Bead Landing™ Metal Mania™ Aztec Summer Necklace
Coral chips provide a bright pop of color on a metal neck plate base. Dapping and additional beads combine for a truly lovely summer necklace.
Designed by Margaret Pankhurst
- Bead Landing™ Metal Mania™ Grid Neck Plate
- Bead Landing™ Metal Mania™ Tube Beads
- Bead Landing™ Metal Mania™ Chain
- Bead Landing™ Metal Mania™ Dapping Textured Bowls
- Bead Chips – Assorted Coral
- Metal Seed Beads
- Wire, 22ga
- Jump Rings, 4mm
- Jump Rings, 8mm
- Wire Cutters
- Bent Nose Pliers
- Flexible Beading Wire
- Crimp Tubes with a Loop
- Lobster Claw
Lightly flatten the textured metal bowls with a hammer.
Using the 22ga wire, layer and sew the beads, seed beads and flattened bowls to the Bead Landing Metal Mania grid neck plate.
Thread the wire through the beads and wrap the wire around the grid on the neck plate to secure the beads as needed. Be careful not to leave any sharp points of wire protruding from the back of the neck plate. Trim as needed with wire cutters.
Attach two 4mm jump rings through the holes at the sides of the grid neck plate.
Bring the two jump rings together with one 8mm large jump ring.
Cut two 6" pieces of flexible beading wire. Thread one end of each through a crimp tube. Crimp the tube down on the wire with flat nose pliers.
Thread the desired amount of beads onto each length of wire. Include the Bead Landing tube beads in the length.
Thread the other ends of the beaded lengths into the crimp tube. Crimp the tube down onto the wire using flat nose pliers.
Attach a jump ring to the ends of each beaded wire length.
Attach a 3" section of Bead Landing chain to the jump rings.
On one end of the chain attach a 4mm jump ring, and before closing the jump ring place a lobster claw.
Attach the opposite ends of the beaded wire length to the jump rings attached to the crimp tube loop.
Take four headpins and place two colored coral bead chips on each.
Bend the pin to form a right angle. Cut the pin approximately ¼" beyond the bead. Use the round end of your pliers to grasp the end of the pin and curve the pin by using a rolling motion to fold it over a single round prong. You may need to release the pin and continue the rolling motion again.
Before closing the loop of the headpin, attach the beaded headpins to the jump rings that connect the neck plate to the beaded wire length.