Elegant Black Swarovski Pearl Multi-Strand Necklace
designed byCheri Carlson
Approximate Size16 Inches
Sometimes a simple, solid black color palette can be the most sophisticated!
Cheri wanted to make a variation of her Jacqueline necklace in all black and this stunning necklace is the result. This project is a great way to learn how to make multi-strand necklaces that lay nicely on the neck. To learn more about making multi-strand necklaces like this one, make sure to watch this Artbeads Cafe episode.
For the shortest strand, cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 18 inches long. Use a Bead Stopper on the end and string 23 Swarovski 6mm round pearls in Mystic Black onto the strand, followed by seven Swarovski 12mm round pearls in Mystic Black and 23 more 6mm pearls. Add a Bead Stopper to the end.
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 20 inches long. Add the end to one of your Bead Stoppers already holding your first strand. String 23 6mm pearls onto the strand, followed by nine 12mm pearls and 23 more 6mm pearls. Add this end to the other Bead Stopper. Check the fit of this strand with your innermost strand and adjust the bead count as necessary for a good fit.
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 22 inches long. Add the end to one of your Bead Stoppers already holding your first two strands. String 23 6mm pearls onto the strand, followed by 11 12mm pearls and 23 more 6mm pearls. Add this end to the other Bead Stopper. Check the fit of this strand with your other two strands and adjust the bead count as necessary for a good fit.
Attach a sterling silver 4.60mm open jump ring to each of the six loops on the 3-strand plume design hook and eye clasp.
Add a crimp tube to the end of your shortest strand. Bring it through the jump ring on the top loop of one half of your clasp and back through the crimp tube. Pull tight but do not crimp in place yet. Repeat on the other end of the strand with the other half of the clasp. Do this with the next two strands, adding them to the respective loops on the clasp. At this stage you can check the fit of the necklace, making sure the strands lay nicely together. Add or remove beads if necessary. Or, if you need to, you can add jump rings to the ends of the strands.
When you have the fit of your necklace right, crimp the strands in place. Then, hide each crimp with a sterling silver 3mm crimp cover.
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