Belle Epoque Necklace
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Belle Epoque Necklace

Designed by Michaels Jewelry Instructor Heidi Parviainen.

"I've always had a love of history, art and design. My Belle Epoque pieces are the result of this synergism. Inspired by the era of the same name, my goal was to recreate the elegant, timeless beauty of that golden era into jewelry that could be worn today."

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Bead Landing™ Night and Day Chain (2 Pkg)
  • Bead Landing™ Night and Day Chain (1 Pkg) 10"
  • Bead Landing™ Night and Day Pendant (1)
  • Bead Landing™ Chain (1 Pkg)
  • Bead Landing™ Chain (2 Pkg)
  • Bead Landing™ Night and Day Strand (1)
  • Jet 8x6 Twist Cats Eye Beads (8)
  • Glass Donut Beads Crystal and Silver (9)
  • Rondelle Beads (18) 3x6mm
  • Bead Landing™ Black Flower (1)
  • Bead Landing™ Jump Rings (12)
  • Bead Landing™ Lobster Claw Clasp
  • 2 Pairs Bead Landing™ Chain Nose Pliers
  • 1 Pair Bead Landing™ Side Cutters
  • 1 Pair Crimping Pliers
  • Bead Landing™ Crimp Beads, size 1, (8)
  • Bead Landing™ Crimp Bead Covers (8) Optional
  • 7 Strand Beading Wire, 2 lengths: 12" and 8"
  • Bead Landing™ Jump Rings
  • Bead Landing™ Bead Board
 

Project Instructions

To create top strand of necklace (strand A):

Use bead board to measure 12 inches of beading wire.

Use side cutters to cut beading wire at desired length.

Slide 2 crimp beads onto the beading wire.

Bring end of wire back through crimp beads, creating small (1/4") loop.

Use crimping pliers to crimp both crimp beads.

Place beads on top row of bead board in the following order: jet rondelle, silver donut, smoky rondelle, jet cats eye, smoky rondelle, silver donut, jet rondelle, jet cats-eye,

Repeat pattern until you have used all of the beads.

String beads onto beading wire .

Slide 2 crimp beads onto beading wire.

Bring end of wire through the crimp beads and first rondelle, creating small (1/4") loop.

Use crimping pliers to crimp both beads.

Use side cutters to snip any excess beading wire.

Use chain nose pliers to close 4 crimp bead covers over the 4 exposed crimp beads.

Reserve strand on top row of bead board for later use.

 

To create middle strand of necklace:


Using 2 pairs of chain nose pliers, open loop connecting the last pearl to crystal components on both chains.

Remove one of the pearls from one chain.

Use open link on pearl of first chain to connect to crystal connector of second chain, ensuring all crystals are facing the same direction when connected.

Reserve chain on second row of bead board for later use.

To create bottom strand:

Use bead board to measure 8 inches of beading wire.

Use side cutters to cut wire at desired length.

Slide 2 crimp beads onto beading wire.

Bring end of wire back through crimp beads, creating a small (1/4") loop

Use crimping pliers to crimp both beads.

Place pre-strung strand on bottom row of bead board.

Use side cutters to snip off end of temporary stringing.

Gently slide beads off of temporary stringing leaving the order intact.

String beads onto beading wire.

Slide 2 crimp beads onto beading wire.

Bring the end of wire back through crimp beads and next 2 beads of strand, making a small (1/4") loop.

Use crimping pliers to crimp both beads.

Use side cutters to trim any excess beading wire.

Use chain nose pliers to close 4 crimp beads covers over the exposed crimp beads.

Use bead board to measure 10 inches of crystal chain.

Fold chain in half.

Use side cutters to snip at fold.

Use 2 pairs chain nose pliers to open the last link at the end on one chain.

Attach to strand of beads, ensuring crystal drops are facing forward.

Repeat on other side.

When attaching strands to flower pendant: the bottom strand will connect to the left side loop, the middle strand to the center loop and the top strand to the right side loop.

Use 2 pairs of chain nose pliers to open 11 jump rings: (6) 10mm jump rings, (4) 7mm and (2) 5mm.

Use (1) 7mm jump ring to per strand to attach to designated loop.

Return strands to bead tray.


To create back of necklace:

Using 2 pairs of chain nose pliers, remove chains from (4) Figure 8, crystal links.

Use 10mm jump ring to attach 2 links together.

Repeat with other pair.

Use 10 mm jump ring to attach one pair to top loop of pendant.

On opposite side, loop a 10mm jump ring through top, middle and bottom strands of necklace and crystal link.

Use bead board to measure a 6 inch and 4inch piece of crystal chain.

Use 2 pairs of chain nose pliers to open jump rings, between crystal components at desired length.

Use 10 mm jump ring to attach 6 inch length of chain to crystal links above flower pendant.

Use 10 mm jump ring to 4 inch piece to opposite side.

Use 5mm jump ring to attach lobster claw to desired side of necklace.

Use 5mm jump ring to attach 10mm jump ring to opposite side.