Bead Gallery® Agate Necklace
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Bead Gallery® Agate Necklace

Slices of amethyst agate radiate to create a bib from embellished wire donuts. Rich, velvety red faceted lentils make this stunning necklace sparkle.

Designed by Molly Schaller

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Banded Agate Slices (13) – Amethyst
  • Iris Glass Bicones (6), 6mm – Purple
  • Iris Glass Bicones (4), 8mm – Purple
  • Multi Iris Glass Rounds (92), 4mm
  • Opaque Faceted Glass Lentils (15), 12mm – Ruby
  • Iris Glass Rounds (22), 8mm – Purple
  • Iris Ovals (2), 13x22mm – Purple
  • Wire Donuts (2)
  • Crimp Tubes (10)
  • Chain (1½)
  • Headpin, 2"
  • Eyepins (2), 2"
  • Lobster Clasp
  • .018" Flexible Beading Wire, 40"
  • 24 ga Beading Wire, 48" – Purple
 

Project Instructions

Cut the 24 gauge wire into two 24" pieces.  

Cut the flexible beading wire into two 5" pieces, one 8" piece, one 10" piece and one 12" piece.  

Onto the 12" piece of flexible beading wire string one crimp tube. Pass the beading wire through the wire donut and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the crimp tube.  

When stringing the agate slices, set them out before stringing from smallest to largest (center) and then back to smallest. Start by stringing the smaller slices.  

String one 4mm multi iris round, one purple agate slice, one 4mm multi iris round, one purple agate slice, one 6mm purple iris bicone, one purple agate slice , one 6mm purple iris bicone, one purple agate slice, one 6mm purple iris bicone, one purple agate slice, one 8mm purple iris bicone, one purple agate slice and one purple iris bicone.  

String the largest purple agate slice and repeat Step 5 in reverse order, stringing from the largest slice to the smallest.  

String one crimp tube. Pass the wire through the second wired donut and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the tube and trim excess wire.  

Onto the 10" piece of flexible beading wire, string one crimp tube. Pass the beading wire through the wire donut above the previous strand and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the tube  

String one 4mm multi iris round and one 12mm ruby opaque faceted glass lentil. Repeat 12 more times. String one 4mm multi iris round and one crimp tube.  

Pass the beading wire through the second wire donut above the previous strand and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the tube and trim excess wire.  

Onto the 8" piece of flexible beading wire, string one crimp tube. Pass the beading wire through the wire donut above the previous strand and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the tube.  

String one 4mm multi iris round and one 8mm purple iris round. Repeat 14 more times. String one 4mm multi iris round and a crimp tube.  

Pass the beading wire through the second wire donut above the previous strand and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the tube and trim excess wire.

Secure a 24 gauge 24" piece of purple wire to one wire donut by wrapping its tail around the wire frame.  

Slide one 4mm multi iris round onto the long tail of the wire. Pass the wire through the donut twice. Repeat this step going all the way around the outside of the wire donut until you come to the point where the innermost strand of the necklace is connected.  

Wrap the tail of the wire around the donut to secure the end. Trim any tails.  

Repeat Steps 14 through 17 on the second wire donut.  

Onto a 5" piece of beading wire, string one crimp tube. Pass the wire through the wire donut opposite the middle strand of the necklace and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the crimp tube.  

String one 4mm multi iris round, one purple iris oval, one 4mm multi iris round, one 12mm lentil, one 4mm multi iris round and one 4mm multi iris round.  

String one 8mm purple iris round and one 4mm multi iris round. Repeat this step two more times.  

String one crimp tube and pass it through the final link of the chain and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the tube and trim excess wire.

Repeat Steps 18 through 21 on the other wire donut, but finish the strand with a lobster clasp.  

Onto an eyepin slide one 4mm multi iris round. Make a simple loop. Repeat.  

Onto a headpin slide one 8mm purple iris round and one 4mm multi iris round. Make a wrapped loop.  

Connect the links to the end of the chain in this order: one 4mm multi iris round link, one 4mm multi iris round link and the wrapped loop link.

Tips

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