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Sugar and Spice
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This necklace is sweet enough to eat! Our designer was looking at her beads and began grouping them around this beautiful focal pendant. She found the colors reminiscent of hard candy. The random design further encourages the playful feel of this necklace.
Step one: Begin by making the bead pendant for the bail. Using two yards of waxed nylon thread, string four 4mm garnet Czech glass druk beads, pass the thread through the hole of the pendant, and string six more beads. Pass the thread several times through the beads until it creates tension in the loop. Make a knot in the thread behind the pendant, and pass it through a few more beads before cutting the tail.
Step two: Cut a length of Soft Flex jewelry wire to approximately 23 inches. Crimp one end to the loop end of your toggle clasp using a 2x2mm crimp tube. For detailed instructions on how to crimp, please visit the Handy Tips section of our Learning Center. Begin randomly stringing your beads.
Step three: After you string about nine inches of beads, add a couple of inches of fire polished and druks mixed together. This is the center of your necklace. You will add the pendant to the strand at this time. Make sure no big beads are right up against the pendant. Resume the random pattern until you have 20 inches of beads.
Step four: Crimp the remaining end of the wire to the bar of the toggle clasp. Trim excess wire and cover both crimp tubes with sterling silver crimp covers.
Tip: As an alternative to the beaded bail, you can use a pinch bail or large oval open jump ring to hang the pendant on the necklace. Because the pendants are hand made it is difficult to say exactly where the hole will be drilled. We recommend buying the largest jump rings available to be safe.
Approximate size: 21 inches Difficulty Level: Beginner Estimated Time: Approximately one hour
Tools Used: Nipper tool (TOOL-101) Crimping pliers (TOOL-100) Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106) Large loop scissors (TOOL-127)