10 Yard Spool
Code: AWR24SVR10
24 gauge, 10 yards 
1-23-45+
$4.49$4.19$3.89
Qty>
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Brown
Code: STRNG-0112
Length Approx. 55 yds 
1-56-1112+
$4.57$4.12$3.72
Qty>
The BeadSmith 10 Short Beading Needles 20-Pack
The BeadSmith 10 Short Beading Needles 20-Pack
Code: NEED-09
Length 1 inch, Size 10 
1-910-1920+
$2.06$1.84$1.66
Qty>
Nipper Tool
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Price: $7.89
Qty>
Large Loop Scissors
Large Loop Scissors
Code: TOOL-123
Length 4-inches 
Price: $4.92
Qty>



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