This is a wonderful Mother's Day gift or just a fun way to brag about your kids! Whether you have one child or ten, this necklace is a fun and colorful way to display your ID badge or carry your timecard or keycard for work. This example uses the names and birthstone colors for the designer's children. When purchasing your beads, remember to use your child's birthstone colors. If you are uncertain of the birthstone colors please click HERE or go to the Swarovski section and click on Birthstone Colors.
Step one: Attach a sterling silver split ring to the bar end of a 16mm sterling silver round toggle clasp. It is best to use split ring tweezers with sterling rings. Cut a length of Soft Flex .019 beading wire to approximately 30 inches. Attach one end to the split ring using a 2x2mm crimp tube. For instructions on how to use a crimp tube, please visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center. Cover the crimp tube with a crimp cover.
Step two: Begin stringing your beads with a 6mm daisy spacer followed by six 6mm fire polished beads in your first color. Add a daisy spacer, and then your child's name. Start with the last letter in the name and work backwards so that the name reads top to bottom when you are done. Add another daisy spacer and six more fire polished beads. For just two children, you would continue the pattern to the center of the necklace. If you have more kids, you would add another name after one segment of the beads. Follow that with that child's birthstone color, etc.
Step three: When you reach the center of the design, or approximately 13 inches of beads, string five daisy spacers. Begin your second color of beads. When you are a few inches from the end of your design, add the second child's name, this time starting with the first letter of the name. Finish with another segment of fire polished beads. For more than two children, we recommend leaving small segments of beads between the names on both ends of the designs and longer segments for the section of beads that will be at the back of your neck so that all names are visible.
Step four: Crimp the end to the split ring. Cover with a crimp tube.
Step five: Cut a length of sterling silver 065 open cable chain to approximately 7 inches. Loop it through your badge, keycard, or whatever you will be wearing with this accessory. Attach both ends of the chain to a sterling silver split ring. On the same split ring, attach the 'Special Mom' charm using an open jump ring.
Step six: Attach the split ring to the loop end of the toggle clasp. Hook the two pieces of the toggle together. You have a removable badge and stylish badge holder!
Approximate size: 28 inches plus a 3.5 inch drop for the chain
List of Components: Please remember, the more children you have, or the longer the name, the less fire-polished beads and sterling silver spacers you will need. Sterling silver 4.5mm square letter beads for your children's names 6mm fire polished beads in your children's birthstone color (100 beads were used in this example) 6mm daisy spacer (INDSY60A, 27 were used in this example) Sterling silver 065 open cable chain (925CH18, qty 1ft) 16mm sterling silver round toggle clasp (SS-TOG03, qty 1) Sterling silver Special Mom charm (CHARM456, qty 1) Sterling silver open jump ring (SS-OJR50-C, qty 1) 7mm sterling silver split ring (SS-SR07, qty 2) 2x2mm sterling silver crimp tube (SS-CRM2, qty 2) Sterling silver crimp cover (SS-CCOV01, qty 2) Soft Flex .019 jewelry wire (SF19-30CL)