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Papillon Necklace

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Papillon Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

The combination of the ornate butterfly pendant with gorgeous Swarovski crystals and edgy gunmetal components results in a dramatic necklace full of warmth and movement. For a complete look, wear this necklace with its matching earrings. For free design instructions for the Papillon earrings, please click here.

Step one: Create the 4mm fire opal drops by attaching each of the 12 faceted rounds to a 1.5-inch gunmetal-plated 23 gauge head pin and finish with simple loops. Attach the 6 Swarovski 6mm hyacinth faceted rounds to head pins and finish with simple loops. Then attach each of the four jet faceted rounds to its own head pin, followed by a 6mm sand opal crystal cube and finish the drops with simple loops.

Step two: Place the black onyx butterfly pendant on your 20 gauge gunmetal eye pin, followed by the 8mm sand opal roundelle and the 4mm hyacinth faceted round. Finish this eye pin with a simple loop. Attach the 4mm hyacinth faceted round to another gunmetal-plated head pin and finish with a simple loop. Slightly open the loop of this drop, attach it to the loop on the bottom of your head pin, and reclose the loop.

Step three: Cut the length of gunmetal-plated twist link chain that you desire for your necklace. For our necklace, we prepared approximately 18 inches of chain (22 links). Set aside the remainder of your chain for the earrings.

Step four: Find the center point of the chain. For us the center point fell between the 11th and 12th links. Slightly open the loop at the top of the black onyx butterfly pendant drop, attach it to the center loop between the chain links, and close the loop.

Step five: Moving away from the center of the necklace, attach two fire opal drop and one hyacinth drop to the center loop between the next two links. Attach the sand opal drop between the next two links, and repeat this pattern two more times with the faceted round drops; separated by another sand opal drop. Repeat this entire pattern on the other side of the butterfly pendant drop.

Step six: On one end of the necklace, attach the gunmetal-plated trigger clasp using a 21 gauge open jump ring. On the other end, attach another open jump ring. For more information on opening and closing jump rings, view this handy tip video.
Approximate size: 19 inches
Approximate cost: $44
Estimated time: Under an hour
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools Used:
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106) Round nose pliers (TOOL-108) Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Swarovski 5000 4mm faceted round fire opal (5000-FIRE4, qty 12)
Swarovski 5000 6mm faceted round fire opal (5000-FIRE6, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm faceted round hyacinth (5000-HY4, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 6mm faceted round hyacinth (5000-HY6, qty 6)
Swarovski 5000 3mm faceted round jet (5000-JET3, qty 4)
Swarovski 5040 8mm faceted roundelle sand opal (5040-SOP8, qty 1)
Swarovski 5601 6mm crystal cube sand opal (5601-SOP6, qty 4)
18x25mm oval black onyx butterfly (AB-AN5, qty 1)
Gunmetal-plated twist link chain (BGMCH04, qty 2)
12x17mm gunmetal-plated trigger clasp (BGM-CL03, qty 1)
2-inch gunmetal-plated 20 gauge eye pin (BGM-EP20-22, qty 1)
1.5-inch gunmetal-plated 23 gauge head pin (BGM-HP15-24, qty 23)
6mm gunmetal-plated 21 gauge open jump ring (BGM-OJR06-A, qty 2)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Fire Opal
Code: 5000-FIRE4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.33$0.30$0.27
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Fire Opal
Code: 5000-FIRE6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.48$0.44$0.40
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Hyacinth
Code: 5000-HY4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.24$0.21$0.19
Qty>
5000 6mm Faceted Round Hyacinth
Code: 5000-HY6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.32$0.29$0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 3mm Faceted Round Jet
Code: 5000-JET3
Diameter 3mm, Hole Size 22 gauge/.644mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.29$0.27$0.24
Qty>
Swarovski 5040 8mm Briolette Bead Sand Opal
Code: 5040-SOP8
Length 5.5mm, Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1920-3940+
$0.87$0.79$0.70
Qty>
Swarovski 5601 6mm Faceted Cube Sand Opal
Code: 5601-SOP6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.13$1.03$0.93
Qty>
18x25mm Oval Black Onyx Butterfly
Code: AB-AN5
Length 25mm, Width 18mm 
Price: $27.99
Qty>
Gunmetal-Plated Twist Link Chain
Code: BGMCH04
Link 15x1.5mm 
1-45-910+
$3.90$3.61$3.34
Qty>
Gunmetal-Plated 12x6.5mm Trigger Clasp
Code: BGM-CL03
Length 12mm, Width 6.5mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.46$0.42$0.38
Qty>
2-inch Gunmetal-Plated 20 Gauge Eye Pin
Code: BGM-EP20-22
Length 2 inches, 20 gauge 
1-7475-149150+
$0.12$0.11$0.10
Qty>
1.5-inch Gunmetal-Plated 23 Gauge Head Pin
Code: BGM-HP15-24
Length 1.5 inches, 23 gauge 
Price: $0.05
Qty>
5.5mm Gunmetal-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: BGM-OJR06-A
Diameter 5.5mm, 21 gauge 
Price: $0.05
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $10.74
Qty>



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