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Seven Feet of Splendor Necklace
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This is not your mother's strand of pearls! Over seven feet of bold freshwater nugget pearls, hand-crafted Bali beads and Swarovski crystals and pearls make up this stunning necklace. If you want to make a statement at your wedding or just on a night out, this is the necklace for you. Wrap it multiple times, knot it in front or wear it as a long drape down your back. You can even wrap it as a belt!
Step one: Cut approximately eight feet of Beadalon® .018 jewelry wire. It is essential that you use a Bead Stopper while you work on this project. There is too much weight, and the beads will want to come off the end of the strand.
Step two: Once you have one end securely in a Bead Stopper, begin stringing your pearls. We varied our freshwater pearls from three to ten and added our Swarovski pearls, crystals and Bali beads randomly throughout the strand. It may help you to lay out 12-16 inches at a time before stringing to make sure you get a look you love.
Step three: When you have the length you like, string a 2x2mm sterling silver crimp tube, followed by a round Bali bead with intricate design, another crimp tube, a 16mm light amethyst cosmic bead, another crimp tube, Bali bead and a final crimp. Secure the very end of this end of the wire in another Bead Stopper, leaving some working length. String the other end of the wire through this last series of beads and crimp tubes. When you have the wire going through all four crimp tubes in both directions, pull the wire snug, we recommend pushing the beads together by hand, and crimp all four crimp tubes. Cover each crimp with a sterling silver crimp tube cover.
Approximate size: 7 feet Estimated time: Under two hours Difficulty level: Beginner